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RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #1 on: February 27 2009 12:02:00 »
Just got back from staying at the breezes yesterday.
There is a very good surf break called el canal about 400 yards west of the resort. it's a left, fast and powerful. if it has any size don't take the right unless you like punishment. it's one of the most consistent spots on the island.
you can take a cab to encuentro from the breezes for 12 bucks. good for a dawn patrol sesh then gets crowded fairly quickly. easy fun rippable right hander.
If you luck into a big swell take the free shuttle into sosua. the shuttle drops you off just a block from the bay where there's a reef break which is a world class wave when it turns on, but it needs a big enough swell to wrap into the bay.
good luck and have fun!
RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #2 on: February 27 2009 16:02:00 »
Forget about surfing at Canal.
For a beginner the only place to go is Playa El Encuentro, lessons available, board rentals, beginner "area" and a fun environment.
Canal is not for beginners, and even intermediates will suffer when it gets a bit bigger.
RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #3 on: February 28 2009 08:02:00 »
kendra is correct about canal being a serious wave. I should have emphasized that. if it's head high or bigger not the place to go if you don't have experience with reef pass surf.
RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #4 on: March 02 2009 13:03:00 »
Just got back from Breezes. My son walked the beach to & from Encentro from Breezes every day to surf. Just hit the beach and go right. About a half hour walk. Or walk to the road and catch a Guagua (Public Transportation that you share with locals) for a buck or two. Or catch a local on a scooter, it's not as scarey as it looks, and they will take you right down to the beach. Surf schools will rent a board for $15US. If you barter well, maybe less. Barter for the cost of lessons too. Advertised rate is $40 US, Lesson & all day board, but we paid $30. They'll be good to you if they know you are coming back & bringing friends!
RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #5 on: March 02 2009 13:03:00 »
(continued) Bring your own Surf shoes and rash guard and rent a board. Surf's Up Surf School has at least one Pro. They are small, but great bunch of guys! Say hi to Jim from Emily & Ethan!
RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #6 on: March 21 2009 10:03:00 »
Just wondering what the type andn quality of the boards are from the surf school by playa el encuentro? I am taking some friends with me that have never surfed and i know it stinks learning on a crap board.
RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #7 on: March 28 2009 19:03:00 »
Don't rent. The equipment is crap. The boards aren't taken care of, the leashes are rotted & guess what...? If the board breaks or the leash breaks, you get to pay for it. Not making this up. Happened to me. Figured I'd save money by not bringing my own boards & gear (airline fees are super-high from USA). Rented at Bobo's. Board had big repair mark across it where it had already broken. Went out @ Encuentro, it shattered on the second wave. Leash snapped, too. Well, the good-guy routine disappeared from the local surf shop guy Bobo: had to pay $ 200.00 usd for the board "to be repaired." Lesson learned: cheap is expensive. The gear is not maintained, the leash strings are rotten from the salt water, the boards are dinged & water-logged & have been repaired many times.
RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #8 on: April 02 2009 09:04:00 »
I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with the board rental. The school we work with has boards in all sizes and shapes. For beginners there are boards which are a little beaten up. This is only for the first lessons....
On request almost any board can be arranged, all these boards are almost new and very well taken care of.
Next time you are here shoot me an email...
RE: Breezes Puerto PLata« Reply #9 on: April 04 2009 17:04:00 »
I rented Boards and took lessons from Chino's; which is the first school you come to at Encuentro9 On the right in the corner). The lessons, instructors, and boards were perfect. They even picked me up and dropped me off every day at Breezes.