Surf Border
with Diego Palacios
Date & Time
August 12, 2017, 10:30am–5:00pm
Playas de Tijuana and Border Field State Park

Come join us on Saturday, August 12th from 10:30am to 5:00pm at Border Field State Park and/or Playas Tijuana to surf at the US-Mexican border!

Diego Palacios, visual artist and surfer, invites you to partake in a surf day at the US-Mexico border in an effort to create a space for cross-border connection and to provide a unique vantage point for participants to view the absurdity of the border structure. Machine will be trans-border with two basecamps from which you can launch off.

Catch a wave and ride out to international waters. For all those beach-leeches out there, we’ll be providing a few surfboards for use throughout the day.

In the spirit of surf tradition known as a paddle-out, at Noon we will join in the water for a paddle-out moment of silence in memory of immigrants who have lost their lives crossing borders.

If you are interested in participating further, let us know! Email us at machine@machineproject.com

We’ll be providing light refreshments, but we highly encourage you to bring snacks or a picnic!


Machine will have a basecamp at Border Field State Park; 1500 Monument Rd, San Diego, CA 92154. Parking is walking distance from the beach and is $5 for the day, 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Machine will also have a basecamp at Playas Tijuana. Beach-side parking is limited, so we recommend you go to Parking Playas; Av Del Pacifico 690, Playas, Monumental, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico.

Border crossing is not allowed along the water, if you plan on crossing the border please do so only through official border checkpoints. You can check this app Bordify for traffic conditions and estimated wait time.

If traveling by train from Union Station take Pacific Surfliner (Amtrak) to San Diego, transfer to the UC San Diego Blue Line to San Ysidro.