Puerto Escondido, Mexico
As large swaths of the Pacific West Coast have been plagued by small surf this summer and fall, the ever-dependable Puerto Escondido in Mexico has offered a blend of perfection and relief for surfers like Alex Chacon.
Never one to miss the opportunity to ride a pintail, Greg Long fled the flatness of home in San Clemente, Calif., only to stroke into a few Mexican gems like this.
Heels into the wax, shoulders open, eyes on the opening. Angelo Lozano has the right technique ... if this wave doesn't go sprinting off down the sand bar.
While the surf was perfect and generally not life threatening, there were some moments of fear and anxiety. Carlos Goncalves, down like a misfit.
Take enough beatings and eventually things work out in your favor. Carlos Goncalves enjoying a hard-earned shack.
Poised with a classic big-wave surfer's style, Elliot Marshall puts on a show for his friends in the channel.
Locked in deep on this Mexican Pipeline cylinder, Francisco Ferrares has an astute understanding of the break and how best to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
James Liam Tucker
Traveler James Liam Tucker finds a room with a lovely harbor view. You know how much they're charging for this kind of real estate these days?
Paddling into a solid peak, Luke Bridge squares up his center of balance as he searches for just the right place to put a bottom turn.
With the drop safely navigated, Bridge drives through the fruits of his labor.
"Wave your hands in the air like you just don't care." The man known simply as Red Dog lets it all hang out.