The full moon rises slowly above the mesa and grants her colored shine to blue waters of the bay. Warm offshore breezes hold up the edges of the waves born thousands of miles away.
A few surfers still paddle out to catch what remains of the light. Later, another group will ride in full moonlit waters.
My arms are spent. While the swell has not been as large as predicted, I’ve been thrilled to ride overhead waves in warm water and clear skies. Water temp = 74°. Air = 88°. (I’m told back in California the weekend water was a balmy 54°- UGH!)
There’s a lovely reverence at this close of day/start of night. Several locals, a few surf travelers gather at second point to watch the moon and the last of the surfers. We chatter about waves, sets .. How many hours we spent in the water .. the diabolical currrent that kept us paddling non-stop simply to stay in position. How tired we are – while noting when we’ll get back in the water. There were crowded moments – and then there were moments with only three surfers in the water and more waves than could be ridden.
The waters have been a delightful mix of short and long boarders from San Juanico, Cabo, Canada, Austria, Brazil and the U.S. Languages blend in the water. Waves are shared. Stories of other waves wrap around our amazing glee at finding ourselves in one of the perfect spots at a perfect moment.
I am thrilled that Armando, Manuel, Marta, Jessie & Juan remember me. “When did you get back?” Armando asks as I wait for the next set. His bright red board and his broad smile are hard to miss. He makes me feel apart of the local family, and it’s a feeling that I like.
San Juanico has lodged itself in my heart….. and a sense of its essence and beauty travels with me.