太平洋 Surfing

About 太平洋

The Pacific shores of Colombia have remained an obscure surf destination largely because of the dangerous security situation. Intense guerrilla activity, high street-crime statistics, and a heavy drug trade have served to keep Colombia off the radar for most surfers. Beyond these discouraging factors, most of the breaks are difficult to access. Pacific Colombia is one of the wettest shores in the world, receiving 5m (200in) of rain per year, meaning much of Choco Province has no roads. Getting there entails flying in, and getting around requires navigating the myriad of waterways. The Nuqui area receives long-distance swell from all over the Pacific, the direction of which dictates the best break on the day. Most visitors fly into Bogotá and Medellin, then take a small plane to Nuqui. There are breaks within walking distance from El Cantil Ecolodge, generally regarded as the best base for a surf mission. The beaches local to the lodge are average, however, and the best way of accessing many of the better waves in the region is by powerboat. To make it economical, a group of four is ideal to hire a boat and explore.

Pros

  • N & S groundswells

  • Variety of good lefts & rights

  • Amazing jungle waterways

  • Good services at El Cantil

  • Cheap, colourful, exotic Colombia

Cons

  • Boat access only

  • Rarely bigger than 6ft

  • Extremely wet

  • Air access no longboards

  • FARC kidnapping factor

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