The Pacif­ic Coast of Mex­i­co boasts some of the most mag­nif­i­cent surf­ing spots in the world. Warm waters, killer waves, and unspoiled beach­es make this part of the world one of the best to hang ten. Here are six of the hottest surf spots to head to year-round.

Ense­na­da, Baja Mexico
Ense­na­da, a once sleepy vil­lage in Baja, Mex­i­co is now all about fun. It’s also a town with a surfer’s beach, San Miguel, which is extra beau­ti­ful thanks to its black sand beach­es. The waves are for inter­me­di­ate to expert surfers and the best surf­ing is dur­ing the win­ter months. Although the water is warmer than in the States, you’ll still want to slip on a wet­suit in the win­ter months.

Tron­cones, Guerrero
This is anoth­er for­mer fish­ing vil­lage turned surfer hang­out near Zihu­atane­jo. The main draw for surfers is the sought-after break at the beach com­mu­ni­ty of Tron­cones Point. This spot is main­ly for inter­me­di­ate and expert surfers, but begin­ners are also catered to, as long as they watch for the rocks. It’s about a 15 minute walk to Man­zanil­lo Bay, which boasts a gor­geous set of waves that break onto a rocky point. The extra gnarly waves here lend them­selves more towards inter­me­di­ate to expert surfers.

Pas­cuales, Colima
This spot is for expe­ri­enced surfers only. Boca de Pas­cuales in the tiny state of Col­i­ma has a leg­endary river­mouth beach break with bar­rel­ing waves break­ing from both left and right, some­times reach­ing heights of 30 feet and up. The best wind direc­tion is from the north-north­east. This spot often receives dis­tant groundswells and the best swell direc­tion is from the south­west. Waves at the riv­er break both left and right. Oh, and watch out for sharks.

Rosar­i­to Beach, Baja
Rosar­i­to’s loca­tion makes it pop­u­lar with the gray hairs on bus trips and surfers alike. One of the main rea­sons is that it’s only a half-hour dri­ve from San Diego along the well-main­tained Rosar­i­to-Ense­na­da toll road. Surfers flock to the long beach­es which offer excel­lent waves for both begin­ning and expe­ri­enced surfers. Some of the favorite local surf spots are in and around the beach just south of Rio Golf Resort. Surf Baja Mal­ibu at about the lev­el of the 22 km mark on the toll road is one of the best beach breaks in north­ern Baja. Or try Rosari­ta Beach itself, from the Fes­ti­val Plaza Hotel to the pow­er plant, for con­sis­tent waves that occa­sion­al­ly turn gnarly.

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Puer­to Escondido
This port is main­ly for expe­ri­enced surfers and offers up an unpre­ten­tious beach expe­ri­ence that’s all about the waves, includ­ing the leg­endary pipeline that put Mex­i­can surf­ing on the map: the beach break Zicatela.

Swells hit the Puer­to Escon­di­do sand­bars at Zicatela Beach in such a way that the waves jack up in size, which is often empha­sized by a back­wash. In near­by El Tomatal, there’s access to a reef break, a type of wave that breaks with a coral, stone or rock bot­tom and the waves are usu­al­ly about six to eight feet high.

Todos San­tos
There are sev­er­al surf breaks in and around Todos San­tos that can be, at times, down­right awe­some. The top three spots are, in no par­tic­u­lar order, Cer­ri­tos, El Pedri­to, and La Pas­to­ra. Each offers its own pros and cons and each is undoubt­ed­ly a favorite among locals, depend­ing on who you talk to. The stretch of coast between Los Cabos and Todos San­tos is famous for world-class waves and is main­ly for advanced surfers. Dur­ing sum­mer months the impres­sive swells draw crowds to San Pedri­to, where the big-wave action is, while beau­ti­ful Playa Los Cer­ri­tos is a big hit with camp­ing surfers look­ing for a warm-weath­er escape.

For most of us being a week­end war­rior means sneak­ing out of work a few hours ear­ly on a Fri­day to beat traf­fic and snag the best camp­site. For the folks in this short film it means fly­ing to Méx­i­co to climb and ski North Amer­i­ca’s 3rd high­est peak, Pico de Oriz­a­ba, in 55 hours.

Ski tour­ing is a phys­i­cal­ly demand­ing feat on its own, but to sum­mit an 18,491 ft peak with only few hours to accli­mate to the ele­va­tion is bold, dar­ing, and awesome!

 

The inspired big wall climber Alex Hon­nold suc­cess­ful­ly free-soloed El Sendero Lumi­noso, a sus­tained 5.12 route on a 1,500-foot big wall in El Potrero Chico, Mex­i­co. In his cus­tom­ary style, with­out a rope and mov­ing quick­ly, Hon­nold com­plet­ed the route, which often takes climb­ing par­ties two days, in just three hours.

Camp 4 Col­lec­tive cap­tured this amaz­ing footage by installing a cam­era on the route. The effect of the lone cam­era, the blus­ters of wind, and the deep breathes of Hon­nold as he tra­vers­es with a crossover move from a gas­ton, where he reach­es across his body with his left hand while putting counter-pres­sure on his right, is deeply unnerv­ing. Notice too how his feet pre­car­i­ous­ly bal­ance on the micro-edges of this routes’ noto­ri­ous­ly brit­tle lime­stone while thou­sands of feet above the deck.

This glimpse into the full-length film com­ing out by the North Face lat­er this year is enough to con­vince that this route is cer­tain­ly one of Honnold’s great­est achieve­ments of his already illus­tri­ous young career.