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SUP Surfers Know How to Have Fun

Mar 10, 2015 09:31PM ● By Manny Vargas

I run weekend surf trips to Northern Baja. And one thing that I can say for certain is that SUP surfers know how to have a good time. A recent Baja Weekender trip with the Salty Sistas, which includes Natural Awakenings publisher Elaine Russo, confirmed this theory.

This particular group of women truly understood and took full advantage of the fact that they had a personal designated driver, bodyguard, tour guide and surf guide for the entire weekend. What would you do with that kind of knowledge?

Here’s just a few things that got my seal of approval for the now Baja Weekender veterans:

Surf Till You Drop
“The first one to come in is the one that waits the longest.” Those are my last words before the group heads out for their first session. It took almost two hours before one of them came in and another 45 for the last person to come in. They didn’t paddle out, sit and wait. I watched from the cliff as the Salty Sistas tackled almost every wave that came in. Without a doubt, their wave count quotas were met, and then some. 

Eat Healthy and with Gusto
I’ve had a few vegans and gluten-free surfers on my Baja Weekender trips before but to order up the street-side breakfast burritos from our girl America at K-36 Burritos was a big deal in my eyes. The gluten-free crew knew that the contents of the burritos were going to be delicious so they ordered up the burritos and peeled off the high octane gluten flour tortillas and chowed down. They ate healthy and with gusto.

Make your own Fun
Each group gets a case of beer as part of their surf trip package. This adventurous group of women didn’t finish their case—but for good reason. After lunch on Saturday, they went on the hunt for some Mexican brewed tequila instead. The women found it and ended up spending a memorable Saturday afternoon bonding, laughing and sipping on tequila. They paced themselves though. They knew if the winds backed off a bit they were going to surf again. However, the wind never backed down which led to an evening full of good cheer.

Expect the Unexpected
After warning the ladies to pace themselves with the chips and guacamole before dinner, I figured they wouldn’t be able to pull off finishing their lobster special at Vista al Mar #3 in Puerto Nuevo. I was wrong. They finished everything on the table and then cracked open the tequila bottle to celebrate an awesome day. And that’s precisely when the traveling mariachi band showed up. Within seconds everyone at the table started dancing.

On the last day of each surf trip, we hold an Awards Gala at Charly’sTaqueria at K-37. After another long epic morning session, I figured the ladies would eat and want to pass out. I was wrong again. A duet was setting up on the makeshift stage in the restaurant just as we were winding down with lunch and the awards. I knew if we didn’t get out of there before the first chorus, we were going to stay another hour or two. Well…we almost made it. For the next hour or so, the Salty Sistas took over the stage as backup singers and dancers. It looked like an MTV music award special!

This trip reminded me of the Baja of the past—the kind of trip where you can enjoy yourself without worry in Mexico and come back home in one piece. And that’s what the Baja Weekender trips are all about. The Salty Sistas made this particular trip a very memorable one and really drove the point home that life is meant to be enjoyed. Not only did the group capture the spiritual essence of the trip—the group bonding, being one with the waves, seeing the green flash at sunset—they captured each moment and made the most of it. Yes, SUP surfers know how to have fun. 

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