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VIDEO – Road to the Final – Brennan Rose Wins Santa Cruz SUP Surf Comp

VIDEO – Road to the Final – Brennan Rose Wins Santa Cruz SUP Surf Comp

Brennan Rose surfing highlights from last weeks Santa Cruz Paddle Fest SUP Surf Contest at Steamer Lane. Brennan took the win in the Surf event and placed 2nd Place overall in the combined Surf and Race Results. Brennan is on a solid run of event results this year… His equipment is on point, and he has been putting in the time. It is easy to see from this video, he is fired up for the 2015 SUP Season.

why do I love paddle boarding so much?

If you’ve been keeping up with Mark’s Daily Apple, you know that standup paddling is a longtime favorite pastime of mine. And though I was into it before it was “cool,” I’m certainly not the first. Fishermen have been paddling their water vessels from a standing position for thousands of years and pre-contact Hawaiian surfers employed long paddles to reach the best waves on their 3-5 meter-long boards. In the mid-20th century, Oahu surf instructors would lead classes atop longboards with paddles, but it wasn’t until Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama started standup paddling (and being filmed doing it) that the sport gained broad “sport” status and board makers began producing dedicated SUP boards.

So, a lot of people have asked: why do I love paddle boarding so much?

I love the minimalism of paddling. Consider snowboarding, which I also love. Snowboarding requires a bunch of equipment. You gotta get the lift ticket. You gotta wear the cold weather gear. You need to strap on the boots. You gotta ride the lift and wear the goggles and check the conditions. It’s exhausting. Exhilarating, too, and I look forward to it every season, but you can’t beat the simplicity of slipping into the water and hopping up on your board with just some shorts and a paddle and no plan at all.

I can’t do traditional meditation. I’ve tried. I know the benefits. It just doesn’t work for me. But paddling? Getting the angle of the paddle just right as it enters the water with the least resistance? Engaging every muscle, however minor and seemingly inconsequential, to pull against the water? Paddling is my meditation. To get the angle of the paddle as it enters the water just right with the least resistance. I never even really think of it as a workout, although there’s not a better core program if you have good technique. Since taking up paddling, I’ve really developed my serratus anteriors to go along with the standard abs.

Shoulder problems? Don’t worry. With proper form, the shoulder is stabilized when you paddle. The arms in both top and bottom position are maintained fairly straight throughout the stroke; think of a “V” emanating out from the shoulder, formed by the two straight arm. Most of the actual “work” is done with the lats, the serratus, the abs, the hips, and the legs. Overall, paddling with proper form is a fantastic shoulder external rotation “pulling” movement. Since the majority of people are biased toward interior rotation of the shoulders, tight pecs, and a slumped, inactive thoracic spine, usually from too much computer and smartphone usage, standup paddling is a godsend for shoulder health. Even gym rats, who tend to be bench press addicts, can benefit from adding more restorative pulling or external rotation at the shoulder. Many experts think your pulling (pullups, rows) should outweigh your pushing (pushups, bench, overhead press, dips) by at least 2:1. Paddling is a productive and enjoyable way to do it. When I have shoulder problems from the gym, paddling actually helps iron them out.

Santa Barbara Lifestyle Photographer Doug Ellis

Compared to kayaks and canoes, standup paddle boards give you a unique vantage point. Whereas the seated water vessels direct your focus toward going and moving forward and working hard, standing up directs your gaze downward and outward across the horizon. When I paddle, I can see everything below and around me, and because paddling itself is such a relaxed, meditative process, I’m inclined to take advantage of the increased visibility. If the water’s clear (as it is in Malibu), you’ll see some incredible things swimming below that you’d simply miss if you were trying to catch waves or cut through the water in record time. Standup paddling encourages exploration, and rewards it.

Cool things happen when you paddle. You might meet new people (SUPers are some of the coolest folks around, in my experience), you might catch a wave or two, you often see incredible wildlife (especially in Malibu – seals, dolphins, schools of bat rays and other large fish, etc.), because you can see straight down below.

