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First Stop Manta..« on: March 27 2006 18:03:00 »
I'm coming over to Ecuador (arriving Quito) at the end of May and I'll be spending about 3 months in South America, ending up in Buenos Aires.
I'm thinking of starting in Manta for a couple weeks to brush up on my spanish before heading south. (don't worry I wont miss Montanita!!)
I'm at lower intermediate level I guess used to surfing the west of Ireland.
Anyways.. the questions...
1) Will I be able to pick up a board ok in Manta (the airline wants 420 euro EACH WAY to fly one from home)
2) Is manta a good choice or is there somewhere else I should be looking at first? (my reason for choosing it is that there seems to be a pretty good spanish school there).
3) How big a pain in the...will it be lugging a 6'9"ish board around on busses etc.
4) Anything else I should know.
RE: First Stop Manta..« Reply #1 on: May 11 2006 01:05:00 »
Hi forget about Manta, no boards at all chico.
The only possibility is Montanita hombre.
RE: First Stop Manta..« Reply #3 on: May 23 2006 13:05:00 »
North is excellent from December to April
South is good all year
If your plan is May, then head to Playas
is very cheap but not good hotels there
is 1 hour from Guayaquil
traveling on busses is a pain... even if you don´t have a board
about the airline cost, you can sell the board here if it´s new you can make more than 500
forget the spanish school, get a girlfriend
RE: First Stop Manta..« Reply #4 on: May 25 2006 12:05:00 »
go to san mateo, little town in the south of manta, works onely with nothswell, great left point! pass by montanita anyway!
RE: First Stop Manta..« Reply #5 on: May 26 2006 12:05:00 »
Ian, I have the identical plan as you, and while I have no doubt you will have no trouble finding a girflriend to teach you Spanish, if you DON'T I'll probably see you in Manta.
Bring me a board too!
RE: First Stop Manta..« Reply #6 on: June 05 2006 11:06:00 »
Hey all... well not too sure about heading to Manta now, been in quito nearly a week and am heading to montanita later today.
Picked up a bic 6´7 and a nice bag for 65usd in my hostel, not too bad, but might be a bit tricky for me - only surfed mini mals up to now. - anyone want it when i´m done with it?
RE: First Stop Manta..« Reply #7 on: June 06 2006 00:06:00 »
we'll be there a month from now...
RE: First Stop Manta..« Reply #8 on: June 15 2006 11:06:00 »
hey about the board.. I'll be in quito on sunday and i might want to pick up a board while im there, would that be an easy thing to do? let me know about the one you got for 65 dolla !
RE: First Stop Manta..« Reply #9 on: June 16 2006 20:06:00 »
Just got here, there seems to be plenty of boards for sale around the 150usd mark... generally quite nice shortboards.
I´ll take mine for a first drive tomorrow... if its too tuff for me i´ll give you first refusal on its resale.
Its a bit cloudt here right now, and because of this its a bit quiet... not a bad thing some might say...