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Patoles can be reached by any rental car from Mazatlan in less than two hours. The important thing to remember is don't try it during the rainy season. March through the end of June should be OK. Surf season is from March to Oct. I have made it down the road in Aug but that is pretty lucky in a rental car. Turn off the toll road at K69, go over the overpass and follow the road about 5k's until you get to the bottom of the hill, go left, go right under second railroad underpass, head to beach, look for the point, have fun. Tip: If you don't want to pay for the toll road each day stay in La Cruz. It's about 15K north of Patoles.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Private access
Wave qualityTotally Epic
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
Theres like 4 or 5 other real good points before Patoles, there's 29s, a beach break reef, big right and left thats always bigger than everywhere else, theres Marmol, a perfect left, kind of soft and mushy but gets super fun, long waves, then there's veneno, a perfect A framed left, looks like it could get hollow on the right swell, very long good left, and then there's rock island, which is close to Mazatlan, on the south side of Mazatlan, just on the south side of the harbor, walk out to the island on the jedi.
very dangerous during strong rips, (rainy season) a good rip can take you right into mountain rocks.
Also watch out for nets the locals sometimes put out there. Great damn spot though, my favorite.
Respect the locals! The only access is through their land.
Patoles, if its good, is the best spot there, its probably the best left i've ever surfed, really good perfect barreling lefts.
By Pat Tobin , 27-08-2010
Sinaloa Surf Cartels - North of Mazatlan is the small beach side pueblo of Celestino Gasca. Once known for aqua culture with large warehouses and factories, those are slowly being replaced by small independent beach resorts where you can enjoy beautiful sunset walks on sandy public beaches and world class surfing at two point breaks. Having a number of resorts near perfect surf you might get the idea that as a surfer ,which I happen to be, this would be a dream come true.
For anyone surfing there prior to the introduction of the Cardon Adventure Resort, this was true. Mexican surfers had been going there for years along with a few hardy travelers that just happened to stumble upon it. Everyone getting along, totally stoked .....living the dream.
Initially when the Cardon Adventure Resort opened things were pretty much as they had been before, but
it didn’t take long before the owners of Cardon decided they owned the surf. Their mandate became “Only our guests are allowed to surf here “. Access for local Mexican surfers was seriously restricted and anyone else showing up to enjoy the surf was bullied out of the water. Within just a few short years this dramatic change has resulted in an escalation of terrorism by the owners of Cardon Adventure Resort and their employees. Some of the employees just happen to be surfers from California.Two years ago after an altercation in the surf with an employee of the Cardon resort, a well known visiting surfer was escorted from his resort at gunpoint by thugs.
My wife and I have been going to Celestino Gasca for years, always staying at the original resort right in front of the main point. On a recent trip we had planned on staying for ten days. The first day went great; just a few Mexican surfer friends sharing the waves, just like the good old days. The second day my friends and I were enjoying a repeat of the day before until Jeff Phillips, the American thug employed by Cardon, paddled out. When I was sitting by myself he began his normal tirade, screaming “I’m going to F___K you up! I’m gonna take you out”. As usual I just tried to ignore him. Day three my wife and I decided to wait until the Cardon crew had finished their session before paddling out. Watching everyone walking by our palapa including Jeff, I thought this may be a good way to handle things. Just taking turns, sounded like a good plan to me. We paddled out into an empty lineup. After about half an hour Jeff comes paddling back out on a hugh long board and proceeds to put his newest battle plan into action. This time he never says one word to us. At first I thought it was kind of a relief, but that didn’t last long. I have been surfing all my life and what happen next was beyond anything I have ever experienced before. It was like some sort of absurd pro surf contest where the rules have been changed without telling of all the contestants. Now the Cardon team scored points by sitting on the shoulder, blocking us from ever taking off on a wave, dropping in front of us if we even tried to take off, finally we gave up and paddled in. It was like constantly being cut off on the freeway by a mad man.
After this fiasco we were in our beach front palapa, where we had previously spent many happy hours, relaxing and watching the surf, with friends we had met in the water, including guests of Cardon. Soon Omar, one of the owners of Cardon Adventure resort walked by to tell us “NEVER COME BACK”. Beating his chest he said “THIS IS MY BREAK” That no other resort on the beach is allowed to rent to surfers. If we didn’t leave “We would see his power”. Fearing for our safety we left the next day, leaving behind friends and a place we had loved for years.
Cardon Adventure Resort has created is a very dangerous situation for everyone. If this continues it will only be a question of time before some unsuspecting surfer following their dream is seriously injured or killed. Whether it be a guest of one of the other resorts, someone at Cardon, or the general public, no one is immune to the violent situation they have created.
It is my hope those reading this will rethink their support of the Cardon Adventure Resort. Be it a business association or a vacation to the resort.
Hopefully with the help of the global community we can convince Cardon to end this sad and violent path they have decided to go down. Then we can all go back to living the dream.
Embassy officials in Mazatlan told us our report was not first they had received. Anyone with any knowledge of similar behavior by Cardon Adventure resort is urged to contact the following authorities.
By Anonymous , 02-08-2010
Please Boycott - Just got back from there. The stories are all true. They're buddies with the guys that did this and don't deserve any self respecting surfers money.
By Bobby , 15-06-2010
Beware of Mountain on Inside!!!! - Surfed here at the camp near end of May. Surf pumped all week. Solid 6-8 foot on last 2 days, but the point couldn't really hold it the big days. Too much current and constant paddling to stay near a take-off spot. My buddy mentioned it breaks perfectly top to bottom and a little smaller, inside at the beach break on the North side of the mountain . Last day of trip, figured "One more Wave"...haha. I paddle inside and take off on a smaller one. Closes out. I dive from my board and my leash comes off. I turn around and the set from hell is coming in. Still no prob. I'll take a few to the head and hit the beach. Only problem is the current picked me up before I could get to the beach on South side of the mountain, and swept me in front of the cliff, with a gnarly set dumping on me. Rebound waves from the cliff, a crazy current and undertoe making it difficult to stay afloat. I was exhausted and in a life or death situation. Took about 10 waves on the head till the current took me far enough that I spotted a place to get out. The explosions coming off the cliff from the waves made me realize how people die in these situations. So it took all my strength to survive.
I would suggest to anyone thinking of trying the inside beachy, to make sure!! you clear the mountain before you take off if there is any sizeable swell running. The currents are insane in here and you can die. There was no way out. Losing my board put me in an almost impossible situation. I'm lucky to have made it through. Never got my board, It washed up a half mile on the beach. I could care less at that point as I was just happy to breath.
Walked around the mountain back up the point where the swell was peaking. Solid 10 foot sets rolling through, but just an impossible current. So the camp picked me up by truck and I was out of there. Please use caution, the wave at the top of the point can lure you into thinking it's a forgiving wave, which it is, but in front of that mountain in a large swell, if you lose your board or get swept in, it can be curtains!
It was an On A Mission leash by the way.
Some of the best waves of my life though.
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