In the ’70s, Mexican President Luis Echeverría spearheaded the building of pangas throughout the country. World Bank financed the project, and Yamaha partnered with Mexican builders to produce the boats, to fit them with engines, and to make a bundle of dough in the process. Still kicking today, nothing says roosters, jacks, bones, poons, permit, and frosty cervezas like a crusty, hard-working panga.


“Tough, accessible, and full of character, the panga harkens thoughts of drifting endless turquoise flats, exotic beers, and plenty of good times.” Filmmaker RC Cone and Howler Ambassadors Patrick Duke and Kameron Brown HEED THE CALL.

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Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.

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