A few weeks ago, I bought a new “starter” board on which to train first-timers (Costco, delivered free to the house!). The next Saturday I went down to the beach locker where I keep my boards and saw that there was a SUP race taking off just a few hundred feet up the beach. I figured I’d try the new board out in that race, so I registered. Big mistake. 20 paddle strokes in I could see that this board, while extremely stable and easy to ride, was a barge compared to my regular sleek board. This 5-mile ocean race was going to be a hurt dance if I was thinking of maintaining any real speed. And I couldn’t just drop out because, well, I knew too many people watching on the beach, so I settled in for a good workout and vowed to enjoy whatever happened. Rounding the final buoy about a mile and a quarter off shore, lost in the meditative paddling “zone” but aware of my surroundings, I was startled to look up and see not 50 feet away a large mama gray whale and twin calves just lolling in the water. This is a rare, rare sight, the kind of thing whale watching enthusiasts dream about. The people on SUPs around me were equally surprised, and we all just stopped — mostly because we were waiting to see if she and the kids might dive underneath us. It was fantastic and exhilarating to be that far from shore, in fairly choppy water wondering who would make the next move. As it turned out, we racers all agreed to take a 2-minute timeout and just “be” in this once in a lifetime moment. It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. And that’s the kind of thing that can happen when you paddle.

Santa Barbara Lifestyle Photographer Doug Ellis

Interest piqued? I bet it is.

Here’s how to get started:

For beginners, I always recommend larger, wider boards like the Costco board mentioned above. The bigger the board, the better the stability. There’s nothing so demoralizing (and quick to discourage further paddling) to a newbie than repeatedly falling into the water because the board’s too wobbly and your balance is too underdeveloped. People with extensive surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, or other board-riding experience can probably get away with smaller boards, but the majority of beginners will get the most out of a wider, more stable board. Softer tops (as opposed to harder ones) also tend to favor the beginner.

Another choice to make is between planing hulls and displacement hulls. Boards with a planing hulls are like surfboards, sitting flat atop the water. These are great for all-around use, catching waves, and general fun on the water. Displacement hulls cut through the water, more like a kayak. They’re intended for racing and long-distance touring. I recommend most beginners start with planing hull boards until they get a feel for what they want out of paddling. If you get really into the sport and want to start racing or going long distance, you can always switch to a board with a displacement hull.

Buy at a shop rather than online for your first one. Many shops offer renter programs where you can try before you buy, and they’re full of passionate experts who will guide you toward the best board for your situation. Also, get fitted for a proper non-adjustable paddle; they tend to be higher quality than the adjustable ones.

Other than that? Just go try it. As I said earlier, it’s so simple and requires so little equipment (beside the board and paddle) that you can slip into the water and have fun. Ocean, lake, pond, river — all it takes is some water. If you’re a little unsteady, start on your knees. If you fall off, laugh and get back on. No one’s watching. No one cares.


Oh, and be sure to respect the locals, particularly if you’re trying to surf waves.

That’s about it for today, folks. If you have any questions about standup paddling, leave them down below. If you have any comments, tips, or advice for beginners, do the same.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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Top 5 Wavecation spots for SUP – stand up paddle

Top 5 Wavecation spots for SUP

Five Great SUP Trips for Your Next Vacation

If you’ve been getting into the Stand Up Paddle scene over the last few years you’ve probably realized it’s a really great way to explore previously unsurfed areas as well as your local waterways. Now you may be ready to take your skills on the road and explore someplace new.  Are you yearning to embark on your own paddleboard travel adventure but don’t know where to start?  Here’s a list of five exceptional and unique SUP getaway destinations and accommodations.  So just sit back, relax and day dream about your next SUP trip.

Gerry Lopez taking off on a clean wall somewhere near Punta Mita, Mexico.

Punta Mita, Mexico

The Waikiki of Mexico, this laid back and tourist-friendly area is only 20 minutes from the airport in Puerto Vallarta and SUP is taking off in a big way down there. From the point break in funky Sayulita, to the rolling waves of Anclote, or the downwinders along the sparkling coast, this gorgeous peninsula is set up perfectly for stand up paddle fun.  When you go, check out the beachfront Cinco Hotel. This upscale hotel is doing a fabulous job of catering to the SUP community.  The owner has teamed up with the Pipe Master himself, Gerry Lopez, to offer SUP and yoga camps (next one is May 24-26). Not only does the hotel have SUP boards on site for guest use, but the rooms also look directly onto the Anclote surf break – known as one of the best beginner waves in Mexico.

