I spent most of my youth skateboarding, surfing, and rock climbing in the various places I grew up in. As I grew older I started to wander further and further; until one day I was just jumping on a train and heading across the country. This probably is not normal behavior for a fourteen or fifteen year old kid; but you would have to understand where I was coming from. This tales starts and stops, jumps and falls all over the place. All I ask is that you let me know what you really think about it.

Different memories bring back different feelings; but the amazing thing is that time is not a distance understood by those feelings. I don’t remember ever enjoying, standing in the rain; as much as I did there on the black sand beach of Pasqualies, Mexico many years ago. 

I believe it was early August and we arrived late in the evening; via a chicken truck. It had been a long day and I thought that quickly finding a free ride out of the Colima market was a blessing from God. Looking back now I have to laugh because it was one hell of a ride. You see a major hurricane had just wiped out the road into Pasqualies a few days before. It looked as if the jungle had swallowed the road and threw up all of the parts that it diden’t care for.  When I say road…….. please don’t for a second imagine what we have here in the more civilized part of the world. The “road” to the village of Pasqualies was nothing more than two brown dirt ruts through the jungle on its best day. It was still a very important passageway though, because a jungle doesen’t care about mans need to travel and demands constant clearing of fallen trees or masses of coconuts that have rolled into one rut or the other.  I have even seen wild animals block a jungle road for over an hour before. 

When we arrived in the village it was raining, as it had been for days. The mosquito’s were out in full force and darkness was settling in. My first glimpse of the surf put a chill through my body; and the sound of the waves breaking made me think of a plane crashing on the sandbar. As with every place in Mexico that we had been through, we were greeted like superstars. The first person to walk up and speak to us was a young teenage boy named Donkey. He instantly labeled my friend Chris as “Kelly Slater” due to the fact that Chris had a closely shaved head that bore the resemblance to magazine pictures of the 9x world champion surfer.

Donkey was an orphan that just happened to find a creative way to survive there as the local tour guide and travel agent. He led us around the village, while giving a very impressive tour of each hut or structure on the beach in his broken English. He did not seem to care that it was quickly turning dark and that we were all still standing in the rain.

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  • XXElleXX on Jul 4, 2010

    So far so good .. I’ll keep an eye out for Part 2 .. and don’t worry Eric .. I’ll be honest with ya :-)

  • Jimmy Shilaho on Jul 4, 2010

    You seem to have had a very eventful youth, thanks for sharing.

  • Aiswarya T Anish on Jul 4, 2010

    WOW. You write realllly well!!!

  • mo hoyal on Jul 4, 2010

    Yes, you do write very well and and I am now waiting for part 2 to come around!

  • EricPinola on Jul 5, 2010

    I have over 300 pages sitting on my desktop; been carrying my story around for years. Some I have to keep for the book, but this will be stuff that I have edited out.

    Glad you have enjoyed it.

    Thank you for the comments.

  • aman259 on Jul 5, 2010

    This is good info and a good reminder

  • RSyed on Jul 5, 2010

    cool story man! Finalize your book, go for it and dont look back!!

  • EricPinola on Jul 7, 2010

    Thank you for the comments; I am almost finished with editing part 2.

    Where is the best place to publish a book online? Is there an advantage to doing it online vs offline?

    Where is the most money made?


  • HankonGreenbrook on Aug 21, 2010

    Hey, Eric! This is a good story. I am eager to see the next installment!


  • EricPinola on Aug 23, 2010

    Thanks Hank, I have many, but getting time to upload is the hard part. I’ll eat the frog!

    Eric Pinola

  • Jamie on Sep 1, 2010

    Pasqualies Oh Yeah! Some of the best surf in the world! Look forward to chapter 2.

  • Jamie Myles on Sep 1, 2010

    Pasqualies Oh Yeah! Some of the best surf in the world! Look forward to chapter 2.

  • Judy Sheldon on Nov 14, 2010

    Eric, Lulu and Amazon are two places I know that publish books. This is very interesting and I would love to see more. You also may want to think about blogging and adding adsense to your blog. You may develop readership. There are themes you can post your link at.

  • EricPinola on Nov 17, 2010

    I’m going to look into LuLu; thank you. I will sit down and post the next installment after Thanksgiving passes. Been very busy building a new company and homeschooling my children.

    Thank you for the comments!


  • Khaotic Rambler on May 16, 2011

    There’s a lot to your life that I never got to hear. I remember you mentioning something about catching malaria for a few days, a medicine man, etc.(those days of Carlos Castaneda). Maybe I was just imagining it. Don’t worry about telling me about it if what I remember happened. Save it for your book. It’s refreshing, reading something my little/big brother has written. A big part of your life I missed out on. Thank-you for sharing. I thought I was the only writer in the family. It was an awesome read. Keep it up- I’ll buy the first copy!

  • EricPinola on May 16, 2011

    Thank you Richard. It’s crazy because I have some 300+ pages of stories that I have written / typed out; but I never make the time to edit and post them. I have received great hits and adsense rev. off this “chapter”. Now it’s your turn to start posting some of your writings.


    write, post
    write, post
    write and post 1-2x + a day

    read and comment to their writings and they will do the same for you.


    thank each person for their comment like this and you will get more hits.




  • Karen Gross on May 16, 2011

    This chapter was pretty good. It made me look forward to reading part 2.

    A friend of mine wrote a great book, but she has spent about 10 years trying to get it published. She may eventually make a lot more money for her writing than I could ever earn by writing online articles, but at least the pennies roll in on a fairly regular basis.

  • Muhammad Fajar Marthias on Jun 15, 2011

    i liked it,thanks

  • Khaotic Rambler on Jun 18, 2011

    hey eric, just a suggestion. if you choose to make a blog with Diary of a Dirtbag (there’s tons of those out there) and publish it, one name idea: “Diary of A Nature Boy”. You might recognize the name Nature Boy from our days in Florida as teenagers (Primus). Just a thought. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

  • MsSarah on Aug 11, 2011

    I’m interested in part 2 , when it will be

  • JaiRudolf on Aug 24, 2011

    good info, thx

  • Eric Pinola on Sep 1, 2011

    I sent a link to Facebook today to see the response, and to make myself accountable to producing part 2 ++++ soon I’ll start uploading more sections.


  • PHILLY DREAMER on Dec 28, 2011

    Very interesting story, I hope I won’t have to wait long for part 2

  • girishpuri on Feb 29, 2012

    very interesting , keep writing

  • Larissa on Feb 15, 2013

    I really like it! You have a wonderful writing style that almost lets ME be there. It’s also very encouraging of all the things we can do. Do you know who Eric Weiner is? He wrote a book called The Geography of Bliss and you might like it. I’ll continue reading so keep going!

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