Surfari Collin in Central America

Names: Brad and Jana Collin
Hometowns: Los Angeles, California

Road trip destination: Los Angles to Panama

Date left home: March 6, 2008

Date trip ended: No end date really. We flew back home for the holidays but are returning to Costa Rica in March to landscape our new property and house sit another property for the rest of the year.

Key road trip activity: Surfing twice a day everyday. Eat, surf, sleep, eat, surf, sleep.  continue reading... »

Vintage Surfari Wagons Rents VW Buses in Cali

Surf, camp and hang out.

Those are words to live by, according to Bill and Diane Staggs, the owners of Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, California.

With a fleet of seven classic VW buses for rent, Vintage Surfari Wagons appeals to the independent-minded traveler looking to explore the Golden State’s surf beaches and coast line, and beyond.

Each of the buses comes fully stocked with all the necessary camping gear, and surf and bike racks are available on request.  continue reading... »

Jeff Johnson's "Bend to Baja" Proves Popular

The bad news? The entire first print run of Jeff Johnson's intriguing road trip tale, Bend to Baja, has sold out

The good news? Johnson advised me that he is in the midst of doing a second run and it should be ready in summer 2009.

I am keen to get my hands on the book because, according to the promotional blurb:

"Bend to Baja documents a surf-inspired road trip along the West Coast of North America. In February 2005, Jeff Johnson, the Malloy brothers and their friends left Ventura, California for Bend, Oregon. From Oregon, the crew went south to the tip of Baja, looking for waves and rock climbing in a pickup truck converted to run on alternative fuel sources: veggie oil and bio-diesel."  continue reading... »

Top 5 Beginner Surf Beaches in Mexico & Central America

1. Playa Los Cerritos, Baja, Mexico

2. Dominical, Costa Rica

3. San Blas, Mexico

4. Sayulita, Mexico

5. Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road

Allan Weisbecker's 2001 memoir, In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer’s Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road, describes his trip through Mexico and Central America in a camper truck scouting for a lost friend and the perfect wave.

The Chicago Tribune described the book as, “A dangerous tale, filled with humor, insight, lawlessness, heartbreak, and some wicked cool waves”.

The book has been co-optioned as a movie to none other than actor Sean Penn, although the making of the film has apparently hit a snafu.  continue reading... »