Dana Point, California

Dana Point is a picturesque beachside community and a SUP hotspot. In the heart of Dana Point you’ll find Doheny Beach, home to the annual Battle of the Paddle and other SUP races throughout the year. Around the corner is Baby Beach, a wide sandy beach that serves as a meeting place and entry point for flat water paddling in the harbor.  For a perfectly located place to stay in Dana Point try the Dana Shores condo.

View from the Dana Shores Condo. The Strand surf break down below and the Ritz-Carlton on the next point.

Perched atop a bluff with commanding views of the dazzling coastline and passing whales, this 2 bed/2 bath condo unit is an ideal home base for paddlers. The owner – a gracious host and avid SUP enthusiast himself – is happy to share his local paddle knowledge with guests. If you’re up for a real workout you can take the stairs from the condo directly down to the beach and paddle along the cliffs or do some surfing at the beach break.

Do you know a great way to combine surfing and exploring different beaches, towns, villages and the ever changing landscape? Booking a Surfing Safari with surf camp Pipa Brazil !
A team of experienced surfguides takes you to the best waves in this region, fitting your surfing skills. You will surf in secrets spots, where you will not have problems of overcrowding, 28/30 different types of waves that break during the year (about 14 in the summer and 16 in the winter) within 40km of coastline around Pipa.
The Surfari is ideal for those who travel alone or in small groups. Your fellow travelers are with you for three or five days, so you get a good chance to make some friends and learn from each other in the water and on the land. Our groups in general age from 18 to 35 years of age with a 50/50 mix of sexes, from all various walks of life and countries. Groups sizes of maximum 8 people plus two guides.
Surf Pipa School stands for a high level of water safety. People with zero or little surf experience will follow some classes before we will let you go free surfing. It does not matter if the waves are big, because we keep all beginners very close to the beach where the waves have less power.
Experienced Surfers paddle straight past the beginners into the line-up. Local knowledge and the use of surf forecasts will determine at which places we surf during the surf trip. Usually we will surf at three or four different places along the coastline.

Slickrock Resort, Belize

This small island on the Glover’s Reef Atoll is a true paddle paradise with endless miles of turquoise water dotted with tiny cays and islands to explore. The private island hosts only about 2 dozen guests at a time who enjoy almost every water sport imaginable including diving, fishing, SUP, kayak, kite boarding and surfing. During your week-long stay all meals are included. You’ll be delighted with the menu prepared from freshly caught fish, hand picked coconuts and other ingredients fresh from the land and sea. After dinner the ocean will lull you to sleep in your rustic beachfront cabana.

SUP surfing at Glover's Reef in Belize
Sup surfing a green wave at Glover’s Reef, Slick Rock resort in Belize

Sauble Lake, Lake Huron, Ontario

This popular Canadian summer retreat boasts warm weather, sandy beaches and miles of paddling. Lake Huron, which appears just as endless as the ocean, dominates the landscape. You could paddle for days up or down the coastline and even surf small waves most of the summer. Grab a friend and paddle from the beach up the river to Sauble Falls Park and enjoy the natural waterfalls. Cottage rentals are the lodging of choice in Sauble Beach. Try the Sandpiper and Seagull cottages built in 1937. These simple and rustic beachfront cabins offer rates starting at $145 per night.

Front Porch of the Seagull cottage on Sauble lake Ontario
Enjoy a rustic cabin in the woods across the path from miles of SUP opportunities

Yes, there is good SUP and sometimes waves and “warm” water in the Great Lakes.

