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Surfing Peru / Peru Surf
From the tropical beaches on the Pacific North Coast of Peru to the cool desert beaches of Southern Peru, surfing Peru will deliver some of the best waves of your life.
Famous surf spots in the North of Peru include:
- Super-good Lobitos with hollow and long waves
- Chicama, the longest left in the world
Peru's coastline is pretty much just one point after another, many of which
break good depending on the swell direction and tide.
Hundreds of miles of coastline are pretty much impossible to get to... but there are also innumerable spots with fairly-easy access with a reasonable amount of motivation on the part of the surfer.
Heading south from the Northern Border with Ecuador
About 4 or 5 hours down the coast, there is an "elbow" where the coast bends from facing toward northwest to facing southwest.
Beaches north of the elbow get a northwest swell and so break best in the southern hemisphere summer months of December to May.
These northern beaches and towns have warm-to-hot weather year round. The water is cool. You will want to have a light wetsuit for these beaches.
As you turn the "elbow," the beaches now face predominantly southwest. The water is cool-to-cold and air temperatures can be in the low 60's in the cool months.
The biggest waves are found in these colder waters where the coast faces southwest.
The cold and strong Humboldt current begins near Antarctica and sweeps up the coast of Chile and Peru, where it diminishes near the coast of Ecuador.
Of course, pretty much all of Peru is in the tropics, so air temperatures stay reasonable year around even to the southern boundary with Chile.
Although the smaller stretch of coast north of the "elbow" doesn't get as consistent waves as the rest of Peru, it does get plenty of hot and tubular waves, mostly from December to May.
The waves in the area of the "elbow," like Lobitos, can get waves year around.
For June to November, check out the long lefts and big barrels in all Peru below the "elbow" of land.
Unfortunately, for those of us not born as lefties, there are few rights in Peru!
Surfing Peru - Maps and Wave Reports
Northern Peru from Ecuador Border to the "elbow":
- Cabo Blanco (20 miles south of Los Organos but a long roundabout trip via El Alto, one hour plus) current surf report
- Negritos (20 min. south of Talara, bus or micro) current surf report
Northern Peru Farther South:
Note that we're reporting these spots as we get to know them personally
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Peru - Rules and Etiquette
The rules of surfing are the same here as anywhere else, ie, the biggest guy owns the wave
Nah, just kidding.
Here are the DON'Ts:
- Don't drop in on someone already on the wave.
- Don't take off if there is someone deeper or closer to the
peak than you.
- Yell before you run over someone who is dropping in on you.
- Give the local guys their share of the waves even if you're
- Don't be a jerk, a loudmouth, or a wave hog. There's plenty
of those at your home break, we don't need them here.
- Girls - don't wear revealing bathing suits unless you want
to get hurt.
ON the positive side, there are so many hundreds and hundreds of miles
of coast that have not been really explored in Peru. There are no roads
to most of the coastline.
Those who have been down the coast looking for waves aren't telling
others much...but with a little digging, you can find local folks who will
to out of the way spots over bumpy dirt roads for
very little cash.
You can find some reasonable and friendly people who can take you
you'll find surf or kitesurfing. In Mancora, ask around for Iñigo
Or ask at Walter's Surf Shop on the main drag.
In Huanchaco, check out the surf schools for info.
There are good spots that aren't always breaking. With the right local,
you'll hit the right spots.
Again, I am only reporting what I know first-hand about the spots in N. Peru
near where we
have lived (Los
Surfing Peru - La Vuelta, Los Organos, Typical Summer Day - Air 87 deg. Water 78 deg.
A Few More Words About Los Organos / Punta Veleros / La Vuelta
Lin and I have lived in California, Washington, North Carolina, Hawaii,
Nicaragua, and Ecuador and bar none, Huanchaco is the most consistent
surf spot we have ever seen.
Pros and Cons of Surfing Huanchaco Point (applies to south of the pier).
- Punto Huanchaco is surfable any time of the day, any tide, and nearly every day of the year. Really.
- Rides of over 1/4 mile are not uncommon.
- Waves are generally between 4 to 15 feet.
- Waves come... and keep coming... and keep coming.
- You rarely have to deal with crowds. Only when it is very small.
- Ideal for longboarders. Local two-time world champion longboarder Piccolo Clemente (2013, 2015) lives a few blocks from us and the surf scene here is pretty mellow.
- Waves keep coming, and coming, and coming.
- When it's over 5 feet, it is very hard to paddle out - there is no time between sets since it is all one long set.
- There is a strong current inside the break when it is over 4-5.
- Waves are not top-of-the-line. They rarely tube, are very long but tend to section.
South of the pier is medium to advanced surfing; north of the pier is just right for surf lessons.
How would you like to grow up here? Good waves every day of the year? Any time of the day? You bet!