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Can You Still Score Uncrowded Barra?

Micah Margieson jaunts to Oaxaca’s marquee headland with a covert noughties template and luck on his side.

cinema // Nov 29, 2023
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: 2 minutes

I caught up with Micah Margieson on the phone after an ‘eggy and northerly’’ Snapper session.

Fortunately, the purpose of the call was to reminisce on playful, southerly Barra de la Cruz sessions. 

“I was meant to go to Mexico for the first time last year, and I didn’t get to because I hurt myself,” he recalls.  “ But I was just recently in the states visiting my uncle, and we saw this little window, so we pinned it down Thursday to Sunday, and surfed our brains out.  It was so mellow. I heard it gets busier than Snapper but I got a few days where there were just five or six people out.”

Edited by Matt Tromberg and filmed by a local kid named Rodrigo Santiago, the clip features Metal Neck’s newly emerging style, reminiscent of noughties core flanked by psychedelic. 

“It was sick to have Matt whip up a little edit, we went back and forth on a few ideas. He picked the song, and at first i was like ‘fuckin’ Weezer??” But then I realized it was actually kinda classic. That album just reminds me of being a grom,” Micah tells me, laughing.

Through the entire clip, the board under Micah’s feet is a template he’s been working on with Alex Crews for his shaping label ACSOD. (You can watch Stace Galbraith’s ACSOD Joyride here)

“It’s an early 2000’s file from his archives, something he made for Mitch [Crews] when he was doing the Q’ey, real pulled in swallow, narrower than what I’d usually ride,” Micah says. “I’ve known Alex for a long time, but since getting sponsored by the Board Lab I’ve really been able to gel with him. It’s sick actually getting in the shaping bay with someone who lives nearby.”

Above, enjoy Micah’s hereditary ease at enviably empty Barra.


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