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Action Sports: A Personal History of Commitment and Progression

My successes and (mostly) failures with surfing recently made me realise that I’ve journeyed through ‘the progression curve’ of 4 different action sports now.  So, can my previous experiences learning to skateboard, to snowboard and to downhill mountain bike help me through the next tricky stage of my surfing progression? Only one way to find out…   Part 1: Skateboarding It was 1995 and I was 14 years old.  Channel 4 had a TV show on Sunday mornings that…

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Día de Muertos (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Feeling like Death Things took a turn for the worse a day or so after my first surf lesson with Sayulita Surf Camps, not because of anything they did though. I’d had a great morning’s surf at La Lancha near Punta de Mita with Carlos (owner of Sayulita Surf Camps) and had even enjoyed private tuition since there hadn’t been any other folks in the lesson that day.  Don’t get me wrong, I surfed like absolute rubbish…

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The Good Kind of Gringo? (Mexico 2017)

You may remember from the last blog update in early September that Sayulita was looking a little worse for wear after the rainy season.  This came as a bit of a shock to me at the time since I had expected to return to the bright and sunny Sayulita I remembered from May, well, a valuable lesson learnt about Mexican weather patterns I suppose. I had also been so keen to get back out on the waves and continue…

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The Indomitable Mexican Spirit

I feel like I’ve been in Mexico long enough now to offer an opinion on the country and its people, and the fact that Mexico has just suffered two huge earthquakes in as many weeks has given me plenty of food for thought. 4 months spent in this land of zesty colour and cacophonous sound has been a timely re-education in the importance of not judging by appearances, and that the best way to break down intercultural barriers is…

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Puerto Escondido to Mexico City…and back again (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Flying from Puerto Escondido to Mexico City After my quick 18 hour stay in Puerto Escondido I was off to the airport to travel to Mexico City and meet someone very special.  Wandering one block down from the excellent Vivo Escondido Hostel near Playa Carrizalillo, it’s easy to grab a taxi to Puerto Escondido airport and it shouldn’t cost more than $50 Pesos (about £2 GBP).  The airport itself is tiny, walking distance from the front doors…

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Sayulita – Pueblo Mágico (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Sayulita Life It seems that I arrived in Sayulita at just the right time, my AirBnB host Nix explained that they were in the final throes of the busy season (November to April), so most of the gringos that live in Sayulita during the northern hemisphere winter were all making their way back to Canada and the USA.  I was happy to hear this news to be honest; no one wants to be jostling shoulder to shoulder…

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Ditching Massive Career Stress to become a Travel Blogger: How I Stepped Away from The Edge and took back Control of my Life

I took the first steps in my new travel blogging adventure just a few days ago on May 1st 2017.  I’ve been in Mexico for about 3 whole days now and I thought it about time that I do some actual blogging!  Although I wrote a couple of articles about my snowboard accident in January this year, those were written whilst at home in the UK.  So I thought it was important that the first real blog post written…

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