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We started this article a few years back after I paid over $700 on a trip to INDO with 2 surfboards—I wrote this article to F#$K those airlines that took my hard earned cash and also to help you not get bent over like me.
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The 'Wet Season' is great for beginners/intermediates, being from the UK I don't get to surf anything decent for more than 4 weeks per year, so any practice is good practice.
This season spans technically from November-Feb/March although the best time to go is January-March, as the rain has stopped (for the most part) and the swells are very consistently 3-6ft.
The 'Dry Season' which runs from May-September is the 'real deal' when it comes to Bali. From July-September there are consistently 4-7ft swells rolling in week after week. The 'Dry Season' which runs from May-September is the 'real deal' when it comes to Bali. From July-September there are consistently 4-7ft swells rolling in week after week.
Driving though those dirt road towns that felt like the wild west, I would always be transported to a mythical time—at the very least I would be able to surf some sick waves without tons of OC kooks in the line-up (no offense to you if you live in the OC, that's where I grew up).
Here is the deal, Northern Baja gets all those step angled swells that just race right by us in Ventura—but down in Baja this creates an entirely different kind of magic. Look at this chart of a 305 degree swell, Baja is getting lit up like a Christmas tree.
Planning a vacation to Santiago, Chile, Neruda's birth place is, is a must see. Though you can't surf in Santiago itself (except for at the wave pool), as it is about 2 hours from the coast by car, you can prepare for some excellent waves near the capital and enjoy this fabulous city before launching into the Chilean coastal towns.
It is nothing short of an adventure in Pacific Coast Paradise. There are endless surfing opportunities—with 300 days of waves per year—and plenty of other things to do as well. In this article we'll just talk about a visit to the capital.
Though Santiago itself sits in a valley not far from the sea, it will likely be your jumping off point for any trip into Chile.
Panama is also one of the safest places in the world. In general, you can surf, roam the streets, party, or shop care free, at any time day or night.
Panama also has an excellent communications system so you can easily call your girlfriend, family or business back home at any time without any hassle.
You can even rent a cellular phone for your surf trip, so you can be always in communication.
Easter Island holds a truly extraordinary place in the entire world.
The island has a unique archaeological history. I am sure you have seen you those megalithic statues or what is commonly known as Moai on large constructed stone platforms (also called Ahu). There are 887 of those mysterious statues on Rapi Nui.
Dude, I know you have seen them. it is unknown how or why ancient Polynesians carved more than 25 million pounds of stone to make the Moai.
Located in mainland Mexico at the entrance to the Sea of Cortez, the area is a magnet for south and southwest swells. Ranging from hollow A-frame beach breaks to incredible world class point breaks, surfers of all ability levels will get a thrill of a lifetime—or at lest Mexico-time. The point breaks offer truly remarkable waves that can wrap for more than 500 yards. This wave can be both a hollow and thumpy—offering some barrel time and fast shoulders to race into the inside.
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Cabo is one of the few spots on the planet where you are exposed to two major swell directions within a one hour drive. It's usually not flat in both windows, north and south.
Surf trip require lots of planning and usually a long ass plane trip but sometimes you just want a no hassle easy trip—just get on a plane for a few hours to get away from it all. Yea?
Here is where Cabo fits the ticket, 2 hours after taking off from LAX you can be surfing in warm water, with access to two swell windows, stuff your face with Mexican cuisine and drink cheap beer by the bucket load.
You can also drink good boutique home brewed beer at the new Baja Brewery, nothing like having an IPA after sucking down watery Mexican beer for a few days—this ain't no El Sal trip. It's kinda like the states but in Mex.
Playa Grande has a ton to offer any type of surfer and there’s a ton of wildlife surrounding the entire town. After reading this guide, you should be comfortable enough with the town of Grande that you can find a place to stay, eat, and surf without having to deal with Gringo prices.