Then there was that time someone shot a big-budget movie scene, at this isolated beach in Mexico. This little beach pueblo, nestled at the base of the gnar mountains of Michoacan, was once a secret spot for risk-taking surfers. But after a couple decades, as the sport rose in popularity, the crowds eventually hit hard Continue reading Shooting A Movie Scene In Michoacan
It’s been 8 years since I traveled and surfed mainland Mexico. Back then, I took so many photos and concentrated on getting those pics to the surfers, as well as Surfermag.com, that I wound up with a ton of outtakes. I always pushed forward and just stashed them all on back up discs. Now, after all those years, I’ve decided to spend some time weaving those old pics onto this site. Continue reading Breaking Open The Shoe Box Photos
How’s it go? Silver lining to every dark cloud? What about dark clouds for five or six days? And rain dumping for 18 out of every 24 hours? And flash floods at least once a day, because the ground is already soaked from a tropical storm last week. Is there a silver lining, if you can’t see the sun for a week?
Well, most people would have been satisfied to just be able to walk outside without a storm and needing an umbrella. Everyone enjoyed the lower temperatures, since the sun had a break from cooking dirt for a few days. But a small group at the coast was seeing the brightest part of the silver lining. The surfers were stoked! Continue reading Surfing: Is The Glass Half Empty Or All Day?
We are nearing the end of the season for tropical storms, and after watching the East Coast score back to back swell, I started to think of the gulf as a barren womb. All of us were denied at the beginning of the season, but the Atlantic seems to have turned into a whore that births hurricanes twice a week. All of them hooking a right turn and staying offshore and not making landfall. The perfect storm for surfers..no one gets hurt and everyone scores swell.
But the tropics have been sleepy for the small sandspit in south Texas. Well, until last week that is… Continue reading Surf Session: South Padre, Sept. 17-18th, 2010
After an eight-day week of SE swell, the winds finally turned to clean up the mess on Sunday morning. A cool front worked it’s way down to the South Padre area in the morning and early risers scored the best conditions under a light NW breeze. The size was on it’s way down fast, but those last two hours of glassy conditions are pretty much what many surfers around here wait for.
The outside sand bar was still working in the morning, where all the action had been in the previous days, but as the size went down on Sunday it became less consistent and headed for a shutdown. There was a handful of surfers out there, but most of the line up was nabbing waist-chest high thumpers on the inside. Jalufka scored a killer little barrel around mid-morning. Check out the entire sequence of Justin’s cover up as an animated .gif file. Click Here.
Words and Photos by Chuck Turkington
Well, it’s been awhile since I surfed, so that’s pretty much what I did, instead of taking photos. I took Brent’s advice and paddled out along the rocks, and rode the rip current to the outside. Without a board, that fast track out to sea would be deadly. But for a 5-7 foot swell breaking on the outside, the rip at the jetties is the quickest way to the line up.
I don’t think I caught the swell at it’s peak, and it was dropping fast, but I saw some fun waves and managed to grab a couple.I did manage to take a few photos in the early evening. Not many people were still surfing, but I saw Carlos and Tim catch a couple. They’ve got good style, so I was stoked to see them through the lens.
Photos by Chuck Turkington
It was January 2008 and I was camping out in central Mexico, surfing and taking pics…the usual. One day some new shredders show up. Turns out to be Sepp Bruhwiler and Shannon Brown visiting from Canada. Noah Cohen was with them and also a kid named Martin (I can’t recall Martin’s last name). All of them surfed killer. They were shredders for sure, so I followed them around for a week and got some amazing shots! Continue reading Random Encounters in Mexico: Sepp Bruhwiler and Shannon Brown.
Words and Photos by Chuck Turkington
You should have been here tomorrow. That’s all I can say to all my Texas buddies that split after new year’s. Yeah, I know…not all of us are able to take vacations based on swell maps but what a difference a little west makes in a north swell. At least it wasn’t flat during anyone’s visit.
After surfing head high and under for almost a month, some size finally found it’s way down here. Nothing crazy, but it did take away 30 feet of beach right in front of my camp. Should be exciting for me if another sizeable swell hits. I may have to move…