Hosted in Sayulita, Mexico, the Mexi Log Fest is a surf invitational event packed with not only hot competition but lots of things to do. The week long gathering includes yoga, sound baths, kids surf clinics, tasty food, surf film showings and live music plus loads more. Hordes of incredible longboarders descend upon Nayarit to compete in traditional, single-fin sliding, scoring some of the best waves in Mexico and leaving a positive trace with the local community.
REBEL END Ambassador Iker took his place amongst the lineup, grabbing some beautiful rides, soaking up the Mexican sunshine and enjoying the party.
“It was my second year at the Mexi Log Fest. Last year we built a lot of relationships with the local community and the participants of the festival. We went this year with a base, as last year we didn’t know anyone!
The best thing about the festival is that it’s a party, not a contest. It’s like a gathering, you get there and see people you haven’t seen all year, have fun with them, go have dinner with the local guys, there’s concerts every night, it’s more about having fun that competing, in my case.
It’s a different way of competing though, instead of going heat by heat, everyone has to surf 3 heats, then the best 2 waves of each heat gives you your average, then you get ranked and the top 16 goes to the quarter finals. Last year I came 47th or 48th, and my average was 4.83. My goal this year was to get a better average! I don’t really care about the ranking. This year I got 5.33 and I qualified 54th out of 88. More or less 54th in the world as the Duct Tape Invitational crew were surfing at the Mexi Log Fest this year, so it was a lot of fun to compete with the top guys.
The contest was in Sayulita, in Nayarit, Mexico. I was travelling with my friend Jon Garmendia who’s from my hometown of Zarautz, and also my brother Alex Trevino and my friend and camera man Xabier Beloki. We hung out with lots of people when we were in Mexico though, with people from Russia and Australia and the Philippines as well as locals, it’s been a lot of fun.
Last year we went in the sea at the comp everyday but this year we rented a car and headed to loads of different spots, capturing lots of photos and videos, so basically we’ve been free surfing every day, twice a day at least. We surfed Punto Burros, La Lancha, and other spots, heading to different towns to have lunch and dinner, trying different cultural things. Regarding the party, well, Mexico is Mexico. We didn’t party as much as last year, but we’ve definitely been partying. It’s been so much fun as it’s another way to meet new people.”