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Best Surf Spots Of The Mentawai Islands

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Have you ever thought of surfing in the Mentawai Islands? The place is one of the most consistent surf destinations in the entire world. The power of southern Indian Ocean storms is turned by the prevailing SE trades towards these amazing islands and amplified. The result is surf that is remarkably consistent and of unsurpassed quality. During the southern hemisphere winter, (late April to early November) the Indian Ocean is an over-active, groundswell machine. The best wave spots in the Mentawais are:

 

Mentawai Islands: loads of surfing spots

Mentawai Islands: loads of surfing spots

4 Bobs

 

One of the best warm up waves in the islands. It’s a right hander, fantastic fun and also very protected from most wind directions. Normally clean with a potential cover up on takeoff and a nice wall for limbering up and getting ready for the next great one.

 

Kandui Left

 

Kandui Left ranks as one of the fastest left-hand barrels in the world. Most waves are just too fast to paddle into and some of the biggest bombs can only be ridden with a tow-in from well out the back. In a couple of sections the wave backs off just a little and that is where the brave sit. Epic rides reward those willing to take the drop. Punishment is mandatory and it is a long walk back to the keyhole once you get washed inside.

 

Kandui Right (Rifles)

 

Rifles or Kandui Right is all about straight line speed. When the wind goes west and eases off, Rifles starts firing. Dead straight barrels for several hundred meters with clear glassy walls that will leave your head spinning. The take off area is intense and forget about shoulder hopping. The danger here is that someone is already in the barrel and you cant see them when you stroke in so take your medicine and wait your turn out the back. On its day there is probably no wave than generates more speed in the Mentawais yet is still makable and escapable.

 

7 Palm Point

 

A fun left-hander with a decent wall to carve. Most boats pass it by but it can deliver fun sessions.

 

Arik

 

Also known as Arik’s Right. On a big west swell Arik’s produces a spectacular high-speed barrel that barely backs off before it throws out again. The wave starts breaking way out the back with 500m rides possible. Needs a north or north east wind and a bit of tide. The coral here is unlike any in the Mentawai with deeply divided living reef that lurks very close to the base of the wave. Get over that and hold your line and make sure the camera is ready – images unlike anything else in the Mentawais.

 

Bank Vaults

 

One of the bigger and dangerous right hander. Good for photographs and video. Bodyboarders enjoy this wave.

 

Beng Bengs

 

Beng Bengs Left is an extremely good left that cranks on a mid size or bigger west swell. A 10 minute boat ride from Eco Bay Lodge. When E-Bay is out of control, Beng Bengs can hold the size. When E-Bay is a bit small or the tide too low, Beng Bengs pumps out mellow speedwalls and the occasional cover-up. A walk along the perfect white sand beach is well worth the effort.

 

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The Infinite Surf Spots Of Australia

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Australia has a solid reputation as a fabulous holiday destination for surf addicts, and its biggest city – Sydney – is certainly no exception to the trend. There are thousands of incredible surf spots in Australia. Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and West Australia and Tasmania have several different types of places: reef, point and beach breaks. Surfing in the Northern Territory will not be a good option.

 

Manly beach is one of the best loved of Sydney’s northern beaches and just so happens to be an excellent surfing spot. Many of the old tourist pamphlets liked to pitch it as being ‘Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care’, and the old-school slogan doesn’t stray far from the truth. There are many surf schools in the area as this patch is excellent for beginners.

Australia: The land of waves

Australia: The land of waves

 

For the experienced surfer, however, the real surf action is to be found at North Narrabeen. This spot is famous for its breathtaking beach breaks and this is where the cream of the local surfer crowd is to be found in Sydney. Beginners should check it out too. This is a great place to get tips from the pros and to marvel at the masters in action.

 

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a complete stranger to the sport, it’s often helpful to take advice from those who are most used to the conditions of the area you are visiting. Sydney Surf is a great surf instruction company, offering one off lessons as well as full weekend or week-long courses designed to match your needs according to your ability and your level of experience. Other useful local ports of call include Bondi Surf School and Manly Surf school.

 

Whenever getting involved in any type of water sport it is essential to be aware of the weather and wave conditions on the day. Where possible, check online prior to departure and if upon arrival you find that you are still in doubt, consult an expert. Source: SurferToday

Discovering The Best Waves Of Peru

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

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).

 

Lima Region

 

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

Enjoying The Swell Of The Azores

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Azores: more surf spots than existing towns

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

The Hidden Waves Of Exotic Sri Lanka

Friday, April 15th, 2011
Surfing in Magical Sri Lanka

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

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