Salina Cruz scene treads fine line between exposure and exploitation
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 May, 2012 : - - For decades a few lucky ex-pats in Mexico have been trickling south from Puerto Escondido to a quiet fishing village in Oaxaca and staying understandably tight-lipped about the hidden perfection stacked up along a set of sand-bottom points. Then, in 2006, a Rip Curl Search event scored what has been called the best contest-surf ever seen, and overnight the secret was out. Surfers flooded the town, Salina Cruz, treading the fine line between exposure and exploitation with mixed results.
As more lucrative magazine and film trips marched through, the town and its inhabitants received little benefit. Then, last year, a slew of film trips and a gratuitously written magazine article converged to bring issues to a head. In reaction, Salina Cruz local and surf camp owner, Cesar Ramirez, sent out an industry-wide email proclaiming a two-year ban on all media coverage of the areas surf.
Shortly thereafter, Damien Fahrenfort posted a video on his blog Doomasrumors under the title No More Mex with the following caption:
Here are a few clips from a trip I did to Mexico this year with Dusty and Alex Grey. We got some pretty mental waves but unfortunately no ones boards arrived and what boards did have we broke really quickly. Shane Dorian, Dane and everybody happened to be here as well and after the trip naturally the mags released a story about it. The article didnt go down so well with the locals (a little cheeky) and for the next two years photography of this place is banned.
This is the last footage I have from here and this place is very dear to me. Its a escape from the horrible waves of southern California and after a few days here I feel like a surfer again, sun burnt and surfed out. I hope the locals can forgive us and let us surf their waves again.
The locals have since formed a union and decided to lift the ban under a strict new set of rules aimed at benefiting the local community. The new union is known as the United Surfers and Lifeguards of Salina Cruz, and with support from the Mexican government, the association has decided that all filmmakers and photographers must pay a flat fee of U.S. $800 to shoot no exceptions.
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Source: Adventure Journal
Author: Janos Parko / Grind TV
Tags: Salina Cruz, Video, Surf Culture