This is Diego Cadena from up the coast, in Sayulitta. He was getting really tubed while I was down there. Pasquales breaks out a lot further than Puerto, so most guys end up wearing leashes. I guess Diego isn’t one of them.
This is a pretty good Central American lightning storm. It’s always fun to watch storms like this one, because you really don’t see any in California.
More Mexican perfection. This wave looks like it’s breaking really far out. It’s probably outside of the pack, so people probably just had to wear this thing it on the head.
That’s Nathan Hedge. It was the first time I’d ever met him and he was a legend. He’s super funny, stoked on surfing and stoked on life. It’s crazy how you can tell when a guy has been on the ‘CT. He was doing really big turns on meaty waves. His rail game and confidence was well ahead everyone else’s.
Rob Brown bought a ticket to go down for 5 days and he ended up staying 6 weeks. He didn’t even come with boards, he just borrowed someone’s when he was down there. Rob is pretty care-free, in life and in this photo.
This is Ricky Whitlock messing around at the bodega in Tecomán. The town of Pasquales has literally nothing, so you’ve got to drive here if you want to get groceries or anything.
This was the biggest day of my trip. Rust Long likes to sit and wait for the really good ones instead of battling for the medium ones. He’ll wait and wait for that perfect wave and when it comes, he pounces.
I really like this shot. This pool kind of just got built-up, so I snuck behind there to play with a reflection a bit. This is Ricky Whitlock living the good life.
Nick Von Rupp was definitely the standout of the trip. He won the contest and was getting a ton of good waves freesurfing. As you can see, Nic was really good at doing big turns after coming out of barrels.
This is Nic Von Rupp coming out from a rare evening session. The best part of the photo is that guy stretching. He usually wears a batman mask and dances all day long. Literally, all day long. Form dawn to dusk. And he somehow pulls chicks too.
Devon Thresher on a fun-looking left. Florida had a decent little presence down there. Those guys seem to travel a ton and get really barreled.
I had a problem with my rental car, but when I took it back all they had was a Jeep Wrangler — one of those windowless ones. I swear I think it belonged to one of the employees because it was the biggest piece of shit rental car I’ve ever had. And summertime Mexico, it’s raining every afternoon so it would just get filled with water. It was a nightmare. But, at least for this shot, it served its purpose. I climbed up on the roll bars and shot lineups for like 20 minutes. This one turned out cool, but I really had to wrangle for it.
I think my camera was still in the housing when I snapped this. I just saw this wave coming and had to shoot it. That’s of the scene of the contest to the left. They actually were deciding whether or not to hold the contest this morning. Look at that A-frame — the crazy thing is that they decided against it.
Nils Schwiezer and his ten-point ride. This girl would always hang out on the beach with a few of her friends, and Nils was able to stroke into it. He also got one of the best barrels that I saw.
I got a little bit of money for making the finals of Follow The Light, so I just used it to buy a ticket to Mexico. I went during the Pawa contest at Pasquales and there was a good group of guys around. I love that place. When the sand is good and the swell is the right direction, I think it’s one of the best barrels in the world. It’s a beachbreak too, so it’s really spread out. It’s crazy how it focuses all the of the swell energy right there — you could walk 200 yards down the beach and it’ll be 3 feet when right out front is 20. I think it’s magical. —Seth de Roulet