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Driving to the spot is quite difficult to describe, so your best bet is to find the surf spot Cibuco as it is close by to Lance's Left, it is a pretty well known spot "Cibuco" I mean(you might have to ask around) in the Vega Baja Public Beach area area past Dorado but before Manati, when heading west from San Juan. Once you drive up to Cibuco keeping heading down the road until it dead ends in front of the local fisherman's dock & ramp (about a half mile). You can drive in and have a look but make sure you park outside. When you drive or walk in head down the sand road to your right till it dead ends on a little point.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name Cibuco River Mouth
Wave qualityWorld Class
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Powerful, Fun, Ledgey
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
Park your car outside and make sure you hide all valuables in your trunk, better yet dont bring anything you really dont need, as this place is a favorite of theives as there is no one around. The gate might be open but it is not advisable to drive in and park your car as the fishermen leave it open sometimes while fishing and then close it when they leave, leaving you locked in for the night. Trust me you won't find anyone to open the iron gate.
How to surf it well: swim toward the river and let the current take you out to the break, it will start to sweep you past, dont panic, just swim calmly toward the wave break and you'll notice the current drops off fast (the more to the right the less current) though too much and you'll be in the impact zone. So you have to balance yourself an be constantly aware of your position. This is a left wave only--go right and you meet your maker, the water is very cloudy but trust me it is only 5 to 6 ft deep in the impact zone heading left, as the wave breaks on a dead flat reef shelf, to the right it is only 2 feet deep. The takeoff is the hardest part as it kinda walls up very fast but if you can make the drop you will get a great tube and the wave always ends in the deep water of the bay (even if you have to go expresso because the wave passed you on the take off).
IMPORTANT INFO*** if it has been raining hard the night before or during the day when you arrive dont go in as the river will be quite swollen, fast moving, and filled with debris. You will run a high risk of being swept out to sea! Or getting hit by logs in the surf! PLus you'll probably get sick from all the run off or hepatitis. :-)
I first spotted this break from a plane as I was arriving in PR sometime around 1989. My friends and I are the only people that have ever surfed this spot as most of the locals dont know about it or are too scared, because fishermen catch alot of 4 and 5 ft reef sharks in the vicinity.
Incredible spot, its a shame the water gets so polluted if the river is swollen from rain, because typically rain is associated with cold fronts. Breaks often as long as the swell is solid 5 ft and I have never seen it close out--biggest I surfed it 10 ft circular tubes (very scary). Needs big swell to work well as swell energy gets cut in half by shallow reef further outside and river current also cuts the energy down.
By Jomar , 12-06-2007
It's not sarapa - It's not sarapa, I was there that 10ft day Lance mentioned and you could easily fit a schoolbus inside that barrel. It's a strange and freaky wave that seems to pop out of nowhere and doesn't look like much until it starts rolling over the shallow end of the reef. On a big day it's quite an adrenalin rush.
By anonymous , 18-11-2005
negativo - yo soy local de SRP y de Cibucoy honestamente no lo eh corrido pues casi siempre el rio esta metido y detras de este spot en los bajos hay una piedra y al lado sale una derecha que se llama la piramide
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