|Acapulquito, San Jose del Cabo, Baja Mexico|
Last fall (2010) I contacted Alejandro Olea - owner of the Costa Azul Surf Shop and shaper of Olea surfboards in San Jose del Cabo, Baja Mexico. I asked him to shape me a custom board with specific intentions of taking it on a motorcycle trip. I've been surfing for a couple more years than I've been riding motorcycles but still feel as though I'm a rookie. I am quite fond of surfing a longboard on just overhead, mushy waves. Longboards are great, but not the best for hauling on a bike. I wanted a board that I could improve on, something that would push me into slightly larger waves, but at the same time, I wanted a board that could catch a variety of waves relatively easy, oh, and something substantially smaller than my 9'2". Alex made me a beautiful 6'10" Olea with a classic colour scheme that was discussed via email. I then headed down to Cabo at the end of November to pick the board up.
|Alex Olea, me (the other Alexander), and my new board...|
|Really happy how the colours turned out|
|Unwrapping my new board at the Costa Azul Shop|
|New shapes and designs fall 2010|
|New Olea designs 2010|
I've been fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time down in Cabo and love surfing at the tip of the Baja. There are a variety of breaks that suit every surfer. Unlike other locations, Cabo can host south, west, and north swell directions which gives you a great variety and choice of waves on any given day. Within an hour drive you can be surfing waves on the east, Sea of Cortez side of Baja or up towards Todo Santos and Pescadero on the west.
|Loading my board on my Baja-Buggy Nov 2010.|
I obviously have apprehension of putting this board on my motorcycle. There are countless reasons that would prevent me from doing so, but what kind of adventurer threw his tail between his legs and decided for the easy way out.
See you on the water...