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Barra de la Cruz

Barra de la Cruz

Oaxaca - Pacific Coast Mexico, Mexico

Surf, Bodyboard

The Barra de la Cruz right is located on the edge of the Sierra Madre, in the state of Oaxaca, South Mexico. Land of the ancient Zapotec culture, surrounded by a jungle landscape that gives you the impression of being trapped in time. To get to Barra de la Cruz, the best way is to fly to Santa Maria de Huatulco Airport and rent a vehicle so that you can go to most of the spots that are accessible from different points along the Federal 200 Road. The construction of this Federal road was a major development in communications for the whole of the Pacific coast and Barra de la Cruz is now just over 30 minutes away from Huatulco Airport in the direction of Salina Cruz.

Barra de la Cruz sits behind the hills and isn’t visible from the beach, which is accessed by a typical dirt road. It’ll be easy to find accommodation around the village but it’s important to take useful items such as medicine with you, and above all keep in mind that the best season for waves is the rainy season so make sure you take lots of insect repellent. The advantage of this right is that it remains unspoilt despite it not being far from the tourist areas in Huatulco Bay. It’s currently one of the most important spots along Mexico’s Pacific coast and it’s relatively near, a little more than an hour and a half away from the barrels at Zicatela Beach in Puerto Escondido so the locals often travel there, however, if it gives the right conditions at Barra, logically, many surfers go to there instead, so being respectful and patient is the key like anywhere else in the world. If there aren’t good waves, it wouldn’t be bad to go for the Oaxaca style Tequila mescal. In this place of secrets, it’s better to go with the flow because you can’t look for the waves, you find them by chance.

In June 2006, a Rip Curl Pro Search event was held with tremendous success and was followed internationally by the media and surfers. The right surpassed all expectations. But we must be objective and say that they were lucky that just on those days, the necessary circumstances came together to produce the perfect right. During the competition, Mick Fanning compared it to Kirra during its best years and said “I was going inside barrels the whole time and losing my mind”, the ‘King’ Kelly Slater said “The circuit needed something like this” and winner of the final, the legend Andy Irons, said “The best event in years”. 



Barra needs a big swell for it to be working. It’s worth knowing that with good conditions, 10 feet at Puerto Escondido is the equivalent of 3 feet at Barra. The chances are you won’t get a repetition of the conditions from that legendary event in 2006 but with a strong swell and above all a high period, there’ll be quality waves. The best swells come in spring, summer and autumn. Barra works with various swell components, S-SW, and although it’s better when it’s glassy, the N-NW breezes don’t ruin things. You can catch waves from 3 feet but Barra works from 6 feet and with a rising low tide.

With regards to the dynamics of this right, there are sometimes currents at the take off zone that make the drop in difficult. The first section is hollow, then there are concave sections until the inside where the wave often ends with a barrel. The condition of the seabed here is crucial, like most of the bars with sand bottoms in Mexico. This situation is favoured in the rainy season when the rivers deposit sediments that benefit the state of the seabed and therefore, the wave dynamics. The paddle back from the inside is difficult so if the wave leaves you quite far away, it’s better to walk back along the beach and re-enter carefully by the rocks.

Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
  • Wind
  • Tide
    Low - Medium
  • Swell
  • Bottom
  • Size
    3 to 8 ft
  • Time of year
    From April to October
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