Wednesday,9 Jan 2013


Justin Henderson is responsible for most of the the text on this site. Justin is an established writer, having published six novels as well as many non-fictions and travel guides. When he’s not writing, he’s usually riding waves on a surfboard or a paddleboard in Sayulita or Punta de Mita.


Everyone knows that Sayulita is a major surfing town, with a number of really talented wave-riders among the local population. Naturally the kids here are eagerly following in the footsteps of the current generation. Many of these kids, boys and girls alike, are already riding waves like pros.

Over the weekend we got a chance to see them in action at “Who’s Next?” A surfing contest—Torneo de Surf, en Español—featuring kids aged 4 to 17 riding the waves of Sayulita in front of a large crowd of parents, friends, families, visitors, and anyone and everyone who happened to wander down the beach. The waves were good-sized, with sets head-high plus (especially when the wee ones were out there), and while the wind made a mess of things during the preliminaries on Saturday, Sunday’s advanced heats featured the kids riding waves from waist-high to well overhead. There were some great performances out there.

Who’s Next? Well, my friend Eno James might be next. He won his division, anyway. That’s him in the photo, riding what is not a massive wave by any stretch, but you can see the mastery in his position. The kid’s got it.

At least half a dozen of our local lads have got it. We live in Surf City, Mexico.

Congrats to all the kids who participated, to all the kids who won, and to all the sponsors, parents, and surfer people who put it on, for it was a great show.