Halfway though my recent trip to Mexico, I was joined by a new friend, Varena. I’d found her on Couchsurfing. But instead of finding a couch to crash on – because I already had that detail locked down in a major way – I was looking for travel cohorts. Checked the CS bulletin board, and there she was, traveling on her own, headed to Puerto Vallarta during the exact same time period as me. So! I invited her to take a little detour, about an hour north of PRV, to stay in my spare room at “the casita” in the fairytale town of Sayulita. In this mini-sode, Varena and I got a beginner surf lesson from Maui and Marcos at Marea Surf School, at the north end of Sayulita beach.