As the curtain draws on the Myers brothers' epic adventure across Central America we check in with them one last time.
I loved it when Yvon Chouinard said in the Patagonia film 180° " it's not an adventure until something goes wrong". At the border of Guatemala and El Salvador- things went a little pear shaped for Victor......
1) Victor, since your last update your Brother Dan has left back home. What was the reason he left and how do you feel about the time you guys spent together? Dan had to go back to the states for some work obligations. We were on the trip together for a month. I extended the trip because I didn't feel like it was long enough. I needed more water time. The best time of the year for the bikes is also the driest time of the year for the rivers so I've had to look harder than I thought for good paddling runs. When we were all together we got really shut out on the surf so I decided that's what our trip needed more of. I feel great about the trip. It was cool traveling with my brother, Skyler and Pete. We are all really on different pages but got along well and had a blast. I do wish Dan could have been here for the rest of the trip. It seems like I just got warmed up when he left.
2) Last time we spoke you were heading for El Salvador. What did you find over there? Funny thing we got booted from El Salvador. Spent an entire day stuck in between El Salvador and Guatemala. Salvador wouldn't let me in because of the paperwork on one of the bikes. I tried to cross at a commercial border and they wouldn't take a bribe. Guatemala's system went down and they wouldn't let me back into the country. It was brutal. After hours of waiting I just started doing some yoga and a workout right there at customs. The security guard was getting jumpy when I started jumping rope. It ended up working out well. Drove some insane gravel road out of there to get to the coast and found some spots no one ever goes to.
3) For an SUP traveler what does Central America offer for paddling? Tons of great rivers, scenic lakes, awesome surf, friendly people, laid back atmosphere and its relatively inexpensive.
4) The pic on the boat with the boards and bike- where were you heading then?
Pacific coast of Guatemala, where I am now. No road to where I was headed so I had to ferry the bike. I have been driving the coast looking for surf. I surfed with other people for the first time since this trip started today. Its mostly steep closeout beach breaks but I have found some really good spots. The shot without the bike I'm heading to a river mouth that had a lagoon behind it. Had to park the bike in the village and hope for the best with the gear I left behind. Surf was actually pretty good. A little blown in but worth the effort. My stuff was still there when I came back.
5) You have 1 week left on your trip before you are back to everyday life, What has been the most memorable parts? My everyday life is guiding/managing a resort on a 13 acre island in Belize, www.slickrock.com. I'm recharged and ready for work. Really hard to say. I think the best part of the trip was just hanging with my brother and friends. We saw some amazing places and paddled some great spots. The stories we are telling on and off camera make the trip.
6) For some-one that might be looking to take on a trip like you have, from your experience would you have any advice for them? Be flexible. Plan your gear and budget but don't get lost in itineraries. The coolest things that happen tend to be at total random.
7) What has been your travel philosophy on this trip? Don't really have one. Go with the flow. Rawdawg.
On Behalf of all the crew at C4 Waterman we would like to wish Dan, Vic, Skyler and Pete all the best, and a big MAHALO to them for allowing us to be a part of their adventure and putting our products through more real-life testing and enjoyment. More to come on their documentary film from the trip.