Exploring Mexico surf with the Blue Goose

Patience and her new friend the Blue Goose in Morro Ayuta

The notorious power beach break of Puerto Escondido made for good rides and good wipe outs. The waves got gnarly, the anchorage was sketchy and the tourism flourishing. It was time to move on. Huatulco was our next stop; a necessary place to rest, provision, check out of Mexico and wait for a weather window to cross the dangerous Gulf of Tehuantepec. Or so we thought.

A good wave, but crowded. Our first stop: Barra de la Cruz.

Upon reaching Huatulco, we noticed another sail boat (the Blue Goose) pull into the anchorage around the same time as us. Considering the remoteness and commitment to continue south, this part of Mexico is not as sailing friendly anymore and we were curious to share stories. Little did we know that they would become our good friends and buddy boat for weeks to come. Mark and Amelie, the crew of the Blue Goose are two eccentric, lively and deeply interesting folk, who have been sailing Mexico for three years (www.markmeadows.com to see awesome illustrations and writings from Blue Goose). They share our passion of surfing, as well as many others. It’s nothing but great times with them.

Blue Goose and Patience were the only sail boats in this beautiful, remote bay. Morro Ayuta.

Our first interaction was simple and effective: We paddled our surfboards over to say hi. Mark simultaneously offered us Mezcal and a proposal to explore remote surf breaks down the coast. They had gotten several coordinates marking good and remote surf spots within the next 50 miles.  The rest is history. Our careful plans for checking out of Mexico and provisioning went out the window. The following morning, we buddy boated it to our first surf break, Barra de la Cruz. This was the only place that had people, as it is accessible via land. Ever since it hosted a professional series surf competition, the secret of it was gone.  The wave was good, but we only spent one day there, knowing there were more waves and less surfers ahead.

This is the wave we found in Morro Ayuta. Big, grinding perfection.

A short day sail brought us to the next bay; Morro Ayuta. This was the highlight. The large, beautiful bay is the epitome of remote southern Oaxaca. There were a few palapas along the beach, but besides that it was just us, the jungle and a beautiful right point break. We were ecstatic.

Sailing together to our next point: Chipehua.

We spent two days here, surfing this rugged, grinding point break that had its dangers as well as its rewards. It took some commitment to drop into the beasts, surrounded by rocks and battling vicious currents. We paid our dues and reaped rewards.

Our final point, named Chipehua, took us deeper into the Gulf of Tehuantepec, but not into the most dangerous part yet; a good jump off point for our crossing. This was a deep point that had a high quality wrapping wave, but it was unfortunately revealed to the public via surf camps. Though we had a fun sunset session after we arrived, the following morning proved crowded with US surfers, from the camp.

The deep point of Chipehua with the Gulf of Tehuantepec looming beyond.

All in all, we only spent roughly 10 days between Huatulco and Chipehua. It was short lived, but it embodied our intent of venturing into our world of surf exploration: Contouring a remote coastline via sailboat, following charts and advice from friends to see what would be offered to us. We learned about navigating shore hazards and anchoring without guidance. Ultimately though, it allowed us to expose ourselves fully by giving in to our passion of surfing and sailing, while working intimately with nature’s offerings.




1 comment for “Exploring Mexico surf with the Blue Goose

  1. May 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    glad your relationship with blue goose is documented. wish you would post the picture of you boarding over, food in tow (well, mouth), flippers working hard.

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