GOOD OIL OPENER

BY ALEX WORK­MAN

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Af­fec­tion­ately known as Mex­i­can Pipe­line, Puerto Es­con­dido is a wave that cer­tainly war­rants the at­ten­tion. Drown­ings, bro­ken limbs and snapped boards are com­mon at the fa­bled bar­relling beachie that can hold up to 20 feet. Roll the dice and you can be the re­cip­i­ent of the wave of your life. Le­gends have been made here. Greg Long won the 2014 XXL Ride Of The Year at Puerto, Brian Con­ley fash­ioned a ca­reer here and most re­cently Shane Do­rian air-dropped into a bomb that de­fies logic.

But it's not only the wave that can break you; Puerto is a no­to­ri­ously sketchy place to be a pho­tog­ra­pher. Just ask Camila Neves, a Brazil­ian pho­tog­ra­pher from Rio De Janeiro, who has been com­ing to the sand bot­tom mir­a­cle for the past three sea­sons." In my first year shoot­ing Puerto I had a lot of prob­lems deal­ing with the lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers. I had to go to the po­lice sta­tion af­ter some guy told me that if I kept shoot­ing he was go­ing to kill me," she says. Af­ter mak­ing peace with the help of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties Camila now has safe pas­sage at Playa Zi­catela with­out fear of ret­ri­bu­tion. "One of the rea­sons I love Puerto is that it was my first con­tact with re­ally big waves."

This photo was taken a few days be­fore the Pico Alto Big Wave World Tour event and the pulled back an­gle makes Puerto look a lot less scary. Ac­cord­ing to Camila it doesn't show the chaos that was play­ing out in the lineup. "I've never seen so many peo­ple as I did on this day. There were big bar­rels and mas­sive wipe­outs, a typ­i­cal scene in Zi­catela when the surf is on." If you are equipped with a big set of balls, a rhino chaser and are versed in the art of war then hope­fully one day you'll also find your own slice of Mex­i­can per­fec­tion.

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