Just Passing Through // PARADOX OF THE CORAL SEA
Watch the latest JPT episode featuring Mick Fanning, Rob Machado, Kai Otton, Mikala Jones to this mystery island. The Journey into the unknown, with only hope of swell on the horizon and no sense of direction or prior knowledge of what to expect. It’s not every day the world’s best surfers are caught off guard with such bliss and beauty.
We all had some free time before Christmas and decided to drive down the Pacific Coast side of Baja, making pit stops at right point breaks along the way. We drove through mountain passes, boojum tree forests, fishing villages, a couple big towns and down miles and miles of dirt roads. Baja is incredibly diverse, colorful and beautiful despite being a desert region.
We had picked an especially rainy and windy week to be down there, but made the most of it- Flying kites when the wind picked up and reading and cooking meals when the rain squalls came through.
We got everything from ankle high a-frames to head high point breaks, with a couple un-surfable white capped days in-between. Time passes at a different pace when you’re there.
Some essentials to lug south of the border:
4wd vehicle: A majority of the best surf spots are a long, rocky trek away from the paved highway.
Map of Baja: We customized ours with little red dots marking the best taco joints/surf spots
All-weather tent: Winter can bring cold fronts, wind and rain.
Extra cans of gasoline: to have the ability to find out what’s at the end of that dirt road without stressing about running out of fuel.
Extra drinking water: bring more than you’d think!
Hammock: for those post-surf power siestas
Fresh food and a camp stove: When we needed a break from Mexican cookies and tacos, we scrambled sweet potatoes, kale, onions, veggies and went through a couple bags of avocados.
Kite: For when the Baja winds blow