As the North Pacific slowly calmed down after an extremely productive El Nino season, California big-wave riders Greg Long, Derek Dunfee and Ken "Skindog" Collins headed down to mainland Mexico in search of some fresh squeezed south swell juice. After a crazy winter that had the boys pinballing between Maverick's, Todos Santos and Hawaii, trading in their 5/4 hooded wetsuits for a pair of boardshorts and a chance to mix it up with the local talent down in Puerto Escondido was not an issue.
The forecast had been calling for favorable conditions with a solid south swell bearing down on Zicatela Beach for April 13th and 14th. With hopes of scoring waves comparable to the monster right that Long flung himself into last summer, the trio packed their 9'0"s, and Skindog even threw his 9'6 Maverick's gun for good measure.
As you'll see in the above video, the swell didn't end up hitting nearly as big as was originally forecast, but it still provided perfect conditions for the boys to loosen up in some warm water barrels. Long, Dunfee and Skindog, along with San Diegan Jojo Roper traded barrels with a red-hot local contingent, including Carlos "Coco" Nogales, Oscar Moncada, Cacahuete, Eric Ramirez, David Rutherford, Jose and Checko Ramirez, Angel Salinas, Kalani, Mikele Veronesi, and Isaac. Nogales wrangled in what most were calling the tube of the swell (note: not the one in the video). It was a great start to what will surely be an amazing south swell season.