fbElectric Acid Trip — Thermal
From $17,857 / night
Accommodation
Private cabanas
Duration
7 nights
Nearest major airport
Bahías de Huatulco International Airport (HUX)

Time to rewrite your bucket list.

"It’s simple, really — for the past few years we’ve been taking pro surfers (like Dane, Mason, Coco, Steph, Noa) to beautiful places to experiment with weird surfboards. We’ve loved it, they’ve loved it. And while we know you’ve loved watching it, we thought it was time to give you a chance to participate. With the help of our friends at Thermal, we created the Electric Acid Trip, a chance for you and your friends to venture to southern Mexico with 10 custom “alternative” shapes and a bespoke film to call your own."

The gist

If you've seen any of the Electric Acid Surfboard Test (EAST) films, you know that watching a pro unpack board bag after board bag of eccentric sleds from the world's best shapers evokes two primal feelings: Excitement and envy. We want you to feel that first one, but envy should be reserved for space travel and Colin Jost. You should be able to take your own Acid Test. With this in mind, we created the Electric Acid Trip, a bespoke EAST that you can take with your best friends.

  • Who: You and up to seven of your friends

  • What: 10 custom boards, your own Electric Acid Surfboard Test and a 10 to 20-minute film documenting the experience, captured and cut by Stab’s filmmaking wizards. Congrats, this is your small screen debut.

  • Where: Salina Cruz, Mexico

  • When: Spring 2022, when conditions are prime. But we're flexible, if you've got other dates in mind.

  • Why: Because this is one of those opportunities that will summit your bucket list and stare at you, teasing. We see how fun it is for the Dane’s, Mason’s and Steph’s of the world. For you? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A couple disclaimers… With film production and the creation of these custom boards — which you get to keep, btw — this trip is expensive, coming in at just over six figures (split between you and your crew). We’re not trying to be elitists. We know most people can’t afford this. But, if we find that there’s an appetite for this kind of trip, we’ll create more and focus on bringing the price down. Which brings us to our next point.

This is an experiment. We don’t know if this turns you on or if you just want to watch your heroes rip twin fins, but we thought we’d roll the dice and let you decide.

There’s one trip available. First in, best dressed. Book exclusively here.

The surf

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Salina Cruz is blessed with a mix of pointbreaks, jetty waves and beach breaks ranging from playful sand points throwing up chest high runners that peel for hundreds of yards, to mean, sand-sucking tubes that provide world class barrels. There is something for everyone here, from the novice who is looking to glide, to the traveling pro hunting perfect tubes.

The area is famous for the sand points, but don’t forget about the uncrowded beach breaks in the area that pick up the slightest swells and work on North Winds, as well as the many jetty waves, and even the odd wedge or two. If you like right hand points that peel for hundreds of yards, then Salina Cruz is one of the best spots on Earth to for you.

The surfing season for Southern Oaxaca begins in March, and can go all the way through November depending on the swell models. There are waves year-round, but south swell season is the best.

Accommodation

You and your group will have exclusive access to Las Palmeras Surf Resort for the duration of your trip. A 5-star resort atmosphere with incredible cabañas, delicious meals, swimming pool, knowledgeable guides, and amazing service right on the water. Recently renovated for 2021, Las Palmeras Surf Resort is the first locally-owned and operated surf resort in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico.

The beach-front lodging includes three beautiful cabañas, each one with two separate rooms, and space for up to 3 guests. Each room has queen sized beds, a private bathroom with on-demand hot water, A/C, WiFi, and televisions with Google Chromecast. The cabañas have their own private garden area where you can relax, stretch, or practice yoga beneath the shade of the native Brasil Trees. The cabañas have their own terraces with ocean views where you can watch the waves out front and listen to the ocean from your hammock.

If you want to swim, or just relax in the water after you surf, you will be able to do so in a swimming pool situated directly in front of the ocean. The pool also has a small area specifically designed for young children where they can enjoy a safe and shallow zone to splash, swim and play in.

There are also yoga matts, foam rollers, guitars if you want to play some music, and books to read. Enjoy surf videos, Netflix, cable TV and other movies if you want to watch television to unwind. In your air-conditioned room, you will be provided with fresh towels, clean sheets, soap and lotion daily. The rooms will be cleaned every day while you are surfing. The resort has an amazing view the ocean, where you can watch the sun set over Punta Chivo to the west and enjoy the ocean breeze.

4WD vehicles are available to take you to the beach. Many of the spots require extensive driving on sand, so 4WD is a necessity. All of the points are rights breaking over sand and scattered rocks, but if you are dying to go left and the wind is correct, you can visit the beach breaks outside of town or try the beach break below the old Las Palmeras house.

Las Palmeras officially opens mid March, and closes around the 1st of November, but if something pops up on the radar, we have been known to accommodate a group or two.

Food

Las Palmeras Surf Resort is famous for their delicious food. Meals are served at their new restaurant, beneath a large palapa with a shaded terrace and bar where you can enjoy your favorite beverage, watch television, or battle it out on the ping pong table. Amenities such as ice cream, snacks and alcohol are available at the resort for sale, if you so desire.

Using the the freshest local ingredients, you will have access to a delicious menu, providing you with healthy, nutritional meals made from local ingredients. A variety of cuisines are offered, ranging from traditional meals served in Oaxaca to meals more commonly served in the United States. Bottled water, soft drinks and juice are included, and vegetarian meals can be provided upon request. Snacks are on offer while surfing, including bottled water, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, tuna sandwiches and granola bars.

Culture and Activities

When not scoring, experience Salina Cruz in day hikes up to the secret waterfall, take a panga out for world-class fishing in the Pacific Ocean, or go explore the uncharted coast for new zones to surf and beaches to comb. Don’t forget that Oaxaca is home to the proudest people in all of Mexico! The Oaxacans have some of the strongest and oldest cultures in the world, still speaking dialects that originated from their ancestors hundreds and hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spaniards. Take an afternoon to check out the local scene in Juchitan or Tehuantepec. You can see amazing Mexican artisans and experience local culture. If you are lucky, you may find yourself dancing in one of Oaxaca’s famous festivals that happen each year.

Location

Getting there
Fly to Huatulco International Airport. Huatulco is located in the central (coastal) part of Oaxaca, approximately 4 hours sou... read more

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Questions?

What's included?
10 custom boards (that you get to keep), your own Electric Acid Surfboard Test and a 10 to 20-minute film documenting the experience, accommodation, food and beverages, airport transfers, transportati... read more
What's not included?
Flights, alcohol, and guest appearances by Dane, Mason, Coco, Steph, or Noa.
$17,857 per night!
We get it. This trip isn't cheap. It's a flat $125,000 for the full week (for up to 8 surfers), and that covers the cost of the film crew, video production, and the custom quiver of boards you get to... read more
What are the custom boards?
Once the trip is booked, we'll send out a huge menu of boards from previous EAST episodes. Once you pick your 10 favorites, we'll have the shapers get to work and your shiny new boards will be there w... read more
What to bring?
Supplies are somewhat sparse in this area. Bring plenty of boardshorts, sunblock, leashes, extra fins, wax and rash guards. Sometimes a spring suit is helpful for the early morning depending on your t... read more
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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