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BackBeatCruisin’ – BAJA Edition

October 18th, 2016 by

Wanting to end summer ’16 with a bang, we headed off to an epic 6 day surf/camp trip to Baja.

After an 8+ hr drive from Los Angeles, our first stop brought us to a secret spot right on the beach with the most mellow beach break and an endless supply of free lobsters and fish from the very generous local fishermen. Second stop before heading back home gave us some insane cliff side camping, surreal views of the ocean, and a heavier point break.

No showers, no toilets, no electricity and definitely no WI-FI or even cell service at some spots put us completely off the grid.

Thank god we had a buncha crazy homies in the group to keep the laughs going, and our organic clothing to keep us looking, well, pretty fuckin’ cool.

Here are some shots of the trip and a Baja tip list for kooks at the end of the post.

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Never been to Baja? Here’s some Baja tips we wish we knew (or shit we knew but didn’t really follow)

 1. DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT. It’s the number one rule in every Baja rule book and we broke it. Not fun battling transformer like big rigs going super fast on unlit winding roads. Plus, armed guards at check points are more scary at night.

2. Bring baby wipes, and a shovel. Outhouses are sometimes available but most of the time you will want to use the great outdoors as your baño instead.

3. Prepare random things for bartering or to give as gifts to locals- t-shirts, candy, magazines, SPAM (this was legit popular with the fishermen). Offer to pay with cash first, but if they refuse give them something as a way of saying thanks.

4. At checkpoints, keep your cool, make eye contact, make sure you know at least a couple of Spanish words to be able to say where you’re going, and don’t act like an idiot.

5. Have a shit ton of fun and eat as many damn lobsters/crabs/fish as you can because it won’t get any fresher than eating it right after its caught.

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Want to see more photos? Check out our BackBeatCrusin’ – BAJA Edition album on Pinterest