Chicama Surf Resort
Peru: La Libertad
The best accommodation in front of the world's longest wave. Surf your brains out, get towed back to the lineup and chill in the swimming pool, spa or jacuzzi.
LowPressure Stormrider's Surf Guide says
In this crowded surf world it is almost unbelievable to think that the longest left hand point break on earth is reeling along right now with nobody surfing it. The reasons why nobody bothers with it are not entirely clear. It breaks mainly on sand, is relatively gentle, is very consistent and is surrounded by a bunch of other super long, quality waves. It is also consistently offshore. This utopian wave is Chicama, but amazingly, there’s more to this part of Peru than just Chicamas’ endless walls.
Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide’s website.
Conditions provided by the Operator
Peru, One of the 8 mega-diverse countries in the world, offers the chance to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.
Inheritors of an ancient culture, with hundreds of archaeological sites, Peru was home to Pre-Hispanic cultures, vestiges of which continue alive through present day customs and traditions of their people.
From the coast to the mountains and the lowland rain forest, you can enjoy a unique mixture of culture, history, adventure and nature as well as an unimaginable variety of foods complemented with the hospitality and warmth of its people.
Surfing in Peru
All around the globe a surf hype has exploded, taking Peru with it. And not without reason; in this peruvian waves 2 world champions Felipe del Pomar & Sofía Mulanovich surfed and ripped all their life, and even the 2nd ASP contest ever was held in Peru.
In ancient Peru, "wave riding" was practiced since the beginning of civilization. The Mochica people, members of a northern Peru ancient culture rode waves coming in from fishing in a daily and obliged ritual. To be a fisherman in ancient Peru you had to be a surfer, a reed boat surfer.
Times have changed; people evolved and so did men tools. Old wooden boards in Hawaii or Peruvian reed boats were replaced by modern and lighter surf boards made of synthetic foam and fiber glass, although the ecstasy feeling of riding a wave remains intact in the hearts and souls of those who ride waves today.
A special combination of adventure spirit, courage, commitment and the interminable search of the perfect wave characterize this unique tribe of men and women who travel the world dancing on the crest of the waves. Peru is one of those privileged places on earth where nature's generosity offers innumerable breaks with waves from every size, from every type. From beginners to advanced surfers, children, men, women, there is a wave for everyone in this country where surfing is possible 365 days a year, with lots of surf spots to be discovered and where many, many waves pass unridden, this is the case of Chicama.
The longest Wave on Earth
You can even confirm it with Google Earth. In comparison, Tracks magazine has stated that a wave has been ridden at the "Superbank" on the Gold Coast in Australia for "1.97km". The distance from 'the point' to 'the pier' at Chicama is about 2.2km, which is totally possible to be ridden on a single wave in big swells.
About Chicama surf spot
Chicama is a port and small coastal town in northwestern Peru, located in the La Libertad Region, north of the city of Trujillo. The town and beach are also called Puerto Malabrigo.
Locals have called the waves at Chicama, from the top of the Cape to the pier, "Malpaso", "The Cape", "The Point", and "El Hombre". At other times other names have been given, but these are the names from locals as of 2005."The Point" is considered the best part of the wave and is the most famous, which will break for around 1km up to about 6 feet in size (Hawaiian scale), but to ride longer than this all the way to the pier (about 2.2km) on a single wave needs a swell >6 feet, which the place receives at least once a week.
The section names “El Hombre” provides really good barrels with big swells specially SW from 200° to 225°. For experienced surfers this is the best sections and usually when it is big they stay around that area. The wave is well-shaped, fast and moderately hollow, breaking over soft sand, but not a genuine tube, nor very powerful, unless the swell is very big (i.e. >6 feet). The bigger the waves, generally the better the wave and the main point will hold at least 10 feet Hawaiian scale (i.e. about 20 feet faces).
The wave tends to speed up and slow down alternately, and it is rare to ride a single wave along the length of the point for this reason. There is also a middle section along the point which is rocky, generally hollower, but also fast and difficult to make after about 1000m, but locals claim to have achieved a single ride all the way to the pier, for a distance of about 2.2km, in 10 foot swells.
About the Wave
Chicama is home to the longest left wave on earth, it has 5 different sections. Consistent hollow, fast, and powerful tubular waves up to 1 mile long, with an average of 3 to 6 feet (1 to 2 plus meters) almost all year round. Guests can experience intense and relaxed surfing experiences in Chicama, perfect for both experienced surfers and beginners.
Because it houses the longest left wave on earth, Chicama is renowned around the world. Some famous surfers that have visited us:
- Gabriel Villarán
- Sofía Mulanovich
- Rob Machado
- Clay Marzo
- Owen Wright
- Matt Wilkinson
- Ekolu Kalama
- Everaldo “Pato” Texeira
- Pete Mendia
- Mark Occhilupo
Nearby Surf Spots
According to the legend, 800 years ago Prince Tacaynamo and his court disembarked in Huanchaco in little horses made of totora reeds, to found the first Moche dynasty. The traditional crafts called the “caballitos de totora” (little horses of totora reeds) have been used by fishermen in the north coast of Peru since pre-Columbian times. Since they are still used nowadays, surfers can surf beside them and even enjoy a ride (Intermediate to Advanced).
Regional classic, tubular fast waves from 3 to 8 feet (1 to 2.5 meters) that provide a speedy ride of approximately 300 meters at a time. Poemape is located 40 minutes north of Chicama. It has two sections; the first section is mostly tubular and is surfed entirely opposite and over the reef. The second section breaks in the bay and is easier, as it is not as walled up as the first (Advanced).
Endless left waves that have several sections, some speedy and tubular, and others thick and slow, from 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 meters). It is an impressive and consistent wave, as when it seems to start losing its shape, a new wall forms all over again. This is known as the Pacasmayo Express (Advanced).
The area has an average temperature of 24°C (75° F) with highs of 30° C (86° F), and, lows of 16° C (61° F). The warmer months are November through May, and, the cooler months are July through September. At night, you may need a sweater and a windbreaker. Sunscreen is a must.
Chicama and Pacasmayo, have Off Shore winds that give a perfect shape to the wave.
There are good waves all year round; however, the best months to surf are between March and October. A 2-3 mm suit and booties are always recommended. The waves are lefts and famous for their length, speed and perfection.
Best Time to Come to Chicama for Surfing
Best surfing is from around Easter Week (Semana Santa) in March and through the winter months in the southern hemisphere to about October when great storms in the Roaring Forties direct their wave energy toward Peru, though Northern swells hitting the area during Summer from December to March also provide excellent conditions but are not as consistent as southern swells in winter.