TRAVEL – Playa Kandahar, Mexico

Southern California childhood friends Travis Ashbrook (longtime California shaper) and Mark Stanton first visited Ixtapa, Mexico ten years ago to work in real estate. What they discovered was a coastline of uncrowded beaches with hidden surf spots and the perfect place to build a surf camp.

Playa Kandahar Surf Club sits on 12.5 acres of land and 500 feet of beachfront property adjacent to the old fishing village of Majahua. Eight bungalows are sprinkled across a grassy lot that leads up to a central building with a pool, full service kitchen and bar.

Besides a fun fast beach break within walking distance, the best surf spots are found by driving between 25 and 45 minutes, renting a good car is advisable. You also may access these spots from a boat departing from Majahua each morning — costs about $20 per person. The breaks range from long left point breaks to faster rights. A nearby left point break begins with a peaky outside section then runs into a wide open wave; ideal for nose-riding and big turns. The wave then peaks again with a fun inside section, totaling over 200 yard long rides. Another point break not too far away peals both left and right and has a steeper, faster pitch, ideal for shortboards.

Travel Special: Playa Kandahar is offering a discounted rate of $59 per night for a bungalow for two until November 1st. Each additional person in the bungalow is $15. Alaska Airlines flies direct to Zihuatanejo from Los Angeles and America West offers a cheap flight through Phoenix, Arizona. <a href=""Click Here to Contact The Resort


Summer – South swells: April through October, Water Temp: 80+ degrees, Air Temp: 80 to 90 degrees.

Winter – North, Northwest swells: October through April, Water Temp: 72 degrees, Air Temp: 75 to 85 degrees.

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