The waves were inconsistent on this trip, and the water was actually cold, at least by Cabo standards. Here, Taylor and Dane tough it out into the evening hours. Photo: Jimmicane.
Taylor didn’t even bring a wetsuit, so he ended up having to borrow one from photographer Corey Wilson. That selfless soul was nearly hypothermic by the end of this session, but he just wanted to get a good photo. This one’s pretty nice, Corey. Photo: C. Wilson
“Water on deck” — the spray that comes up onto your board when you’re doing a turn — is something Taylor thinks a lot about. With how wonky this wave was, it was unavoidable on some sections, even for him. Photo: C. Wilson
Sunrise from our house. If you want to book this spot click here: http://www.vrbo.com/435050. It’s more affordable than you’d think. Photo: Jimmicane
Dane and Taylor swapped boards a couple of times. Taylor did his first air-reverse on Dane’s board, and here, Dane gives air to a board that is typically submerged. Photo: C. Wilson
A couple of years ago SURFING suggested people stop doing floaters and start using floaters. This is what we meant. Taylor takes the gentleman's route to pass the section. Photo: Jimmicane
This is not a fly-away. Dane earnestly tried to stick this, but landed in that sketchy valley between the lip and the whitewater. Would have been the biggest air ever done, we believe. Photo: Jimmicane
If you check out our November issue you’ll see that most of the images were shot during a very special trip to mainland Mexico. But before we tasted magic on the mainland, we dabbled with mediocrity on Baja. These 19 photos are from the first trip with Taylor and Dane, to Cabo. As Dane said in his edit from this trip, we were “revisiting the same shitty wave that Taylor Knox killed in 2002 in the movie Arc.” But Taylor had made it look deceivingly good in the film, and so we went. The waves were average and the water was cold, but Taylor and Dane got along well enough to say, “Let’s try again.” So we went to mainland Mexico, we went around California, and then we threw it all together and made a magazine. —Taylor Paul