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, 8 Mar
Old Man at The Point - I do remember the old man who lived at the point. Back in 1968-1971 he would allow the surfers to sleep there and serve them meals for a very low price. I surfed Matanchen Bay the summers of 1968 - 1971. I remember the long rides on forever 4-6 foot waves.
The jeegenes I like to forget. My last trip to Matanchen, 1971 I stayed at the hotel Colon. Great memories.
- That would have been in early 60'
Mathchan Bay, Mexico - Does any one remember the old man that lived in the tree house on the point at Mathnchan Bay in San Blas Mexico?
San Blas 1969-1976 - The first time to San Blas from Corpus was in 1969 was in a 1950 Chev turquoise panel van that i traded a new board for, with 5 guys. Many trips after that and always got some waves, thought not all good. We have some old super 8mm film. Became great friends with Lalo and Nacho. Lalo came to see me in Port Isabel 1974 surf meet. The river boat ride we got some film of that. I have scars from the worlds biggest mosquito lol. Wonderful memories. I will I had email address for Lalo and/or Nacho. If anyone does please send to me. They use to call me Marciano lol.. Thanks Migo
By dan landavazo
easter break 1968 - 17 years old busted smoking at lupes first night after a day of great surf. Mazatlan police escorted us out of town one week and $1,500.00 later. South to the bay. Great surf and a trip that makes little boys grow up.
Mateo - I remember you. I was in San Blas in early 70s. We spent many nites in the square. You lived in a small apt near the square. Mota and surfing ruled. Those were the days.Hope your well. I had so much fun in San Blas. Remember River mouth. Laos, Bimboya, Riccido. Tropical vistas from the old fort at sunset. Wish iI could turn back the clock!
By Mateo Gordon
Change was inevitable - Thanks to all of you for the update about San Blas and Matanchen....please send more info. I lived there in the early 70's/80's and agree those were the best winters of my life; but took it for granted now that I look at what it meant to me at 60 years old. It was bound to change. I also was there in the early 90s and it still had that community feeling. I can only imagine it now thanks to the internet and the plastic hip, show-off crap introduced to the area. I am so glad I knew it when it was at a lower scale, and when the surfing and mota was a real adventurous treat. Say hi to Don, as he and I were good pals back then.
1968 & 3rd Point - ...dropped out of Baylor University my junior year, went home to South Texas, retrieved my 8' Barry Kanaiaupuni pintail and headed for San Blas. Summer of '68, living in San Blas, driving up and down the coast surfin' spots from Puerto Vallerta to Mazitlan but the best was Playa Matanchen and 1st, 2nd and 3rd point. Just surfin', smoking the mota, getting turned on to the west coast sounds starting to make their way out of the Bay Area. Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Steppenwolf ("Goddam the Pusher Man"), Also Hendrix, Eric Burton and the Animals, Canned Heat, Mama's and the Papa's (God I was so hot for Michelle Phillips). Jack Keroack along with Timothy Leary, turn on, tune in, drop out! Summer of Love, Magic Bus and the Who done sung MY Gen..Gen..Geration and the Stone's Street Fighting Man!! Lotta great music, good dope and more waves than you could piss in. I wish I'd realized it but this was the best summer of my life. Had I known that it was I wouldn't have spent so much time waliking around in a cannabis induced semi-coma haze.
matanchen bay - went back one more time in early Nov '07.
caught 4 days of nice surf...the girls were on it one day, everyone surfing 2nd point and riding past the 1 st point.
got high at hippie don's with local Andra..
sadly, it seems San Blas is not as slow paced now, rap music and internet and loud fast cars.
the bugs at the bay are still bad at dusk and the new construction at the Bay is amazing.
Pepe's hotel Colon is gone replaced with a Corona bottling plant.
Still it was fun- the wave can still line up and give you a thrill.
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