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Title: El Salvador
Post by: tde on July 24, 2019, 07:55:06 PM
No surf in FLA for at least the last month so need to find some surf!! Heading down to El Salvador in a couple of weeks to and hope to
catch some of those classic right point breaks! Thoughts or suggestions appreciated🤙!!
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: Wetstuff on July 25, 2019, 07:45:16 AM
It, Nica, Guatemala, etc. sound like great places to surf.  I'd only be concerned about my time out of the water.  Panama has some pretty decent breaks w/o too many serious challenges above the tideline.

But, good luck   ...and make sure we get to see some pics.

Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: eastbound on July 25, 2019, 10:32:15 AM
no probs at all in nica 3 years ago--prolly wouldnt venture there now, given ortega has morphed into just another kleptocrat, and the folks are pissed.......

i have friends who go to el salvador (sunzal, las flores) and have had no probs---but they're japanese---and they drive themselves around etc---they said might not be so wise to be a car load of americans doing that.......

an american friend who went to las flores said they discourage you from going off premises and prefer to go to other breaks by boat---and they have guys with auto weapons at the gate.......
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: eastbound on July 25, 2019, 10:32:24 AM
cant delete an accidental dupe--admin?
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: Wetstuff on July 25, 2019, 02:08:19 PM
C'hit, EB...  I was in CR and the DR a hundred years ago. There were downtown open-air restaurants in San Jose with armed guards. They stood outside the bank (a 'really great' defensive position...) in Cabarete.   Marjie goes to Panama occasionally, armed hang-arounders in some restaurants there also.  I don't feel comfortable around civilians with weapons. 

Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: nalu-sup on July 25, 2019, 02:33:11 PM
tde, I hope you have a great trip, but I will share a cautionary tale of what happened to a friend of mine in Nica a few years back.
He was traveling with his wife and 7 year old son. The wife was driving the family down an out of the way road, when they were stopped by armed men. She pulled the car to a stop, but when the armed men came up to the car and insisted that they all get out, she made the judgement call to hit the gas and try to escape. She immediately took a bullet to the neck, but managed to stay alive long enough to drive the car for about half a mile to save her family, before she died at the wheel.
Sorry for the gory story, but it does put more of a human face on what can happen in that part of the world. If this story can motivate you to remember to stay away from situations like that, you will probably be fine; hence the reason for subjecting everyone to this sad story.
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: Wetstuff on July 26, 2019, 06:23:23 AM
That's a tough one Nalu... that sounds like it could have been on the Westside of Chicago when MLK was shot.  I was working in the Loop and everybody in the N-burbs just 'knew' these people were coming up there! Oddly, they burned the houses they were living in?

Friends here with business in Brazil and Sweden (she-Brit/he-Swede) do this 'la-la-la' ...kinda do-gooder, 'school for rural children', project in Nica. I would expect them to walk up to some 19yr old with 30% face art and sharpened teeth and compliment him on his looks. Some people seem to be able to ignore walking thru a bed of hot coals?!

Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: eastbound on July 26, 2019, 09:07:45 AM
i hear you, wet---armed "security guards" are all over the place---it was the automatic weapons the guard at las flores had that impressed my friends

hey last year my friend's foursome on the la di da course at round hill in jamaica got held up at gunpoint---stripped of everything!! very exclusive place keeps out the riffraff---ha!

i was a dumb fool of a teenager in new york city in the mid 70's when the city was bankrupt and crime was rampant--antennae had to get pretty good at sensing trouble--and they still work----but life can be a lot cheaper in many places, where, antennae or not, shit can go very south

i also hear you that brandishing of guns by civilians can make a person nervous

ive driven all over CR and never felt frightened--always stayed out of san jose, and lucky to have reliable cars, no flats

Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: tde on August 20, 2019, 04:58:17 PM
Leaving EL Salvador tomorrow AM after a GREAT week of surf🤪!!! Surfed both Las Flores and Punta Mango the first 4 days and the Sunzal the last three. Head high ++ everyday. A little apprehensive coming down here but El Salvador turned out to be a WONDERFUL place. (Plus our guide, Alex Novoa was the BEST!!!)
For those interested, this place can be challenging. The breaks can get crowded, its rocky and not for beginners BUT... as you can see from the pics there are plenty of amazing waves to be had🤗... As far Standup Paddlers, other than Alex (The El SAL National Champ) we only saw one other SUPer in the water. Still, everyone in the breaks was friendly and NO negative vibes. Great place, GREAT TRIP... Totally STOKED😄😃👍🤙!!!!
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: tde on August 20, 2019, 05:03:35 PM
A few more pics from El Salvador!!
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: TallDude on August 20, 2019, 05:41:54 PM
You scored! Sweet looking waves. Third world countries all have risks. I've taken them many times by myself, but I would never with my family.
StandingDan did a trip there years ago and posted his pictures here on the Zone. They look like the same break if I remember correctly? He mentioned the biting bugs on the beach sand that kept everyone off the beaches. They reached the breaks by panga.
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: eastbound on August 20, 2019, 06:06:58 PM
nice pics--glad you guys got the goods
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: JEG on August 20, 2019, 07:44:30 PM
sik  :)
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: Wetstuff on August 21, 2019, 06:19:48 AM
Good for you. Driving to work is a risk - you just need to weight their worth to you.  Maybe the Atlantic will wake up soon now that you're primed for thick stuff again.

Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: eastbound on August 21, 2019, 06:39:29 AM
if you dont mind, pls post which pics are which breaks---ive heard sunzal, tho a softie of a wave much of the time, is world class when a big swell hits

also, did you rent a car and then roll with alex? how did you get around? where did you stay? if you have a moment--curious about logistics.......

my japanese friends say sunzal area is nice

Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: mrbig on August 21, 2019, 08:15:12 AM
El Salvador was scary a while back. Small arms
in the background at night.

Never ever stop if you see a dead animal in your
path. Bandits push 'em out to get you to stop.

Crazy guys with pinned eyes stopped my buddy and I. His wife and two little kids were in the back of the van.

I still believe if they weren't there, my mate and I
would not be alive.

Zunzal fun, bigger the better. I have heard it's crazy crowded now and not fun.
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: supthecreek on August 21, 2019, 03:01:19 PM
TDE.... awesome pics! You were dropping some serious wave down there!!!
Very glad you had such a good trip... I had good friends from El Salvador back in the early 70's.

Who was the other guy? Didn't recognize him from my visits with the JAX crew!

Was he also surfing the Sunova Steeze? You kill it on that board Tim!  :)
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: tde on August 22, 2019, 08:58:11 PM
Eastbound... The first three photos are of Sunzal and the next three are of Punta Mango. We also caught good surf at Las Flores. We had a guide, ALEX NOVOA the whole trip. He met us at the airport and from there took us up to Las Flores. Stayed there 3 days (took the boat to Mangos twice) and then went to El Zonte where Alex owns a great little hotel. (Esencia Nativa).. There are a couple of breaks that can be good in El Zonte but Alex took us to Sunzal for at least one session each day. Alex is the past president of the El Salvador surfing federation and their SUP national champ. He is an amazing guy and made our trip really special! The attached pic is of Alex

Creek (Rick)... Thanks for the comments. The other guy in the photos is Chris Trip. In one of the pics hes riding my STEEZE. He brought his 85 Speed and a 810 Flow. The STEEZE road great!!!..and the surf was about as big as this OLD guy from FLA can handle. :D It was a great trip and one that will provide lifelong memories!!!
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: NEplay on August 23, 2019, 05:21:21 AM
Yowzers - bombs away ^^^.

A facebook post by Clay Feeter got me reading Bill Boyum's memoir "Journal's from the Edge" about his life and surfing which lead to a surfy summer reading list  including Alan Weisbecker's "In Search of Captain Zero" which had the author traveling through Central American in the late 90's. Sort of a gonzo journalism, alpha male, ego trip fueled by conflict, danger and surf. So it is fun to see your trip report Tde and put some real pictures to the Weisbecker's "tall" tale.

Thanks so much for sharing your adventure.   
Title: Re: El Salvador
Post by: eastbound on August 23, 2019, 12:47:15 PM
thx tde--both waves look to be really nice rights--i had already stalked alex a bit--seems a good soul, and an amazing surfer
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