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This time last year, Ron Dorn took me to a left
point break ( Rio Nexpa) that he said would "blow my mind"...the
pictures I saw of the place alone on the internet, blew my mind!
Ron, his girlfriend Janet & I boarded a flight to Zihuatanejo
& after landing & grabbing our rental car, we headed
norte' to a tiny town that escapes my memory right now...long
drive, so we decided to spend a night relaxing "in style"
& jumped into the crystal clear pool. Later that night,
we walked into town & found a tiny aquaria & ordered
up some tasty "monkey meat"...nah, it was cow, (but
in the Philippines your never quite sure what you got on a stick!).
We ended up sitting down at the table next to Mike Doyle who
said he had driven south with his buddy, as the surf was too
big up north! Needless to say, Ron & I were wondering what
we were going to see the next morning...
After a small mix-up with our rental car, we finally got to
Rio Nexpa & rented our "bungalow on the beach".
The waves looked good, a bit of a lull between sets, but "do-able".
The only thing that had me concerned (besides the fact that
the paddle out to the point was a good 1/4 mile), but the water
on the shoreline was this mixture of white & brown foam...now
the white foam I can attribute to how salty the water is, plus
the "shore pound" was kicking up a lot of backwash...
I started counting bungalows on the beach, 20 maybe 30 + the
restaurants. Than I added up the toilets that each bungalow
had & of course the "septic symbiosis" of all
of this played a part in the brown, brackish color of the water...
Ron, being a fireman in Los Angeles has had all his shots...all
I've had is a tetanus booster about 2 years ago...no hepatitis
It was a bummer, but I just couldn't force myself to paddle
out the whole 5 days we were there...I had just survived a "near-death"
illness the year before & I wasn't going to take any chances
with getting sick, especially since I have no medical insurance.
There also was the "Sneaker Clean-up Sets" that were
closing out the entire bay every 45 minutes or so...the south
swell was working just fine, but there was a WEST component
that was frightening! The last day we were there, a set that
(without exaggeration) was fully 20' face came through &
cleaned 23 of the 25 surfers that were out there into shore.
Luckily, Ron managed to paddle over both waves, but it was heavy.
I needed binoculars to see him & the other guy they had
paddled out so far!
Anyway, Timmy Turner a local California surfer who contracted
a mean Staph infection in Mexico...& you thought Hepatitis
was all you needed to worry about! Bring on the Avian Flu!