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Surf Rescuing on Mexico's Most Dangerous Beach

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September 5, 2015

We've all seen those big wave surfing movies where pro surfers get towed out with a jetski to attempt to ride gigantic waves.

In this episode, we go to Mexico's most dangerous beach, Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido, about 2 hours from Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa. We meet with the respected lifeguards there, who perform more than 600 rescues a year. Indeed, this is a place where the lifeguards must rely on jetskis for surf rescues that happen when the huge waves of the mythical Mexican Pipeline are crashing — these huge surfing waves get up to 15 meters high.

Captain Godo from Salvadidas Lifeguards shows us all there is in a typical surf life-saving operation, from shallow water to deep ocean rescue, even teaching us CPR along the way. While we might not be ready for the Surf Lifesaving Championships in just a day, it was unreal to share the day with the badass lifeguards making our favorite sport safer.

ABOUT BASECAMP: Basecamp is a reality documentary series about a bunch of friends travelling around the world seeking alternative experiences in popular travel destinations. Booking stereotypical resort packages for the logistics and security, we then bust off the grounds and interact with locals to find the best adventures possible. Visit the website at

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