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii’s North Shore has one of the most concentrated stretches of surf breaks in the world. Summer visitors will enjoy clear waters and calm conditions while each winter the North Shore comes alive with huge swells. Many of the surf breaks here are best suited for expert surfers but there are some wonderful spots for stand up paddling, even if you’re a beginner. Try the scenic paddle up Haleiwa River or the beaches surroundingTurtle Bay which have played host to many SUP events. Located on a picturesque point, the Turtle Bay Resort offers SUP lessons and rentals and has plenty of turtle filled lagoons to explore as well as world class waves. The hotel offers incredible ocean views or choose one of the Ocean Villas and stay just steps from the waters edge.

girl paddling out at Turtle Bay Surf Resort
Turlte Bay Resort offers an incredible surf front location perfect for surfers, paddleboarders and families

More Exciting SUP Destinations

  1. Playa Guiones, Costa Rica – Where jungle meets the sea. Sunrise paddle in the waves with howlers monkey’s calling in the distance.
  2. Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii –  SUP paddlers playground. Gentle waves and calm waters are ideal for first time wave riders.
  3. Surfer’s Point, Barbados – Blue water and a forgiving point break make this a popular spot for SUP.
  4. Tofino, Canada – Breathtaking, and not because of the cold water. Temperate rainforest meets an unspoiled coastline with unlimited paddling choices.
  5. Treasure Cay, Bahamas –  All girls SUP camps with clear water, white sand, unexplored islands and small waves.

Article written by Wavecation and originally posted at SUP Connect

Las largas noches de Praia da Pipa Elegida por muchos Argentinos para visitar y también para vivir, Pipa es otra de las localidades del norte brasileño con un espíritu muy atractivo para el visitante.

Las largas noches de Pipa

Por Redacción LAVOZ

Elegida por muchos argentinos para visitar y también para vivir, Pipa es otra de las localidades del norte brasileño con un espíritu muy atractivo para el visitante.

Tiene temperaturas altas durante todo el año y unas playas maravillosas, muy atractivas para los surfers, ya que sus olas son ideales para practicar el deporte. Del mismo modo, es lugar elegido por mucha gente joven, ya que su actividad nocturna es intensa.

Pipa es el lugar preferido de mucha gente joven, que disfruta de la intensa vida nocturna.

“Pipa es como la Ibiza del Río Grande del Norte”, comenta en una cena un empresario hotelero a propósito de la buena oferta en bares y discotecas. Y eso se comprueba cualquier noche en su centro neurálgico, unas pocas cuadras que concentran muchos locales recreativos de diversas clases. Desde pubs y restaurantes con comidas típicas y carros ambulantes que ofrecen bebidas de las más variadas, hasta pequeños locales atiborrados de gente que baila, en una suerte de mezcla curiosa de club electrónico y bar de playa.

En cuanto al alojamiento, hay muchas posadas para toda clase de visitantes y bolsillos, desde las más rústicas a las más lujosas. Una de estas últimas es el Pipa Beleza Spa Resort, recomendada para aquellos que buscan descansar con todas las comodidades. Cuenta con departamentos amplios y prácticos, muy bien decorados, y las zonas de tránsito común están rodeadas de vegetación natural.

Conjunción infalible: profusa vegetación, playas y mar.

El personal siempre es atento y aconseja de acuerdo a las necesidades del huésped.


Las playas son la gran atracción de Pipa, tanto en plan familiar como para los más jóvenes y aventureros.

Una de las visitas obligadas es la Praia do Madeiro, una playa ancha y tranquila a la que se accede luego de bajar una larga escalera rodeada de ambientes naturales.

Algunas playas tienen el oleaje ideal para practicar surf.

Se puede tomar sol, darse un chapuzón en aguas cálidas, beber un trago típico en alguno de sus barcitos o tomar clases de surf con algún profesor. Uno de ellos, Jean Carlos, es un lugareño casado con una argentina que en pocos minutos, y con un buen manejo del español, puede convencer de quedarse a vivir en Pipa.

Praia do Madeiro también es la elegida por algunos delfines, ya que es común verlos aparecer fugazmente en zonas cercanas a la costa.

Otro lugar tradicional es la Playa del Amor, así denominada porque la forma de sus costas se asemeja a la de un corazón. Una de las leyendas asegura que ese punto es el preferido de algunas parejas recientes, ya que, según aseveran los habitantes y lo cuentan los guías turísticos, un beso en esa zona paradisíaca es garantía de amor para toda la vida.

La Playa del Amor, al igual que en otras partes de Pipa, se puede ver desde sus acantilados, un paseo óptimo si lo que uno desea es contemplar el lugar desde las alturas.

