I bought my very first surfboard off Colin Kearns well over a decade ago. He was also there when I ‘caught’ my first wave. Many of you probably know Colin. He owned Island Longboards, a cool little surf shop where no surf shop ought to have been. Island Longboards still exists in Qualicum but has been taken over by a young go-getter. Colin and his wife Sabine now half their time between Qualicum and Mexico.
I was headed to Mexico for an impromptu surf trip a few weeks back and got in contact with Colin. He and Sabine now run a bed and breakfast on the beach near La Penita, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, about an hour and a half drive North from Puerto Vallarta. They have been working on a property they bought some 6 years ago, and have transformed it into a thing of beauty. I was fortunate enough not only to visit Casa Siestas and Olas, but to have Colin take me out for a session on his standup paddleboard. A quick aside…I brought two boards down with me and was expecting surf…this part of Mexico is having a terrible season. There has been very little swell to speak of in an area that is usually blessed with constant waves.
Anyways, I was getting rather despondent about the lack of surf and was wishing I had brought my standup. Colin came to the rescue. Not only did he lend me his standup for the afternoon, but even better, he took me out to a secret left hand reef break. I spent the afternoon basking in Mexican sunshine and paddling into perfect waist-high waves. We enjoyed a couple of cold Cervesas on the beach and headed back to Casa Siestas and Olas. If any of you are heading down be sure to be in contact with Colin and Sabine. Casa Siestas and Olas is a very special place run by a couple of very special people. I can’t wait to return. Visit the Casa Siestas and Olas website for more information : www.stayandplayinmexico.com.
Check out the pictures below!
Editors Note: please note that the Bed and Breakfast is now closed for the season but the Casa is still available to rent.