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Go to the ex Alacran island, you will find it...This spot is in the south side
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Flopos
Wave qualityWorld Class
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionEast, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionHigh tide only
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Good, big and powerful wave, they call this spot, the chilean Pipe.El Gringo works only in the morning due to the wind in the area. The left is short but very fast and hollow. The right is longer but less fast and not that hollow.The right holds bigger swells than the left.
By Anonymous , 23-08-2008
aftermath - dont worry folks,your predictions did not come out right, the place still uncrowded...it took care of itself...to gnarly,rocky,foggy,cold..regarding the guy that brought up the brazilians issue in his comment,get lost dude....we(brazos) are a couple hours(flight) from the break...we ve been going there for a long time,but no reason to worry, just a few surf there...
By Anonymous , 12-07-2007
- I don't see why people would want to rush to a place that's cold and the wave is super heavy. It's not for everyone and not my idea of fun.
By seasoned surf travler , 28-06-2007
Exposure=crowds - Face it, wether the spot was well known before or wasnt, it definetly wasnt a secret spot for sure, the fact is that is received an incredible amount of exposure this last week. Just look at the dates of the comments post for this spot. There were a little more than a handful of comments from 2005 to April 2007. Then in just 3-4 months, there are more than 3 times the number of posts, all having to do with this contest. It will take a little bit of time for this spot to mature with crowds, it wont happen overnight (though it could if it becomes the wave of choice for the Brazilian traveling surf community - no disrespect, but they travel DEEP with friends). However, days of when you paddled out there with under 5 people are quickly going to come to an end and thats that. And IMO, thats a shame, but who cares what you and I think, you cant undo whats been done and frankly so what. The surf industry and surfing in general has become so comercialized and image driven, you can buy into it from a Pez dispenser. Just be happy that the wave is too much for 99% of you out there, so its no direct loss to you.Peace
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