The King of Pavones

satellite_mapThe 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.


5 thoughts on “The King of Pavones

  1. I used to know Dan. I was the skipper of “Serena” in the 60’s. Dan was in Newport. Can someone tell me how to contact him?
    Thank you, Walt Pikula

      • Dear Walt, I just found this message from Dan to ‎Mary-Ann Sheridan‎ back in Aug. 2013
        “I have been living in Mexico for the past 30 months I have been taking care of legal issues for the past few years the thieves will be going to jail soon. good to hear from you, my email is still the same dan.” I remember now he lives on his ranch in Cabo San Lucas.

      • Hello,thanks so much for the message(s). Will try that email,
        Who are you, by the way? Just got a phone call from someone who gave us a phone number that may be Dan’s son’s number. Will let you know if we get anywhere. Thanks again, Walt

  2. how come the documentary is no longer on line? i watched it once and it blew my mind, wanted to shared it here in Costa Rica to let some of my friends how it all started

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