A normal ski season usually ends sometime in mid April, however this year a little Spanish girl named La Nina extended the goods through June! This extended season of endless powder caused a predicament for many skiers who enjoy spring surf trips to warmer climates. Usually when the powder turns to slush the drinking takes the focus away from skiing and resorts switch to spring party mode. During this time of debauchery I personally like to take off and go surfing in southern Baja. However this winter never seemed to end, we were skiing Pow at the End of Aprl. Despite my addiction to Powder I continued my tradition and headed down to Baja…
Our trip started at my house located in the small fishing community of Cabo Pulmo! Cabo Pulmo is about an hour and a half north of San Jose Del Cabo and is unique because just off the beach is the only coral reef in all of Baja. If you need to get you’re dive fix check out Cabo Pulmo. This little town is filled with bungalows (check out Baja Bungalos.com for the best lodging in town). With eight of my friends at the house lots of tequila was consumed and my friend Sully had a bit of a accident… luckily he was ok.
Surfing In Baja
Baja has many surf spots and for a full list of them check out The Surfers Guide to Baja. When I go to Baja I like to spend my time surfing the East Cape. Most breaks in Baja are rarely surfed, but if I told you about the secret spots in southern Baja I’d get shot. However I can describe the three surf breaks shown in the video.
We were fortunate enough to surf Zippers, Old Man’s and The Rock during an 8 foot swell. All Three Breaks are located off the highway that connects San Jose Del Cabo to Cabo San Lucs.
Zippers is more of a locals break, but if you can handle yourself on a surfboard you’re set. Zippers is a shallow beach break with a very hollow wave. The ride is quick and won’t work well for longboards. The Rock is a safer break than Zippers however still a quick right. The break is 200 meters off shore so you’re basically safe when you get thrashed by a large set. But there are still some sleepers at low tide.
Unlike Zippers and The Rock where you can only surf a right break, at Old Man’s you can sneak lefts… if you’re confident enough in your exit (rocks rocks rocks). If you decide to go for the right you have two possibilities, Go far out and hang with the big boys or stay inside and ride the smaller waves. Whatever you do you’ll have fun. The cool thing about Old Man’s is that the Cabo Surf Hotel is touching the beach. If your looking for a place to stay chose the Cabo Surf Hotel, it’s perfect! The Cabo Surf Hotel is nothing like the super mega Cabo Wabo resort lifestyle. The Cabo Surf Hotel provides more of a small lodge feel. The Surf Hotel is hidden off the highway on the beach. What’s really makes the Cabo Surf Hotel cool is how secluded you become from the long connected beach of “spring breakers” in Cabo. The hotel is sheltered by rocks and cliffs that protect you from the vendors trying to sell fake glasses or Mexican trinkets. There’re always babes on the beach and when you’re done surfing, rinse off then hop in the cascading pool to watch your friends surf.
The Cabo Surf Hotel is paradise and gives you surf on your doorstep. But it’s no secret. The McConkey’s have a spot across from the hotel, and during my stay I ran into the Whistler Comor crew (they were there for a Wedding).
After we spoiled ourselves with surf and eye candy at the Hotel we headed back to Cabo Pulmo for the rest of our trip. There were no more accidents buts lets just say: “what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico”