Posts Tagged ‘destination’
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Peru has over 1400 miles of coastline, where the surf breaks year round and with all types of wave’s can be found. The points, reefs and beach breaks receive their swells from storms in the South Pacific and also from major storms in the North Pacific. In the summer (our Winter) the surf averages 4 to 10 feet with some days easily reaching 20 feet. In the winter (our Summer) the surf averages 8 to 15 feet with days in the 20-foot plus size very common. Peru has an extremely large swell window and it can receive swells from the South, Southwest, West and Northwest.
Peru is located on the West Coast of South America. Topographically diverse, Peru has many distinct regions from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon River basin. Located 10 degrees south of the equator in the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are reversed. Winter is from May to November and summer is from December to April. The coastline in Peru is extremely arid, air temperatures in the winter range from 60-70 degrees. In the summer, the air temperatures range from 80-90 degrees with bright sunny days.
Peru: a new surfing country in South America
Northern Coast: Talara and Mancora
Tropical beaches and year round sunny weather make the perfect setting for excellent waves. Many point breaks offer fast, hollow tubes; namely: El Hueco, Cabo Blanco, Organos, Mancora and Bayovar. The surf is pumping all year round. But besides surfing this area is also renowned for many other activities, amongst others; Deep Sea fishing for tuna, Marlin or other big game fish and spear diving. This ‘Easy-Going’ region also offers the most superb sea food in the country. A spring wetsuit is recommendable for Talara and just a Lycra for Mancora.
Central Coast: Centinela, Huanchaco, Chicama and Pacasmayo
This Area is a little warmer than Lima Region, nearly all waves are lefts and most of them are very long, this is the case of Chicama ( the longest left on earth and Pacasmayo that seams like buses chasing you in water). This is the area of the Mochica people, ancient Peruvians that dominated this area 3,000 years ago, so we can find many arqueological sites around this area. This People are known to be the first surfers on earth, using their ancestral “Caballitos de Totora” (these are fishing boats made from the totora cane, similar in shape to surfboards). Temperatures here vary between 14ºC to 30 ºC, but the sea water temperature is colder the most of the times, is necessary a full wetsuit (3/2 mm).
Punta Hermosa, just South of Lima is famous for being Peru’s big wave location. This area of headlands, reefs and coves tends to focus the swell energy creating ideal surfing conditions. The largest wave’s in South America can be found at Pico Alto. Wind conditions in Peru are often very light and this in turn creates glassy waves year round. Because most of the surf spots in Peru are reef point breaks, paddling out when it’s big is not a problem. Water temperatures are comfortable. In the summer you can wear just baggies or a spring suit. In the winter either a spring or full suit depending on conditions. Source: SurferToday
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Azores: more surf spots than existing towns
There’s an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean where waves are pumping all year. Still very much uncrowded, the nine Azores Islands extend for more than 600 km of coastline.
Three groups of islands offer great surfing conditions during the year: the Eastern Group (Sao Miguel, Santa Maria and Formigas Islets), the Central Group (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial) and the Western Group (Flores and Corvo).
Perfect waves and amazing food are the great invitation cards of this Portuguese dependency. The Azores Islands are 1,500 km away from the continental capital, Lisbon, and about 3,900 km from North America.
The best surf spots of the Azores Islands – a WQS Prime stop – are located in the Northern region of Sao Miguel. Anjos, Areias, Baixa da Viola, Ponta dos Mosteiros, Populo, Praia Formosa, Rabo de Peixe, Ribeira Grande and Santa Iria are only a few of the diamond waves of this archipelago.
Although some surf spots aren’t easily accessed by car, you can reach them walking for a few minutes. Choose the Central and the Eastern Groups if you only have a couple of days to spend.
Reef and coral breaks, beach breaks and point breaks, the Azores Islands offer a vast selection of waves for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. For more info, discover the local official tourism site, HERE. Source: SurferToday
Friday, April 15th, 2011
Surfing in Magical Sri Lanka
Have you ever imagined how it would be to surf in Sri Lanka? Well, you probably don’t know but Sri Lanka is considered one of the most reliable surf destinations on the planet thanks to consistent Indian Ocean swells. There are waves every year, but the very best months are from October through to April as the monsoon in the island’s northeast generates steady offshore winds to the south, for waves of perfection.