Santuario ecológico

Si bien las playas y la noche son las atracciones elegidas por la mayoría de los visitantes, Pipa también cuenta con otras actividades para realizar durante el día. Una de ellas puede ser una visita al Santuario ecológico, con sus senderos rodeados de naturaleza, flora y fauna típica del lugar, que aseguran un paseo para respirar uno de los aires más puros de toda América.

Un alto en la excursión marítima para disfrutar del almuerzo.

Otra excursión muy recomendable, tanto para la familia como para grupos variados de turistas, es a la laguna Guarairas. Se trata de un recorrido de varias horas a bordo de uno de los barcos Solemio, desde la mañana hasta bien entrada la tarde. El tiempo durante el viaje se pasa de la mejor manera: cada tramo incluye la explicación correspondiente del guía, mientras se invita al pasajero a degustar algún trago, con o sin alcohol, además de varias exquisiteces preparadas en una pequeña parrilla ubicada en una de las esquinas del barquito.

Es un plan perfecto para pasar una jornada completa (175 reales por persona), ya que incluye paradas de varias clases, desde la visita a un pueblo de pescadores hasta una merienda en medio del mar.

Finaliza con una vista privilegiada del atardecer, otra postal hermosa del norte de Brasil.

Restaurantes, pubs y pequeños locales invitan a estirar las noches de Pipa

Después de alguno de estos paseos, se puede volver a la playa para hacer una breve caminata nocturna, o ir directamente a la posada y prepararse para una salida al pueblo, con sus locales dispuestos para la diversión.

Las opciones son muchas y todas llevan el inconfundible sello de Pipa: bohemia y buena compañía hasta que el sol anuncie un nuevo día.

SUP Safety Tips for Salt Water

SUP Safety Tips for Salt Water

Equipment and Preparation

The wearing of a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is universally considered a hazard and a hinderance to all surf orientated board-sports, as a result of reduced agility both on or in the water which in itself can put the individual at risk. Falling, retrieving and recovery, are inherent, natural components of SUP`boarding, as per windsurfing and surfing, not ‘critical’ events as associated with kayaking or canoeing. While this view may seem incongruous with other water sports, SUB`s present no inherent risk of entrapment, swamping or suffer from the potentially disabling consequences of capsize, being inherently safer from these points of view than a kayak or canoe and ‘unsinkable’.

If you do decide to paddle in saltwater, inquire among surf and kayak shops on where to go, any tips, etc. Get a local boating or paddling guidebook for more info as well. And buy a tide chart, learn to read it, and use it to plan you paddles. High winds are good for  downwinders, love super glassy days are good for quiet paddles and cleaner boat wakes. Low tides can make waves quite large, high tides provide a shorter carry to the water from the car. Winter means less people in the water, quite a few calm days but fun windy days as well. Summer is obviously warmer but more chaotic d. Pros and cons of each, find out what works best for you. Winter will mean more high tides in the day, while summer has low tides during the day.

Terms for Paddleboarding in Saltwater:

  • Tide Chart: Shows the vertical change in water which affects beach, dock, and boat ramp access.
  • Current Chart: Shows the horizontal movement of water. This only applies to areas of high current above 3-4kts.
  • Ebb – Outgoing tide or current.
  • Flood – Incoming tide or current.
  • Slack – Period between ebb and flood, sometimes calm, and in some location current direction may seem confused.

If you’re training for a race, you’ll find that tidal currents, wind, and boat waves will add more challenge to your paddles better preparing you for the unexpected conditions of a race. In a recent race in Seattle, many paddlers complained that the side wind forced them to paddle on one side for a few miles which was exhausting. Paddlers in the race who paddle in saltwater, found those conditions similar to what they regularly experience daily with strong tidal currents which push and pull on on a board/boat in open water.

Self rescue

Self-rescue techniques taught/learnt as an initiation to SUP`ing; paddling assuming a kneeling or sitting position, paddling prone using the hands and advice as to when to use such techniques (strong off-shore winds, broken paddle, strong currents etc) A distress signal can include waving the paddle side to side above the head whilst straddling board or waving arms above head, side to side to attract attention.

