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The influence of surfing arrived from California when in the 60's the first spots like Zihuatanejo with access from the highway or secondary roads were first discovered. Places such as Playa Las Gatas in Zihuatanejo Bay, a left that breaks on the coral reef with a fast break and with tubes, a Perfect Wave, although it doesn't break very often.

The wave at Petacalco was also discovered around this time. This is the largest wave in the region, a very powerful beach break with perfect gigantic tubes. This was one of the most famous waves during the 70's although it has been diminished with the building of the "José María Morelos" dam and the industrial port of Lázaro Cárdenas. It still has many very good days, but nothing like what it was before the industrial evolution of the area.

The foreign surfers continued searching for the Perfect Wave, and they discovered La Saladita, a long and perfect left point-break that breaks all year, albeit very small in the winter but still perfect for a long board.

Later they arrived to Troncones where there is another left-point break, Manzanillo Bay, which breaks on a coral reef. It has a very good first section and then slows down, but sometimes it can be faster and have a decent size. There are also areas of beach break  that can be very good in the fall and winter. Boca de Lagunillas is a little farther north, a river mouth with rights and lefts.

In the 70's the Queen of the Waves was found in the north of Guerrero, the Secret Spot, also called Oyster Bay. It used to be a beach full of oysters but they were all fished out by fishermen who didn't observe the off-season ban. Later an articleabout the Secret Spot appeared in the "Surfer's Journal" magazine and it was no longer a secret spot, so most surfers began to refer to it as The Ranch because they would always see a cowboy and his herd of cows on the road to the beach. Now it's a very popular wave although the access is still difficult and there are no hotels or places to stay there. About 2 kilometers to the south there is a river mouth with a good right break, and about 5 kilometers north is Palo Alto, a beach break with rights and lefts that break on a reef and with a good tube for part of the year.


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