Surf Penascal

Peru: Punta Hermosa

Beach front accommodation with breaks within walking distance and the possibility of further guided trips.

LowPressure's Stormrider Surf Guide says

Punta Hermosa, Peru, SOUTH AMERICA

Peru has one of the oldest surf cultures in the world with “Totora reed horses” being ridden for up to 3000 years. Surfing in Peru had it’s resurgence and redevelopment a little later than in Hawaii. Peru was host to the World Championships in 1965, and the world was re-awoken to the potential of one of the most ancient of surfing countries. Since then local guys like Felipe Pomar and Piti Block have pushed Peruvian surfing further than it’s been taken in almost every other developing country. The capital, Lima, sits on the shores of the Pacific and has become Peru’s surf city. There are good waves in the districts of both Miraflores and neighbouring Costa Verde, where the world class Herradura left point can go off. However, due to both crowds and pollution most travellers prefer to keep away from the city, and instead head 1hr drive to the north, to the Punta Hermosa area. This is a great area for a surfer to find himself in, as there are ample consistent spots within walking distance of each other. In the Southern Hemisphere winter the waves around Punta Hermosa are typically big mushy rights with a lack of shape that can be ideal for longboarding. While a lot of the headlands favour the rights, there are also hollow lefts, plus a few offshore bomboras that handle serious size and power.

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La Libertad, Peru, SOUTH AMERICA

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.

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Condition descriptions provided by the Operator

The Penascal Surf hotel is located on a very important beach in the Peruvian Surfing World, where there has been taken National and International surfing and bodyboarding contests. It's considered internationally as a top quality wave (the whole year) and has appeared in many surfing magazines editions.

 

Balneario de San Bartolo   

San Bartolo is one of the top Surfing beaches in Lima - Perú.

It's a very important beach in the peruvian surfing world, here has been taken National and International surfing and bodyboarding contests. Considered internationally as a top quality waves (the whole year) and have appeared in many surfing magazines editions.

 

Peñascal

Famous wave, located right of the Surf Hotel, breaking to the right with a 6 - 12 feet average. This wave is considered a classic wave and it's not recommended for beginners.

 

Los Muelles

It's located in front of the Surf Hotel. There are two beautiful reefs in front of the piers that consistantly form waves (2 - 7 feet), breaking left and right. It's recommended with big or small surf conditions, and suitable for beginners.

 

El Huayco

A beautiful secret break. Radical waves are formed peeling left. Specially good for aerials and floaters (4 to 10 feet).

 

Santa Rosa

A beautiful left that brakes only in big surf conditions (over head).

 

Peña Rosa

(Secret Spot) An excellent left wave. Breaking only with North Swell (from Hawaii).

 

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