A few crocs lurking off the coast at Puerto Escondido ain't stopping the likes of Tom Lowe, Coco Nogales and a solid local crew of chargers when an XL swell pulses into Mexico's premier beachbreak.
It's been a bit of a weird start to the season in Mexico. The first solid swell was coupled with wonky winds but impressive nonetheless.
But on Monday and Tuesday, the wind-groomed waters of Playa Zicatella served up prime beef with a local crew and travellers able to pick off a few bombs, including a couple of meaty barrels, if you weren't steam rolled by a close out. Your protagonists here include Tom Lowe (whose air drop you need to see below) Brent Symes, Alvaro Malapartida, Oscar Moncada, Jose Ramirez, Jafet Ramos and many more.
On the beach, lensman Edwin Morales delivers the eyeball report: ''Once again when we saw the swell on the charts we knew it was gonna be a good one if we only consider the direction, but this season has been the rainiest in a long while. Wind patterns are broken, way too much rain and overall the conditions had not been on point - until Tuesday morning.
''I think that's why most people did not show up for the swell but I can say that the ones that did make the trip or stayed here for it, were really happy.
''On Monday morning, it was heavy with a lot of water moving but not many good waves coming through. Tom Lowe and Brent ''Reddog" Symes got a couple of sets early in the morning and after that it went slow for about two hours.
''Then it turned back on for 40 mins and a flurry of epic rides were seen. Tuesday was completely different. A massive amount of rain the night before and the winds swung stiff offshore, the lineup was completely groomed by the morning. I'd say, it went beyond epic.
''The kind of conditions Zicatela loves and, of course, all the surfers. 10-12ft peaks everywhere and hungry surfers surveying the lineup. Peruvian Alvaro Malapartida got some of the best waves and so did locals Coco Nogales and Oscar Moncada. Trevor Carlson had to sit this one out due to dengue fever, unfortunately.
''About the crocs, I can say that it's really common for it to happen during the rainiest years. There's a croc infested lagoon past la Barra river and when it rains too much, the area gets flooded and some crocs get washed out to sea with the river flow.
''The ones that come to Zicatela are normally lost and looking for a place to get back to land. Nothing to worry about I'd say. We have seen it before during hurricanes.''