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    Another Puerto Rico thread (Specific questions)

    Hey guys, I had a couple of specific questions about a few of the breaks i'm looking to hit up when I go to Puerto Rico early next month.

    The three breaks it looks like i'm going to be mainly interested in are Surfer's Beach in Aguadilla (about 3 - 4 min drive from where i'm staying), Sandy Beach and Maria's.


    I've used the search function and read a good amount about these three breaks so i'm pretty well versed. Here are some additional questions though:

    1. How do the trade winds interact with Surfer's beach? The location of it seems more north than west; is it blown out like the other northernly spots by 10 AM?

    2. Piggybacking off the first question, for the more northernly spots (like Sandy's), are they always good early? Looking at the wind reports seems to show that the trade winds get on it even at sunrise, so I'm curious as to how often it won't be blown out / how long during the day it's clean.

    3. I've surfed maria's once so I know there is a deep spot in the reef that comes right off the road that makes an easier paddle out... what about Surfer's / Sandy beach? Are there easy to spot channels in those spots? How's the paddle out on bigger days?

    4. I know parking for Sandy and Maria's is pretty straightforward, how about Surfer's? I haven't been there yet, It looks like from the videos that I have seen that there's a bit of a dirt road to access it.

    5. What kind of waves will you find at these three locations? From what I've read, Maria's is kind've a right point, (when I surfed there it was like 3 feet) sandy is a beach / reef combo left and Surfer's is a mushier point right.


    Any other general / local knowledge of these three spots would be great. I like to be as well informed as possible before jumping out into a new break.

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    1) it's a crapshoot on the winds- you never know until you're there
    2) same
    3)few defined channels, depends on the swell. they're easy to spot, sort of, but paddling thru them is another thing (currents can push you away from them) Bigger days are a challenge for the paddle out, especially at Surfer's--depends on the period of the swell. Bring your paddling arms and enter/come in at the sandy areas.
    4)parking is no problem. except, leave no valuables in the car--breakins there are rare but it can happen
    5)mixed bag of waves. I would not call Surfer's mushy at all, unless it's high tide. Mainly a right point, a few lefts occasionally. see what msw says about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forman View Post
    Hey guys, I had a couple of specific questions about a few of the breaks i'm looking to hit up when I go to Puerto Rico early next month.

    The three breaks it looks like i'm going to be mainly interested in are Surfer's Beach in Aguadilla (about 3 - 4 min drive from where i'm staying), Sandy Beach and Maria's.


    I've used the search function and read a good amount about these three breaks so i'm pretty well versed. Here are some additional questions though:

    1. How do the trade winds interact with Surfer's beach? The location of it seems more north than west; is it blown out like the other northernly spots by 10 AM?

    2. Piggybacking off the first question, for the more northernly spots (like Sandy's), are they always good early? Looking at the wind reports seems to show that the trade winds get on it even at sunrise, so I'm curious as to how often it won't be blown out / how long during the day it's clean.

    3. I've surfed maria's once so I know there is a deep spot in the reef that comes right off the road that makes an easier paddle out... what about Surfer's / Sandy beach? Are there easy to spot channels in those spots? How's the paddle out on bigger days?

    4. I know parking for Sandy and Maria's is pretty straightforward, how about Surfer's? I haven't been there yet, It looks like from the videos that I have seen that there's a bit of a dirt road to access it.

    5. What kind of waves will you find at these three locations? From what I've read, Maria's is kind've a right point, (when I surfed there it was like 3 feet) sandy is a beach / reef combo left and Surfer's is a mushier point right.


    Any other general / local knowledge of these three spots would be great. I like to be as well informed as possible before jumping out into a new break.
    Sandy's is right around the corner from Maria's and is where I spent 99% of my time when I visited in October. The wind was almost never an issue, from sun up to sun down. There was one or two days (out of 8) where the wind got on it around noon or so but other than that it was perfect almost the entire time. This was about the time Hurricane Sandy made her way by the island, it didn't get too windy till the last day or so when it really started cranking and the waves shot up to 15ft+ but my plane was leaving that night / early morning so I wasn't able to stick around. You'll love Sandy's as their is sand bottom but there is also a point (left) right in front of Tamboo Bar / Grill that is really good too, it was barrelling perfectly like 3 out of 8 days I was there. Not saying wind can't be an issue when you go, just giving you my experience from late October.

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    With no attempt in mind to dissuade you, I'm curious to know why you've chosen those three breaks. My experience in PR is that since one really can't predict swell or wind too far in advance, a willingness to explore is key to finding ideal conditions.

    There are so many nooks and crannies in the NW -- from Isabella to Rincon -- that if your expected spots aren't working, you're no more than 40 min away from a spot that works. Mellow, beach, reef, rock, death; you can find it all.

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    Don't overlook Wilderness. It is semi offshore most the time and a great break very close to surfers.

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    I've been to PR 5 times and usually Sandy beach is blown out all day by 9 am
    I have gone in Feb and march. It gets beat up bad by the trades. When sandys is windy you can guarantee the north side of the island (isabella, surfers, jobos) is also blown out. When the winds are up its time for Domes to Marias.

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    Okay- I've been to PR 50+ times in the last 25 years. North coast has WAY more waves then Rincon and Sandy beach. Trades may come up early on Surfers but you always have Wildo. Rincon goes flat sooo much more then the north shore of PR. Middles almost always has a wave 90% of the time and the break is very good.. If you were going to offer me 2 trips to Rincon or 1 to the north shore for 10 days I would take Isabella, not to mention when it gets big Auguada rocks! I would not trade the west coast of PR for the North, >>> period.

    http://places.eyetour.com/whatToSee/...lderness-beach

    BIG WILDO

    http://surfbang.com/videos/2010/01/w...going-off.html

    Beware of mother ocean at her worst..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceym2c18OQM

    Just remember this when you go to some tropical surf location..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfB99em0OV0

    Good Luck!

    and last but not least ...
    GAS CHAMBERS want heavy? You got it.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfxs0mqalQ0
    Last edited by marksharky; Jan 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM. Reason: gas chamber

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    The reason I had my sight set on these spots is because I'm going with a rather large group, not all of them surfers. Sandy and Maria's would give other people in my group something to do instead of just surfing and Surfer's beach is right near where we are staying, so we can pretty much go whenever we want.

    I will definitely look into Wilderness too though, and am open to suggestions.

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    I'm heading back down in Jan too. PM me if you want to hook up. Been going for 10 years.

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    random question about wilderness - do you need a vehicle with all wheel / 4 wheel drive to get there?