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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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Chil e es la leche ! - Hola tios, I've been to Chile a few times and always get waves. The north is like here (Lanzarote) with HEAVY lava reef tubes and the south is like Portugal but much better.Good food, good people, cheap, safe and relaxed, que mas da ?If you don't check it out you'll loose out. Really.
cold, contamination - Chile may inspire ideas of isolated, pristine wilderness. However the reality is eye opening. While untouched paradises may exist in the interior, most of the beaches that I visited La serena south were EXTREMELY contaminated. With an unregulated forestry and pulp industry, as well as numerous mining and God knows what other industries conducting their operations unchecked, the beach and ocean is the only "logical" dumping site.Be forewarned that as well as bringing your 4/3 or thicker wetsuit you might want to include a full body condom for those "thick" days that everybody keeps claiming as well as thorough hepatitis a,b,c, and maybe even d vaccinations.Countries to the north may be a better call!
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Northern Chile- Power Central! - The Northern Chilean cities of Iquique and Arica are home to the heaviest waves in S. America. Bone and board crushing reef breaks that do a good west Oz impersonation.El Gringo(Chilean Pipe) and El buey (big wave left) in Arica. In Iquique you have Punta Dos(Chilean Box) Intendencia(sucking lefthand hell wave) El Colegio(Chilean Haleiwa).If you go REMEMBER:Bring lots of boards 6'2-7'4" 3/2 fullsuit and booties for the feef/urchins..some guys wear helmets. Good ding repair kit a must!Bring equipment to sell to the locals; Suits, leashes, boards, ect..take care of the locals and they will take care of you.Bring a good attitude!! Treat local boys with RESPECT!! Have fun and get pitted of your arse!!!
Chile rocks - Go to Pichulemu, perfect left hand point J bay style, spent two weeks there in June, never dropped below head high, water not too cold (warmer than Bells Beach in winter), couple of double and triple overhead days, mostly surfed alone, living off maybe twelve dollars US a day comfortably. Fuck yeah!!!
Chile rocks - Go to Pichulemu, perfect left hand point J bay style, spent two weeks there in June, never dropped below head high, water not too cols (warmer than Bells Beach in winter), couple of double and triple overhead days, mostly surfed alone, living off maybe $12 US a day comfortably. Fuck yeah!!!
When Where and How? - When is the best time for surf in Chile? Which towns are the best? Also how about the transportation to and from the surf?
Iquique!!! - Iquique is the shitt!!! Shack heaven!!!Go and get pitted and stay at Las Rocas surf camp. Vivar and Libertad. In front of El Colegio.
OVERRATED!!! - Beautiful Country. I Lived in Chile for almost a year. Tried to surf everyday. Travelled from north to south. Not as high quality surf as everybody raves. Lots of pissed off locals. 1000's of body boarders! Really cold water (Think Oregon in the spring!). Guard your shit as this is most definitely a third world country. Many spots have difficult access and local surfers and fishermen aren't exactly welcoming to the visitor with open arms. Practice your Spanish as few people speak english and the Spanish that they do speak is very different than what is taught in school, cachai? Honestly, Peru or Ecuador may be a better call!
Where to Go ? - Hi Richard,This Christophe from Angola.We had very nice waves at Cabo Ledo last week-end. A strong 2.5 meters on Saturday and hollow 1.5 meter on sunday !I will be leaving Angola on October and will to south America or in Argentina or in Chile.Can you guys tell me what is the best for surfing, skiing and living ? What are the waves like in the 2 countries ? What is the water's temperature ? Is it possible to go and surf every day from Santiago ?Waiting for your opinion and advise.See you.
Chile - Chile rocks, fact. Find you own perfect left point in the south of get barrelled off you nut in Iquique. Check out La Serena too. SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH surf.
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