Driving in Mexico sucks. Like really, really sucks. I had this general suspicion before going on a filming trip all over Baja with the Lakai guys, but my suspicions were reinforced quickly once we crossed the border. Hundreds of miles on a two-lane road with no guardrail and no shoulder. Bulls crossing the road out of nowhere. Sketchy military checkpoints that come up with no warning. Potholes big enough to swallow a car that are probably 20 years old. One night we even drove through a tunnel of fire in the middle of nowhere. All this and the rumors of banditos specializing in kidnapping made for a very stressful drive.
Other than the constant threat of possible death or imprisonment on the roads, Mexico is awesome. We found all kinds of virgin spots and had some of the best food we've ever had at small roadside stalls in the middle of the desert. When we weren't in the van we had a blast down there and came back with a lot of good footage for the new Lakai video. Here are a few of the things that went down.
Words and Photos by Ben Colen
Jon boosted this kickflip toward the end of the day in Ensenada. Not only is this spot fun to skate, but it's right on the beach, and while you're waiting for someone to get their trick, you can order a piña colada from the waiters roaming the boardwalk. After we got this, we went and watched the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight with the locals.
Driving through a small town somewhere in the middle of Baja, we found this perfect bump to bar. It made for a welcome respite from a long day of driving.
This bank is at the top of a long hill that runs directly into the US/Mexico border. It was so close to the US that our phones worked perfectly. Right before he did this bluntslide, Vince got another trick and took off switch down the hill. We didn't realize at the time that the street emptied out into a highway, but luckily Vince was able to bail out just in time.
We were actually skating a spot around the corner from this one first, and I found it on the way to grab some water. I couldn't believe my eyes. There was a huge pile of dirt right at the bottom of the bump, but some local skaters got their dad to bring his pickup and some shovels, and after a bit of digging we were able to skate this perfect bump for hours.
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