Four summer surf trips that are as easy to take as aspirin (or a mild sedative).
Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand-new beat? Summer's here, and the time is right–for dancing in the street! Well, maybe not dancing, but summer is the right time for taking a surf trip. While the waves on the East and West Coast of the U.S.A. can be lame during June, July, and August–other places in the world are ripping! The following destinations are a sure bet for summer fun. Get your board bag ready, Freddy–you're going on a trip.[IMAGE 1]
The best tropical right-hand point breaks in the world. Imagine J-Bay and Rincon with 84-degree water and 90-percent consistency during the peak south-swell season from April through October. The crowd factor is minor due to the fact most Americans are still scared to go here–but the political situation is mellow (most people compare it to Mexico as far as sketchiness goes). Punta Mango Surf Trips runs a solid operation, offering visiting surfers the services of airport transfers, hotel, and/or surf-camp accommodations. Local surf guides with 4×4 vehicles provide morning and afternoon surf transfers to the best breaks in the country.[IMAGE 4]
The best quick summertime fix for jonesing Southern California surfers strung out on too much Trestles and Newport. Numerous four-star hotels right on the breaks at Monuments and Zippers make getting barreled in the green 80-degree water as easy as stepping out of your hotel room. And fortunately, the surf season (May through October) is also the “low season” for tourism (due to oppressive summer heat–sometimes 100-degrees-plus), so rooms are cheap–about 50 to 150 U.S. dollars). This area is particularly good during hurricane swells (July through October), which usually move along a west or northwest track out to sea several-hundred miles to the south of the Baja Peninsula and light up the south- and southeast-facing breaks along the Sea of Cortez. Keep an eye on weather maps and you could be scoring tomorrow![IMAGE 3]
Consistent, hollow surf at Playa Hermosa is an easy two-and-a-half-hour drive from the San Jose airport. Peak surf season is May through October. Most of the spots are thumping beachbreaks, but there're a few good reefs and points that can hold eight-to-ten-foot waves. The Cazadores de Olas Surf Camp offers packages starting at 540 dollars per person and includes round-trip airport transfers, five-nights' accommodation, breakfast and dinner, and one surf trip per day with a guide in a 4×4 vehicle to area breaks such as Escondida, Esterillos, and Boca Barranca.[IMAGE 2]
The “End of the Road,” which features the fearsome Teahupo'o, actually has several excellent lesser-known breaks in the immediate vicinity. Te Ava Iti is a fun, workable, semi-hollow right-hander that gets up to six feet. Vairao is a classic, Uluwatu-style left-hander with 200-meter rides breaking into a deep pass that can hold up eight-foot surf. You don't have to be a millionaire to score good waves here. Pension Chayan (five kilometers from Vairao and Teahupo'o) offers an affordable surfer package from LAX that includes round-trip airfare, airport transfers, seven-nights' accommodation, three meals, and two surf transfers per day by speedboat–starting at 1,870 dollars per surfer (based on two surfers).
Packages are available through Wavehunters Travel. For more info, check out wavehunters.com, or call toll-free 1-888-899-8823. Tell them TransWorld SURF sent you.