The King of Pavones is the remarkable story of the innovative & entrepreneurial Danny Mack, and how he carved out of the jungle of Costa Rica the world famous surf break of Pavones. Through Dannys own film footage & stills this film chronicles his journey of building his own Shangra-la, The King of Pavones weaves together 8mm and 16mm archival home movies from the late 1970s with current interviews with surf legends like: Rory Russell, Buttons, Mike Hynson, Fast Eddie Rothman and Joey Cabell to create an intimate look into the life of one of surfings earliest mavericks.
Tall tales follow every legendary place and person: Pavones and its banished builder Danny “Mack” Fowlie are no exceptions. This website sifts through sensationalist depictions of Pavones and Dan Fowlie to uncover the remarkable facts about this legendary land and personage. Diverse writers captivated by Pavones in many capacities—whether as surfers, historians, or longtime friends of Fowlie and Costa Rica—have collaborated here to restore historical integrity to Pavones legends by contributing a wealth of articles and images from their respective interests in, understandings of, and respect for Pavones and its principle builder, Daniel Fowlie. Fowlie has granted them privileged access to personal e-mail correspondences, images, interviews, and more. Please enjoy what has become the most accurate source for information about the Pavones frontier and its American pioneer, Daniel “Mack” Fowlie.