Shooting A Movie Scene In Michoacan

Then there was that time someone shot a big-budget movie scene, at this isolated beach in Mexico.  This little beach pueblo, nestled at the base of the gnar mountains of Michoacan, was once a secret spot for risk-taking surfers.  But after a couple decades, as the sport rose in popularity, the crowds eventually hit hard and the once sleepy pueblo started popping.  So much so, that watching a crew set up to shoot a scene here seemed sadly normal for the times.

A surfer checks the new set up.
A surfer checks the new set up.
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A couple gringos hanging at camp, about to watch the show.
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I’m just about to get a talking to, from the director. No worries, no flash!
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Apolinar was stoked, and had rented all his camp sites at once!
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Rolling, and rolling…
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The leading lady, doing a light check.
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“I’ll gladly give you surf lessons tomorrow, for a kiss tonight.” Haha, nah I have no idea…
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Breaking Open The Shoe Box Photos

It’s been 8 years since I traveled and surfed mainland Mexico.  Back then, I took so many photos and concentrated on getting those pics to the surfers, as well as Surfermag.com, that I wound up with a ton of outtakes.  I always pushed forward and just stashed them all on back up discs.  Now, after all those years, I’ve decided to spend some time weaving those old pics onto this site.  I don’t have much of an outline, so I’m just gonna blog it out!

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Jorge, slotted and looking for more shade.

I might as well start with my favorite wave and place.  The vibe and local crew here was never anything but pure surf and love.

Flaco isn't one to just kick out at the end of the line.
Flaco isn’t one to just kick out at the end of the line.
Some run the gauntlet, others like Adan take the time to cruise and enjoy the view.
Some run the gauntlet, others like Adan take the time to cruise and enjoy the view.
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Monarchs and Crow

Here’s a gallery of the monarch habitat in Santa Cruz, as well as a rare event.  On this particular sunny morning, a small group of crows were feasting on the butterflies.  Usually, birds leave the monarch alone because of that butterfly’s bitter and toxic milkweed diet.  The insects taste bad and will make the bird sick.  But for some reason, these crows in Santa Cruz were indulging on an easy prey.

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