Stay with your board

Stay with your board at all times, which is more visible in a rescue situation than a lone swimmer and will provide in most cases an adequate platform of safety.

Avoid offshore winds

Avoiding paddling in offshore winds (or tidal flow) and know how and when to respond if needs be (self rescue).

Define boundaries

Define the limits of use of SUPs and appropriate, safe venues and situations in which future learning should take place.

Sequential learning

Instruction must be sequential introducing simple through to more complex skills; mastery of basic paddling and board skills, balance and board recovery, fostering achievable outcomes, limiting attrition rates, and higher levels of safety.

Don’t underestimate the physicality of the sport

While the initial experience of SUP may appear ‘effortless’, it must be stressed this is a skillful, physical sport the demands of which significantly increase as natural forces intensify i.e. wind, wave action, tidal flow.

On-water sessions must include defined paddling areas (boundaries) understood by paddlers for their safety and others and the overall management of the learning environment. The use of markers, buoys or fixed objects can be used if necessary.

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mundial ISA SUP 2015 Mexico stand up paddle

Mundial ISA SUP 2015 Mexico stand up paddle 

mundial isa 2015 sup stand up paddle
mundial isa 2015 sup stand up padddle
First Ever ISA World Championship To Be Held In Mexico

La Jolla, California, November 12, 2014 – The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to announce that the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship(WSUPPC) will be held in Sayulita, Mexico from May 10th to the 17th. This event will mark the first ever ISA World Championship to take place in the country.

The ISA WSUPPC has witnessed explosive growth since the inaugural event in 2012. It has nearly tripled in athlete participation from 105 to 277 and grown from 17 to 27 countries in its first three editions in all divisions.

Mexico offers a rich coastline with many incredible destinations for StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, and Sayulita is a perfect location to host the ISA WSUPPC. Sayulita is considered the epicenter of Mexico’s SUP community.

“We are delighted that Mexico will host the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita, which is the first ISA World Championship ever in Mexico,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Sayulita will be an ideal venue for the best SUP Surfers, SUP Racers, and Paddleboarders in the world to gather and compete for Gold. We are grateful for the dedication and hard work of the President of the Mexican Surfing Federation, Luis Skeen and his Director of SUP, Alfredo Salafranca, for making this event possible. We look forward to a long term relationship between Mexico and the ISA.”


México ofrece una hermosa línea costera con muchos sitios increíbles para practicar el Surfing y Carreras de StandUp Paddle y Sayulita es el lugar perfecto para recibir el ISA WSUPPC. Sayulita es considerado el centro de la comunidad SUP de México. Foto: Ed Dorsett/Wicked Fotos
Primer Campeonato Mundial De La ISA Que Acogerá México

La Jolla, California, 12 de Noviembre de 2014 – La International Surfing Association (ISA) se enorgullece de anunciar que el ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) 2015 se llevará a cabo en Sayulita, México, del 10 al 17 de Mayo. Este evento será el primer Campeonato Mundial de la ISA en este país.

El ISA WSUPPC ha sido testigo de un crecimiento explosivo desde el evento inagural en 2012. La participación de atletas se ha casi triplicado, de 105 a 277 y crecido de 17 a 27 países en todas las divisiones, durante las tres primeras ediciones.

México ofrece una hermosa línea costera con diversos destinos increíbles para el Surfing y Carreras de StandUp Paddle, y Sayulita es el lugar perfecto para acoger el ISA WSUPPC, al ser considerado el centro de la comunidad de SUP de México.

“Estamos encantados con que México acoja el World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2015 en Sayulita, el cual será el primer Campeonato Mundial de la ISA en México”  dijo el Presidente de la ISA Fernando Aguerre. “Sayulita será el lugar ideal para los mejores Surfistas SUP, Corredores de SUP y Paddleboarders del mundo, donde se reunirán para competir por el Oro. Estamos agradecidos por la dedicación y los esfuerzos del presidente de la Federación Mexicana de Surfing, Luis Skeen y su director de SUP, Alfredo Salamanca, por hacer posible este evento. Deseamos que se convierta en una relación de largo plazo entre la ISA y México”.