Introducing… Surf Mexico, Mexico

Tell us a bit more about your SUP school…
Surf Mexico is a group of passionate professional ocean ambassadors who’s mission is to inspire and educate the water sports community by providing the highest caliber instruction and equipment. Our goal is to set the industry standard for instruction, certification, and water safety in Mexico while promoting the conservation of our ocean playground for future generations. Surf Mexico is an International training center for the Academy of surfing instructors *Australia – the worlds leading stand up paddle and surf accreditation and training organization, providing training and support to all of Mexico with the intention of elevating the standards of surf industry in Mexico. Surf Mexico is also a training center for lifeguards volunteer and professional, with several international certifications in delivering the very latest life-saving techniques in swimming pools and open ocean environments.

What is the weather like over there at the moment?
(Editors note – we did this interview in April!)
The weather in Bucerias is beautiful this time of year, 30 degrees air temperature, 28 degrees water temperature.

What’s your favourite non-SUP related activity in Mexico?
My favourite non SUP activity is Kitesurfing!

Do you have many problems regarding ocean plastics where you paddle?
Yes, we have a lot of plastic in Mexico that end up in the ocean. After heavy rain, the garbage finds its way to the ocean, and yes it is a problem!

Do you give back to your local community? If so, what do you do?
We are actively involved with training lifeguards both volunteers and for the state lifeguard departments, several times a year we offer courses, and we travel to different states too.

What is the typical route that you would take if you were about to embark on a micro adventure or SUP adventure?
We do micro adventures of all sorts, we always make a plan, check safety points, check the weather, advise our friends and act safely.

Any recommendations of where to go paddling if we were to come to Mexico?
Yes of course, we would recommend you to come with us to explore Punto Iguano, Punta Mita.

Tell us what a typical day for you guys looks like…
Our day starts at 9am and we train on the beach for 45 minutes together, and then split up and head to the different club locations. We open at 10am to the public and we try and start the day with SUP lessons or surf lessons in the calm morning. In the afternoon after lunch we get the wind toys out, hobie cats, windsurfers, and kite surfers, and keep the instruction going. Later afternoon we may go fishing or spearfishing. At 6pm we close the shop and go home!

If we were hanging out with you in Mexico, what would we eat post-SUP?
We will eat some fresh coconut and pineapple, and some ceviche.

We know that you love the ocean are are super passionate about taking care of it, what types of activities do you get up to in order to keep your oceans clean and protected?
We are constantly cleaning our beaches, we contribute to a turtle hatching program, we help wounded marine life how we can, turtles dolphins caught in fishing nets, we promote conservation of our reefs, and teach how to look and touch but not take!

We heard that you do a SUP expedition to Los Arcos Marine Park, tell us a little bit more about this…
Los Arcos marine safari is a SUP excursion south of Puerto Vallarta to a protected island less than 1km off shore. It’s a beautiful protected paradise with lots of birds and caves to explore. We do a SUP lesson in the fishing village Mismaloya, and then paddle to the island with snorkel gear. Once we arrive we anchor the boards and check out the marine life with the snorkel gear. It’s a great trip!

With tacos being a traditional Mexican food, what is your favourite type of taco?
Tacos de Pastor!! Pork tacos with Pineapple!