“Hang 10” – The Thrill of Surfing in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!

Surfing is a thrilling experience with nature for kids, teens and adults of all ages.  City dwellers, just imagine riding the crystal clear, blue waves?  “Hang your 10 toes” over a surfboard!

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The State of Guerrero, where Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is located, is known worldwide for its terrific surfing.  Local areas that are great for surfing include: Las Gatas Beach, Playa Linda, Ixtapa Marina, Troncones, Solidita and others.

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Our local surfing expert is Leonel Pérez Yáñez at Catcha L’Ola Surf School and Surf Trips in Ixtapa.  According to him, the sport started in Mexico in the late 60s when surfers from the USA came here to enjoy the fresh waters.  “Back then, Mexicans knew very little about surfing; it originated in Hawaii. We kids hung out on the beach with the American guys. We learned the sport and we learned English. We didn’t have surfboards. We’d get pieces of wood from the local carpenters and try to make boards out of them,” says Leonel.

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Surfing in Mexico has come a long way since those early days. Now, there is the Mexican Surf/Skate Association (MSA) and the Asociación de Surfing del Estado de Guerrero (Surfing Association of the State of Guerrero) along with many local, national and international competitions in Mexico.

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Catcha L’Ola Surf School and Surf Trips in Ixtapa offers lessons, guided trips, surf board rental and sales along with expert information. Mr. Leonel Pérez Yáñez, the owner, can be reached by e-mail at: catchalola333@prodigy.net.mx (speaks fluent English) or you can call him at: 553-0757, Direct dial from USA or Canada: 011-52-755-553-0757.

So, are you ready for a natural thrill?  Especially you city folks!  Come on down to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, take some surfing lessons and “Hang 10”!

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