Liv Stokes On: The 5 Top Surf Spots South Of Lima
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The 2017 Pan American Trial surf event was held this month in Punta Rocas, south of Lima and I was fortunate to to spend ten days there with the Canadian National Surf Team. Punta Rocas is about one-and-a-half hours south of Lima in the Punta Negra district of Peru.
While there, with the help of Gino Bello, of Gino Bello Surf Trips, ([email protected]) I explored the area and came across five breaks that consistently had fun, sizable surf. They are spots you have to add to your itinerary when on surf trips in Peru for sure! Despite the weather not turning on, the waves were great and it was a fantastic cultural surf trip.
Magicseaweed says that Punta Rocas is very consistent and we were lucky to get some favourable conditions for the event. It can hold waves from three to over ten feet and favours and south-west swell with easterly winds and similarly in the area.
Caballeros was located a short walk from our accommodations, the Cafae-Se Punta Hermosa. It is a long and mellow right point break, that is perfect for advanced surfers, as they can sometimes be tricky to paddle into and navigate the rocks. It’s super fun on a small day, but on bigger days can get very hollow and fast. Caballeros is also known as one of the best rights in the area.
Senoritas is a short walk north of Caballeros, and is a lefthand point break. It is known to be hollow, fast and powerful. It, too, is great for advanced surfers. The beach was really pretty, and filled with locals. Most of the locals weren’t surfing the break, so it made for a less crowded surf spot. A short walk up the hill are a few different restaurants, perfect for a post-surf lunch.
Playa Norte is a righthand beach break. It breaks better at low tide. Watch out for the shell covered rocks, as they can be hard to navigate around higher tide. This is a fun wave that is usually less crowded than the more popular La Isla, which is just south of Playa Norte.
My favourite wave of the trip by far was Las Islas. La Isla is a right-hand reef break, that is very long, big, and fast. It is known to break all year. This break is best for experienced surfers, however, there is a small, inside section that would be ideal for beginners when the current is not too strong. There are plenty of restaurants and facilities in the area, and four different breaks all within walking distance: Playa Norte, El Paso, La Isla and Kontiki
Punta Rocas, which is known as one of the most consistent breaks in the area, is a reef break, that provides both rights and lefts. It produces on both small and large days, but be careful on larger waves as the point break can get quite heavy. This is a classic wave that is great for both short boarding and longboarding, and provides room for both turns and noserides.