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May travel and Left Points« on: March 18 2005 15:03:00 »
I'm greatly considering a trip from May 19- 31st down to Peru. I'm aware the condintions are changing from Summer to Rainy season. Am I likely to hit this?? (its posted that the rains start mostly in june and on) What conditions am I looking at for weather and beach breaks?
Also... I'm looking for Long Left point breaks. A movie called LUNAR ROAD had Peru in it with long lefts and i want to find some that would be around the head high range and not to extreme... any info would be greatly appreciated!!!!!! Thank you
RE: May travel and Left Points« Reply #1 on: March 20 2005 10:03:00 »
In north Peru I surfed Chicama, (long left but needs a big swell to work), Keys (the same), Puamape (long left in soft bay picks up much more swell-about twice the size of chicama, but need to surf near dawn as wind wrecks it), Pacasmayo (heavier wave, long left swell magnet). I posted many of these on this site-check them out. Best I got was a wave over 1km long at Chicama about 5 feet. There are other left waves around Chicalayo also. May is a good time for swell in north Peru. There are also left waves further north around Piura and Mancora long lefts, but I dont know whether they work at this time of year. Honestly there are long long lefts all up the coast of northern Peru, longest waves you will ever surf, some with noone out. I got Keys, Chicama, Puamape all to myself on ocassions.
RE: May travel and Left Points« Reply #2 on: March 20 2005 20:03:00 »
I am also considering a trip to Peru in late May this year. I am trying to decide if its a good trip to bring the girlfriend on. I have definately read some horror stories of crime and stuff... I havent been able to find much info on nice places to stay with the GF and all... We definately want to hit Machu Pichu... Im a goofy footer looking for long lefts as well. As far as i can tell - take yur 3/2 and a set of booties.
RE: May travel and Left Points« Reply #3 on: March 21 2005 13:03:00 »
I'm going to Peru in May. Never been there before, but as a goofy it has been a dream of a lifetime to ride Chicama.
It'll be a solo trip w/ just a pair of shortboards, a 3/2 and my boots. I really hope it to be safe enough to take the trip to Pto. Malabrigo and stay there for a few days, and ridding whatever is rideable in there.
Hope it pays off...
RE: May travel and Left Points« Reply #4 on: March 22 2005 14:03:00 »
Well start in Lima and head out to the coast of Punta Hermosa area. Theirs a whole lot of surf in this region. The weather is gloomy with drizzle and damp. Hang out and wait to you hear of a good swell coming then head out to Chicama for your long left point. Either bring boards are buy boards in Lima. Be sure to price the airlines and remember that you have to pay taxes at the airport as well for your boards. You will get back your taxes when you leave the airport if you show proof of your surfboards. basically price out the whole situation? Travel smart and light.
RE: May travel and Left Points« Reply #5 on: April 08 2005 06:04:00 »
chicama is dangerous, check comments on wannasurf, i was there this is no crowd control bullshit.
RE: May travel and Left Points« Reply #6 on: April 09 2005 14:04:00 »
Nathan your stoked!!!! This time of the year in Peru rocks as far as surf. Ya, winter is coming but as far as rain not really much mainly drizzle. The surf can go weeks on end of head-high surf for weeks. Water is not that cold , bring a fullsuit,booties and your fine. As far as boards bring mid-range boards with plenty of volume for paddling. The swells come with alot of water moving kinda like northern california. If your after long lefts head north to Chicama or Pacasmayo? Just keep in mind their needs to be a pretty good swell and down time sucks. Travel smart and light.
RE: May travel and Left Points« Reply #7 on: April 09 2005 20:04:00 »
You'll get waves. Long ones, too. Be prepared to paddle. When the swell is pumping all of the points up north have heavy currents and are not for beginners, or at least surfers who are not in shape. The water is cool and murky and that time of year you won't see the sun when surface conditions are smooth enough to surf.
Don't leave your stuff on the beach, its too tempting. Even if you consider yourself poor you'll be light years richer than the locals.
As with anywhere respect the local surfers.