Along the rugged landscapes and breathtaking coastlines of Baja Mexico lies many hidden gems for intrepid travelers. Remote havens for overlanders seeking adventure, surf enthusiasts chasing perfect waves, anglers seeking fresh catch, and anyone yearning to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Mexican culture.

The following adventure story is produced in conjunction with YAKIMA@yakimaracks

Baja Califonia, with its dramatic landscapes and pristine beaches, has been a magnet for surfers, anglers, and campers since the early 1960s. Back then, these vehicle-based adventure travelers referenced the Bible of Baja, “Lower California Guidebook: A Descriptive Traveler’s Guide, by Peter Gerhard and Howard E. Gulick” to embark on epic journeys south.  With their trusty surfboards and fishing poles strapped to their vehicles, these pioneers, in pursuit of the perfect waves, tacos and ceviche, ignited a passion for Mexican culture.


Cover: Lower California Guidebook, Fourth Edition

Inspired by the visiting wave riders, Mexican surf clubs began to sprout along the coastline. The 1970s marked a significant turning point as dirt roads gave way to paved highways, transforming Baja into an easily accessible paradise for those with a thirst for adventure. This change not only facilitated travel but also sparked a cultural shift. Campers, anglers, and surfers, equipped with their boards, fishing poles and tents, flocked to Baja’s scenic shores, creating a vibrant community along the coastal highway.

Today, the essence of Baja has evolved beyond mere exploration; it has become a quest for an immersive experience—a journey that transcends boundaries. Overlanding through Baja is about much more than finding the perfect camping spot or catching the ideal wave. It’s a pilgrimage to unearth the very heart of surfing, the hidden fishing spots, the most amazing sunsets, and all things Mexican culture.


After a long day of action and driving, the team enjoy the Baja beach view and get dinner ready.

To recreate the 70s experience, with modern comforts, Yakima brought together four talented young adventure seekers and sent them south of the border in two vehicles outfitted for exploration and memory making. The crew was tasked to explore south of the border, retrace, and document the immersive experiences of the 60s and 70s.

A crew of four embarked on this journey south filled with surfing, fishing, art and photography. This crew didn’t just bring rad vehicles fully equipped for the rugged challenges Baja terrain has, but they brought their own unique talents as well.


The Surfer: Holds The Record For Consecutive Days Surfed By A Woman


Meg: an all-out surf queen. Her positive vibes and chill mood are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. A Baja frequenter, Meg helped lead the pack to incredible surf and camp spots, such as Cuatro Casas. Her boards soared above her through Baja as she co-piloted the Ford Bronco with Kayla.


The Angler: Who Still Has A Smile On When She Doesn’t Catch A Fish


Kayla: What’s a trip to Baja without some fishing? Kayla packs a punch when it comes to the Fly-Fishing world. While some of the crew was searching for perfect waves, she was searching for perfect casts. By land or by sea, she was determined to get out and throw some flies. Kayla was our pilot behind the wheel of her Ford Bronco. Fully racked out with Timberline Towers, RoadShower, Surf pads for Meg’s Boards, and of course, the Yakima DoubleHaul to keep her fly rods rigged and ready.


The Artist: Who Also Skates and Loves Fixing Fences


Skating Artist: Waves aren’t going off? No stress, Jess finds peace surfing the concrete of Baja. If the concrete waves were getting a bit rocky, Jess surfs the canvas. A master with the brush, Jess sought inspiration from Baja’s unique culture to inspire his rad paintings. Wheeling both on road and off, Jess cruised through Baja in the driver’s seat of the Ford Ranger. This rig was kitted out with Yakima Overhaul on the bed, holding the Skyrise HD RTT, and all the overlanding necessities. Over the cab was a LockNLoad platform fitted with a SupDawg to hold his boards.


The Photographer: Recently Kicked By A Horse


Rounding up the herd like a true cowboy does, Dylan photographed the journey and captured the memorable moments. His western style, Baja knowledge and navigating skills are key parts to any overland trip. Sitting shotgun to Jess in the Ford Ranger, you can only imagine the country gold that was pumping out of those speakers.


Quick nod to YAKIMA and the bolt-on products that enabled this adventure. Adventure story continues below…


The Ford Ranger was equipped wih the OVERHAUL HD, the LOCKNLOAD, the SUPDAWG, and the SUNRISE HD. Click on the image above to see these produces on YAKIMA’s website.



The Ford Bronco was equipped with the ROADSHOWER, the TIMBERLINE TOWERS, the DOUBLEHAUL and the MAJORSHADEY. Click Image Above To Explore These Products on Yakima’s Border Lines dedicated page.

Of the many stops, the team of four led by Meg, decided to make a stop at Cuatro Casas Hostel. This rustic hostel, approximately 3 hours south of Ensenada is mecca for affordable surfing, camping and gorgeous sunsets. This is more than just a place to rest your head; it’s a sanctuary where like-minded adventurers have converged and swapped stories over the crackling campfire. A place where friendships were forged, and the ocean’s call continues to be answered daily.

Cuatro Casas Hostel Overview Map

Cuatro Casas Hostel Overview Map: If you follow Google Maps, you will surely get lost.

Cuatro Casas Close Up

Close up of Cuatro Casa Hostel. Natural formation brings in the waves.

After a week of overlanding, exploring new territories, embracing the culture, and learning new things, this crew took away the most they could while making memories they’ll never forget.


So, whether you’re a seasoned overlander, a die-hard surfer, or simply an adventurer at heart, set your sights on the rugged landscapes, breathtaking coastlines, and the warm embrace of Baja culture.

As the sun dips below the horizon, casting shades of gold and crimson on the tranquil Pacific, should you retrace this trip, you’ll find yourself reflecting on your journey. The relentless pursuit of the perfect wave, the discovery of hidden coves, the taste of tacos that dance on your taste buds—the moments that define the Baja overlanding experience.


The crew, from left to right, Dylan the photographer, Meg the surfer, Kayla the angler (fly fishing!), Jess the artist.

So, whether you’re a seasoned overlander, a die-hard surfer, or simply an adventurer at heart, set your sights on the rugged landscapes, breathtaking coastlines, and the warm embrace of Baja culture. Your social awaits to be shared—