Hurricane Agatha Just Hammered Some Of Mexico’s Finest Surf Breaks
Barra de la Cruz and Puerto Angel are among the worst affected.
On Monday, Hurricane Agatha came, on Tuesday it went.
In its aftermath, Agatha destroyed large swathes of Oaxaca and its coastal communities, regions dear to many surfers. Eddie Aikau winner and two time Big Wave World Champ, Greg Long told Stab, “It is the strongest hurricane ever recorded to come ashore in May in the Eastern Pacific leaving a wake of destruction in its path. The community of Puerto Escondido which holds a special place in the hearts of many in the international surf community was spared the worst of the damage, but tragically their neighbors just south in Puerto Angel and surrounding areas were devastated by the torrential wind and rain. Most are still without power, many of the roads are closed or washed out, and basic survival needs like food and water are being driven or walked in.”
Owing to poor infrastructure, landslides and overflowing rivers, more than ten people have been killed, twenty have been reported missing.
Local Puerto hellman Marcial Monreal told Stab, “The Puerto community is safe. Sadly the Ágatha hit a few miles south of us and it destroyed many communities on its path, some of them with really good waves like Barra de la Cruz. The local community in Puerto Escondido is working together alongside a multitude of organizations to help deliver food, water, hygiene supplies, clothing, and temporary shelter to those communities desperately in need. All money raised will be sent directly to fund the relief efforts which are expected to be ongoing for weeks to come. Please help! No dollar amount is too little to help make a difference.’
You can help contribute to the relief fund here.
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