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Ridge Ben Ben: Film Journal

In the land of tacos and typically empty line-ups, we reminisce through the lens of local talent Ridge Ben Ben. From the early morning coffee ritual to the bumpy dirt road missions, he captured the beautiful moments throughout. A few days never seems like enough when you're spending them with good people, fun surf, an epic landscape, cold beers and bonfires every night.

Hallie getting a few all to herself one morning. 

Hours of the day were spent either staring at or catching the consistent lines coming in. What seemed to be the unofficial "last South Swell of the season" kept us occupied in and out of the water. The warm weather decided to stick around for us too and we relished in the September sun.

When the tide got lower, we piled ourselves and a bunch of logs into the van and set off to a different spot that would favor the conditions. You'd hardly see anyone else at any particular break, but if you did, they'd be pretty friendly.

Zahid taking out the Roger Hinds single fin.

The cliff was a special place for those few days. Usually visited by the local dogs in the mornings, we'd enjoy coffee out on the edge. Climbing down the cliff to go surf was another aspect of its rugged appeal. You'd say a little prayer that you don't lose your board into the rocks below.

What could be considered "sketch" was actually delicious. The burrito stand adjacent to the nearest gas station became an instant favorite for the crew. For only a few pesos, you could get lunch and a soda.

Once you went inland, the heat was much stronger. Nothing a cold Victoria couldn't fix though

Carson, no stranger to Mexico, made friends wherever we went and could easily chat up the locals. A real solid guy to have on a roadtrip. Even when he burned his foot on a bonfire ember, he was a good sport!

With probably a dozen or more surfboards in tow, we got to try out all sorts of shapes. Blake here with a brand new Nick Melanson shape, glassed by our other buddy Max Caldwell. 

It was yet another rad trip with some real quality people. There is something so uniquely special about film photography that captures the color sand textures of a stunning location. 

Special thanks to everyone involved and our host Richard for everything!