Defy Mexico Trip photosDisclaimer: I am not a writer. I got through English 101 in junior college. So just forgive my gramatical errors and enjoy!
The Defy Team consisting of Danny Harf, Shawn Watson, Benny G, and Shane Bonifay embarked on a fantastic journey to Mexico this past week. We started our trip in the Rio Brava, near Reynosa, Mexico. There we met up with our host Luis Loaiza, who took us to the camp. When the boys and I arrived we weren’t sure what to expect. “The Camp” is actually a massive compound with the most luxurious accomodations I have ever seen in wakeboarding. It is nestled in on the Rio Grande river that is just across the border from the US. I could actually throw a rock and hit the states. That idea was only cool until I noticed the speeding boats of the Border Patrol racing by. They literally haul some serious ass down river at all hours of the night. Not only do they have high speed boats, they also use helicopters that fly overhead. It’s pretty crazy to say the least. In fact on one of the mornings, Benny G was riding and the Border Patrol was following him for about 3 miles watching him ride or maybe just making sure he wasn’t trying to pull a fast one. Either way The conditions at the camp were amazing whether you are on or off the water. Every meal was prepared and there were amazing dishes no matter what meal. Sergio, who is the owner of this facility was an amazing person to meet. He always had a huge smile for you and would in his best attempt point you to the nearest meal or cervasa. He is seriously the best host I have seen. He makes sure that his staff of about 50 people have everything you need ready and anything else you need just a request away. They have a brand new Super Air Nautique 230 and 2 pro coaches from Argentina to teach the lessons. The 2 brothers, Teky and Alejo De Palma, were super cool and really good riders. They helped us out a ton on this trip from preparing boats to driving chase or just translating our needs or requests to Sergio. After spending a few days in Reynosa we met up with Jose Luis Deschamps, who is the athlete coordinator for Monster Energy in Mexico. We spent about 3 hours traveling in the Monster RV to Monteray. We hit some local taco stands which actually turned out to be pretty damn good. Then drove down without incident except that there is no speed limit and the RV felt like it was on the verge of tipping over while we passed gas trucks at 90! Once we arrived we met up with Dorig Bocquet, the Sports Marketing Manager for Monster Mexico. He got things in order and helped us out a ton! Dorig put us up at this really amazing house in Monteray near the lake owned by this kid Pipe aka Maricio. The accomidations were awesome there as well.
Special thanks to Sergio at Rio Bravo Camp, Luis Loaiza, Dorig Bouqeut and Jose Luis Deschamps, Octavio Le, Maricio “Pipe”, Peter and his Family, Marcus, Mauricio Gomez, Jorge, Alejo and Teky De Palma, Gheri and Laurita, Tomas Villalba and his Padre, Monster Energy Mexico, and our friends in Mexico.
Also special thanks to Steven Hahn, Brett Brinkerhoff, Danny Harf, Benny Greenwood, Shawn Watson, and Shane Bonifay.
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Viva la Mexico!!