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Guatemala Surfing Trip

I was nervous about going on a surf trip in Guatemala after reading about how hostile the country is, but upon meeting the Guatemala surf posse at the airport in Guatemala City my fears quickly vanished. Driving nearly three hours to Sipacote and taking a short boat ride across the lagoon to our resort and restaurant we were greeted with chest high semi chop/glass waves for the next couple of hours.

Viking Surfboards arranged for both Josh Wilson and myself to travel to Guatemala to finish the last segment in their Guatemala Surf documentary (due out later this summer).  It's quite an honor to be asked to participate in this event as a girl grom surfer and I was a little nervous about the beach breaks but found some great waves and some really nice barrels to boot.

Josh quickly set the pace for me on the first day and then charged some awesome barrel rides setting the example for me to follow.

We met the most extraordinary people on the trip, but my favorite was Mario (AKA Waimea) and his daughter Melody. While the focus of the trip was the surf... the highlights were the rich Guatemalan culture and wonderful people we met along the way. Watching Waimea and Melody dance and getting dance lessons overlooking a perfect beach break while dining on fresh seafood.  Christian sipped on some cashew fruit concoction or 23 year old Guatemalan rum made the trip even more exotic and enlightening. We also had the pleasure of surfing many days with Sophia's father and Viking's CEO Christian (I cut him off on as many waves as I could).

It wouldn't be right for me not to mention Dennis, our fun loving tour guide and dining companion that made the trip even more delightful. The Guatemala surf team (Machete, Christian and others) and all the surfers that we fell in love with over the week that we stayed. [Next]

Buenos Dias

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