Slyde believes Bodysurfing has no boundaries 🇺🇸❤️🇲🇽 In our commitment to supporting an all inclusive community of stoke both near & far, we're beyond pumped to welcome Barchi to the Slyde Team in 2019.
My uncle Craig Long (my mother's brother in law) from California is a surfer that used to supercharge Puerto Escondido's Mexpipe since the mid 70's. He's been my water mentor, since I could remember, at least twice a year, him, my aunt and the rest of the family would come visit. This one summer when I was about 10, he gave me a pair of Viper fins, that have been in his attic for a few decades already and said we should go for a swim.Up until then I was just a grom surfer/bodyboarder, didn't really pay attention to the art of bodysurfing.
I don't really know honestly. Maybe it's just me being an adrenaline junkie, the constant need to progress and move into bigger and bigger surf, giving myself a worthy challenge, or the fact that it's just me and the raw power of the ocean. No need for bulky vests and a board or dangly leashes. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy surfing on my feet a lot, as much as bodysurfing, but when I bodysurf, I feel free, I feel different than everyone else.
Well, I got my eye in many, it's hard to pick one. There's Nazaré, Jaws, Australian slabs like Cape Solander and The Right, Mavericks gives me chills, I'd totally like to try that, and of course Pipeline.
Absolutely lovely, it's wonderful, everyone knows everybody, it feels like a big family, like a tribe. Localism is kinda strong, but it's not as bad as other places. When the waves get big in the summer, the whole place kinda comes to life, you got many big wave pros in town, there's a lot of activity, a few contests during the summer are always fun to watch. And then in the small wave season (there is no "no wave season"), the nights come to life, a lot of party, dancing till dawn, things to do, people to meet. Puerto is just fun all year round.
On an average day, it's a fun, adrenaline rush, 1-2 ft overhead, line up full of people to talk to, full of people who talk, people who are concentrated, people who just wanna have fun; there's just people. Haha, big of mix of pretty chill and pretty active.
On a Big day: Eerie, humbling, tight atmosphere, the water gets darker, beautiful nonetheless absolutely magnificent, a show for everyone to watch, but for a few to experience, less people in the water (more now with the invention of the big wave vest) but still less than on an average day, still the same amount of chit chat. I'm not gonna lie to you, I do get scared, and when I'm not scared, I'm scared that I'm not scared because that just feels wrong Haha.
That's a tough one, there's just so many people who I just find rad and party-wave-worthy.
Well, honestly I don't know what could be next for this beloved art, I do however feel like it's just the beginning. Maybe in the near future we might see the first ever world tour for big wave bodysurfing with more sponsors and big names wanting to take a part in it and help it grow in to a full blown discipline. But who am I? I'm not a prophet, I'm just bodysurfer :)