It’s a fun experience both for regular and goofy footers. Weligama and Polhena are the best regions to find waves. With a great variety of boats available you may go in for – fishing, whale and dolphin watching, wakeboarding and snorkelling or sunset trips around the bay.
Prepare for an amazingly fanciful trip, visit all the secret and secluded spots and enjoy empty surfing waves. You may also go in for a boat trip to experience the empty outer reef breaks that are inaccessible by road and foot.
Also, look for Hikkaduwa, is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located 98 km south of the capital Colombo.
Xoxxi can guide you through the bestsurf spots of Sri Lanka. Source: SurferToday
Friday, April 8th, 2011
The sub-continent of India has 7,000 kilometers (4,349 miles) of coastline. The greater portion of that is still unexplored, in terms of locating surf spots. There are waves in India all year round, averaging 3 to 5 feet, but the season for big waves is May through September.
Surfing in India: you never know when you meet a God
The best surf spots in India are:
Shivas: a popular Hindu holy place situated on a small peninsula jetting out into the Arabian Sea at Murdeshwara. This place breaks from one foot to 10 feet depending on the time of year.
Kapu Beach Lighthouse: a great spot that breaks best at low tide with a four feet and bigger swell. The stretch of beach runs for about one kilometer and there are several places where nice shaped peaks with lefts and rights swell up.
Ten Thousand Peaks: one of the most unique surf spots on the west coast of South India at Maravanthe. The beach stretches for about six kilometers creating all sorts of wave possibilities. There is one section of the beach where a two lane highway runs parallel to the ocean within 15 meters of the water’s edge and on the opposite side of the highway is a big fresh water lake.
Cliffs: four consecutive coves, white sand beached, isolated area, cliffs, no sharks, no people, and lots of opportunities — rights, lefts, inside, outside and its all yours.
KanyaKumari: the southern most tip of India. It could well be one of the windiest places on Earth. The swell gets big here but is usually blown out. An occasional offshore wind comes along from time to time and then you get some good waves. If you know any wind surfers then tell them to head to Kanya Kumari and they are sure to get some big windy waves. There is an island just off the tip and on it is a massive statue of the Tamil saint and poet, Tiruvallur. I wonder if he surfed?
Kovalam Beach: best known surf spot in India. Not because it has the best surf but because it has cheap hotels and places to hang out if you are on vacation— and the surf is decent there most of the time. The spot is a beachbreak but when it gets around 7 feet it breaks out toward the lighthouse and begins to work like a point break. Nice lefts at that time. Otherwise inside waves are short hollow lefts and rights — expect to get plenty of sand in your ears.
For the complete list please visit SurferToday.
Monday, April 4th, 2011
Some of the best surfing in Europe lies in Spain, with over 4,000km of coastline from the stunning, mountainous coastline of Cantabria in the North, to the low lying, dry coastline in the south. Surf breaks such as Mundaka, Barbate, Los Locos and Santa Marina are a few that are well known around the world.
Surfing in Spain was first introduced around 1960 when some traveling French surfers went on safari looking for new waves in the Basque Region. Since then, surfing has caught fire with the Spanish people, producing some of Europe’s best surfing talent.
Surfing in Spain: More than just flamenco
Today, Spain holds some of the world’s greatest waves, and the Billabong Pro Mundaka is a major stop on the ASP World Tour circuit. With an adventurous spirit and a little planning, surfing Spain can be an amazing experience, both in and out of the water.
There are waves anywhere. Just like bull fights and tapas. Zarautz, Pantin, Sopelana and Doniños deliver top quality waves all year round.
As with the rest of Europe, the surf season in Spain runs all year round. September to April sees incredibly consistent surf, and warm waves. The best waves are found on the North Atlantic coast. Howver, the Southern Atlantic coast is consistently warm and offers excellent uncrowded surfing conditions in the winter months.
Spain receives a comfortable warm climate during the winter months, and long hot days in the summer. The water temperature in the summer allows you to surf in only a pair of shorts, and even in the middle of winter a 3/2mm wetsuit is fine.
Not only is Spain so rich in the quality of surf, but it is a fascinating country to visit purely for its incredible food, beautiful landscapes and welcoming people. Source: SurferToday