The Salina Cruz area has something for everyone with a great variety of waves to choose from. One of the best attributes of this area is the array of points on offer - as you move north up the coast, the points get hollower and more powerful. There is also a fun beach break in the area, and due to constant exploration, we are finding new spots to the north and south. If you like right hand points that peel for hundreds of yards this is the best spot on Earth to explore!
Southern Oaxaca is blessed with a mix of pointbreaks and beachbreaks ranging from playful sand points throwing up chest high runners that peel for hundreds of yards, to mean, sand-sucking tubes that provide world class barrels. There is something for everyone in Southern Oaxaca, from the novice who is looking to glide, to the traveling pro who is looking to find the barrel of the season. The options are plentiful, which keeps the crowds to a minimum. And there is also a beachbreak which is surfable even on the smallest swells, and handles north winds. The season for Southern Oaxaca begins in March, and can go all the way through November and even December depending on the swell models. There are waves here year round, but south swell season is the best.
Our guides are local Mexican surfers who have been living and surfing in the area their entire life. Click here to learn more about David Ramirez and the Las Palmeras staff as well as resident pro, Josh Mulcoy.
What to bring:
Don't forget that supplies are somewhat sparse in this area. To the north in places like Puerto Escondido, surf gear is plentiful, but once you are in Salina Cruz, you are not going to want to leave, so bring plenty of boardshorts, sunblock, leashes, extra fins, wax and rash guards. Sometimes a spring suit is helpful for early morning depending on your tolerence, but the water rarely drops below 78 degrees. There is a small surfshop in Salina Cruz, but when the waves are good, its probably not open, and that can be fairly often! Depending on the size, direction and spot you are surfing, you can ride a range of boards, from a small wave fish, to a standard shortboard, and on the bigger days, a slight step-up board. Some waves are suitable for longboarding as well, and if you like to bodysurf, prepare for pocket rides for a hundred yards!
For specifics on current conditions contact Josh before you leave on your trip. He can dial you in on water temps as they do fluctuate as well as swell forecasts, and what boards you should bring. We do have extra boards lying around, but only in a case of an emergency, so come prepared!