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RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« on: March 11 2005 13:03:00 »
Funny enough but I think I was out that day at the beach break where there were solid 30 people. It was packed no question. There seems to be a new surf tour company starting every week taking surfers to the same 5 or 6 spots. And the majority of spots in Nicaragua don't handle crowds. The beach breaks typically only have 1 or 2 good peaks and the reef breaks with small take off zones. Costa Rica even with crowds seems to have more space to move and more options. I just hope all the companies start working together and coordinating their daily surfs. Or finding some new spots. If not I can't see you getting too much repeat business. Why pay big bucks to surf spots by boat when there are already 4 anchored when you pull up.
RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« Reply #1 on: March 13 2005 03:03:00 »
Southern Nicaragua doesn’t have an abundance of exceptional quality waves or any classic pointbreaks, but we thought we’d finally found a place where the surf crowd would develop more slowly because of difficult access to most spots. I’m sure that there are some very nice people in all those pangas buzzing around, but a 4-wave set every 5 minutes, with 24 people in the water, means we’ll each be lucky to get 2 waves in an hour. The waves here just aren’t that good, and so this situation is frustrating.
RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« Reply #2 on: March 13 2005 03:03:00 »
I admire people who travel until they find their own surf-paradise, and then move to that far corner of the world and integrate in to the local culture by providing a service or business that’s beneficial. But as crowded as surfing has become, I don’t understand those who move to their perfect surfspot and then resort to eaking out a living by attracting other surfers because they have no other means of supporting themselves. Even more confounding to me, are those who move to their paradise with the intention setting up a business to attract other surfers. It’s sort of like taking a dump in your own backyard.
RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« Reply #3 on: March 16 2005 04:03:00 »
well said above. i have seen lots of places slowly ruined by increasing tours and surfers trying to make a quick buck. i used to come here before all the tours started. i got better waves and less crowds now. theres still secret spots everywhere.
RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« Reply #4 on: March 23 2005 21:03:00 »
It bums me out to hear all these reports about Nicaragua being overrun. A few years ago I worked at an orphanage in Nicaragua, and I used to take the public bus, hitchhike, and walk to get to unreal surf, and a lot of times I surfed it all alone. I've surfed a ton in Costa Rica and El Salvador, but those empty, rustic Nicaraguan beaches are still my favorite. I used to laugh when people would spend thousands of dollars to be shuttled around NIcaragua, such a cheap place to travel with such cool people. Maybe it's not funny anymore.
RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« Reply #5 on: March 25 2005 22:03:00 »
I think as things grow things will spread out more. We (NSI) have been ventureing more north as of late and trying to spread out a bit...keeping it interesting. And if Nica is crowded right now I'll take it over anything currently that convenient.
RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« Reply #6 on: March 31 2005 21:03:00 »
Ah, there it is... the post that labels the "whiners" and offers the "like it or leave" solution when ever the topic of crowded surf comes up. I think that this string of responses had remained surprisingly civilized until now, with people sharing recent and past experiences, along with observations. But as you promoted above "C.E", you are a surf tour operator in Nicaragua, and so it's fairly transparent the attempt to deflect any perceived criticism on to others. Your negative comment may have back-fired on your surf business though, because the image portrayed now is one of a negative, defensive crew and it doesn’t make a person want to rush out and spend money to surf among them.
RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« Reply #7 on: April 03 2005 18:04:00 »
nitas hit the nail on the head. would "ce" would be colin eberly, one of the johnny come lately tour operators out of sjds? funny how all the positive feedback about the crowds came from someone making money off the industry. hey, thats cool with me. but for crying out loud spread out and stop making rio colorado and ponga drops look like a shipyard. like i said, you are only increasing my property value as you bring in boatloads of surfers. just don't lie to those interested in surfing by telling them they will be "surfing all alone with offshore winds all day long". the original question was about crowds and i think the unbiased answer is yes, there are crowds. if you want to surf alone do what i already said, avoid sjds/salinas/popoyo and head north.
nicaragua anyone« Reply #8 on: April 09 2005 12:04:00 »
hello hello, i will be in Nicaragua surfing and trying to learn a little espanol allof July, maybe in June too. I will be travelling around central america, a little in guatemala and el salvador. not a lot of definite plans. i'm sort of on my own so would love to meet up with some fun folks. anybody going to be doing much travling down there those months? thanks, elizabeth
RE: crowds in nicaragua????????????« Reply #9 on: April 16 2005 21:04:00 »
Hi, Elizabeth. I am planning to go to Nica in July. I have some campesino friends in Las flores, then I am getting a trcuk and camping/surfing for a couple weeks. all my buddies are married and boring these days so I am going it alone.
email me if you wann split some gas and truck rental.