From Josiah Roe's photos of Baja
On November 5, Andrew Muse said he was just sucker-punched in the chin by a fellow American in Baja, California. “At that point, [my cameraman] Liam and I brought him to the ground where not a single kick, punch, or otherwise physical harmful action was taken towards him,” Muse posted on Instagram. “Although I wanted to retaliate, I pulled myself away and instead picked up his bike and threw it towards the water.”
Josiah Roe's Facebook photo of Andrew Muse and girlfriend
Muse is an athlete and adventure filmmaker whose converted and lifted Ford F550 truck was spotted at Dog Beach by OB locals earlier this month. Muse, his girlfriend Ashley, and their doggie-Kicker traveled in from Massachusetts and met with Liam, a cameraman, before crossing into Baja. They’re currently documenting their trip and posting videos on their Tiny Home Adventure YouTube channel, which has about 26,900 subscribers, and uploading photos onto Muse’s Instagram account with about 108,000 followers.
“I don’t feel comfortable sharing all these details of our trip for the article,” Muse told the Reader via email.
Josiah Roe, a fellow-filmmaker from San Francisco, knows both Muse and the alleged sucker puncher from “New Jersey.”
“I totally believe Andrew; Andrew isn’t a bullshitter like that,” Roe told the Reader on November 23. “And I can see that [sucker puncher] dude being a dick like that. I never had any issues with him, but he also fits that burnout old school surfer vibe.”
The route from San Diego to Santa Rosalillita
(Other ex-pats online corroborated with Roe’s assessment, although not naming the Jersey man.)
Roe sent videos of his Granite and Light production company. One was of him and his friends van living and caravanning down the Baja peninsula in four vans before Christmas last year. He re-shared Muse’s original post onto Facebook, with a photo of Muse and Ashley captioned: “Dude living near Alejandro’s attacked a couple of kids surfing.”
From Roe's Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas footage
[Alejandro’s is in the] Seven Sisters area, by The Wall,” Roe said to me.
Alejandro’s is a surf spot about 400 miles south of the Tijuana and San Diego border. According to surf websites,, the right point break surfer and kiteboarder destination, a few miles north of Santa Rosalillita, has 5-7 foot waves on its better days.
More from Roe's trip
“[But] there were no waves …. the wind was blowing hard,” Muse recounted on his IG before explaining the sequences leading into the altercation.
“I saw [the] man barreling down on his bike towards me yelling, 'you can’t do that here …. Get the F outta here.' Apparently, we were not allowed to be filming, according to him.”
“[Jersey dude is] just an ex-pat who had some relationship with the landowner and got to post up there,” Roe continued.
“So is it like a locals-only vibe?” I asked Roe.
“Yeah, except he’s not a local, really.”
Muse continued: “[Then] Liam ran over and told me he just ran over his brand new camera. I sprinted toward the man as fast as I could. Eventually, I got my hands on him and threw him to the ground hard.”
Shortly after, the Jersey man allegedly sucker-punched Muse, picked up his bike, and took off.
“The tensions are higher than the surf these days,” commented John, an American living in Tijuana. “[Muse] should never have brought out a cam[era]. The fact we all know their vehicles, too, is asking for it. Respect secret spots …. [and] enjoy the surf with no recording. Our minds are adequate to hold the memories.”
Roe disagrees; by happenstance, before we communicated, he uploaded a YouTube video that he directed and produced, titled “Baja Like Nowhere Else,” which is the cinematography and drone footage of his 1200 mile trek from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas recently.
“[Muse] is not an influencer in that cheesedick way. He has a super kind heart, and it made me angry that dude attacked him.”