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Where's the Crowds? - Surfed overhead waves on January 12, 2010. Only two of us out. Where were the rest of you?
De El Gringo
The Tunnel Really Does Exist - Look again! Maybe my directions were a little vague. Again, park your car in front of the main entrance to Gaviotas.Look across the highway at the last curio shop on the right. Now look down the highway about 200 yards, where the road bends slightly to the right. There, the highway dips down into a low point. There on the inland side of the road is an arroyo (gulch). Walk around and look down into it,
and you'll see the entrance to the infamous tunnel. It's about a 100 yards long, and about 6 feet wide and about 6 feet tall and leads to the base of the cliff below the swimming pool right near the surf spot. The tunnel is a storm drain that was built when they originally built Gaviotas. Play it cool when you walk down into the arroyo so you wo'nt draw attention to yourself. Bring a flashlight. Note: Sometimes rocks and seaweed clog the opening on the ocean's side and make the tunnel impassable. Its a little scary but its kind of a rush when your mission is accomplished. Good Luck.
Rubish and Bullshit, just pay the bastards. - Los Gav's was cranking three weeks ago and of course we didn't have a room, so we checked out that supposedly "tunnel" under the street. Hog wash, there ain't no tunnel. But we found another way in through the houses to the north. You end up just north of the beach break in a cove. Easy paddle, walk at low tide.
De El Gringo Kid
Commando Surf - We used to surf this place a lot in the 80's before the security guys cracked down. Now you have to rent or own to surf there. No walk ins. Ha! I know a secret way in and I used it 2 or three times when the waves were firing. Just park your car across the street next to the curio shop on the right. Look to the right of the curio shop, where you'll see an arroyo on the east side of the road.Wait until no one is looking then climb down into the gulch and you'll notice a tunnel or storm drain thats about 6 feet wide bt 8 feet tall. Climb over the gate and go inside. Bring a flash light. Once inside you can hear the roar of the waves and the ocean breaze through the tunnel. It's about a 100 yard walk. It's curved so you really can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's really spooky. It's kind of crazy walking through a mexican storm drain, but how bad do you want to surf? It's worth it. It ends up coming out right at the base of the cliff to the north of the pool. Sometimes the cobblestone burm is pushed up into the entrance so you can't get out, but sometimes it's clear and you can discreetly sneak along the cliff until you can jump out into the surf. When you're done just walk back to your car by the security gate. They won't have clue. You'll laugh all the way back to the border. Ha HaGood Luck!
<3 - i love las gaviotas. one of my best friends dad's has a place right there and so i'll go almost every year. the surf has it's up's and down's tho..when it's good, it's good, but when it's not-there's nothing, so it all just depends. but if the surf isn't that great when you go, there's always a lot of other things to do and the people are all really nice-mostly repeats too.
South Swell Coming - Was good yesterday. Should be good today and tomorrow. Where is everybody?
The wave and the place - The wave at Gaviotas for the most part sucks. Every spot has its days though. THe security can be knuckleheads sometimes too. BUT... You don't go there for the surf you go there for the overall experience. It is secure, clean and safe. an awesome place to chill and 90% of the people there seem to be repeate visitors with a great attitude. If you go there just to surf there you'll most likely be bummed
sharky - so i just got my monthly email form tha gavs home owners association... this is how it reads "in the meantime, a 14' thresher shark was caught wa-ay to close to here. (although the surfers seem oblivious to any danger whatsoever) Cant wait to get down there and get the details from Mario....
Gavs is great! - Tranquillo would like everybody to come on down to Gavs! Lets all go surfin now!
negativity - all these "cats" saying "la fonda is better, to many rules, longboarders, k-38, meathead security, bla bla bla." glad you dont like it cheapskates, cuz the cool vibe at gavy doesnt like you. i like having security, ive had boards ripped off b4 in mex and as long as youre not a total asshole you wont find trouble with the "meatheads" and i dont know about you, but sleeping in a tent at lafonda surfing way more crowded waves with a-holes throwing attitudes like monkeys throw shit is not all that great. so go to k-38 you rippers, and leave us alone. we like to smile in the water, when you grow up and understand that surfing is fun and more of a lifestyle then maybe youll come back and enjoy the great beauty of gavy. i know i do. ill leave you with a word. RELAX.
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