Another Puerto Rico thread (Specific questions)

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by forman, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. forman

    forman Well-Known Member

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    Aug 6, 2012
    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.
     
  2. tropic surfer

    tropic surfer Well-Known Member

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    Dec 7, 2011
    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.
     

  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    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.
     
  4. viajerodevida

    viajerodevida Well-Known Member

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    Oct 21, 2012
    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.
     
  5. StuckontheGulf

    StuckontheGulf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 23, 2012
    Don't overlook Wilderness. It is semi offshore most the time and a great break very close to surfers.
     
  6. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

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    Dec 21, 2010
    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.
     
  7. marksharky

    marksharky Well-Known Member

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    Feb 14, 2012
    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/aguadilla/97/wilderness-beach

    BIG WILDO

    http://surfbang.com/videos/2010/01/wilderness-puerto-rico-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: Jan 4, 2013
  8. forman

    forman Well-Known Member

    62
    Aug 6, 2012
    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.
     
  9. StuckontheGulf

    StuckontheGulf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 23, 2012
    I'm heading back down in Jan too. PM me if you want to hook up. Been going for 10 years.
     
  10. forman

    forman Well-Known Member

    62
    Aug 6, 2012
    random question about wilderness - do you need a vehicle with all wheel / 4 wheel drive to get there?
     
  11. GnarlesBarkley

    GnarlesBarkley Well-Known Member

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    Apr 27, 2011
    It would definitely help but i see little rental sedans make it through all the time
     
  12. marksharky

    marksharky Well-Known Member

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    Feb 14, 2012
    I'll be there for 2 weeks beginning of Feb. along with the rip curl tourney at Jobos :) If it goes flat on the north shore I head to a spot called Las Dunas past Middles, pretty good early am. Last spot on my trip would be Guajataca Beach

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    A river comes into the ocean and it is always a wave but dumping ... yahoo!

    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico,one of the best places to surf on the Island.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jDWigNSn2o

    and of course for those who want to go off the path... check to the east of Surfers :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se7v6xdquZU
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  13. old's cool

    old's cool Member

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    Dec 17, 2012
    I just got back, and the road is easily makeable w/o 4wd.
     
  14. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    1-5. it's funny how you have selected these spots before going, there are dozens of surf spots there that face all different directions with different bottom types. Just go spot some waves and go surfing. These 3 places you named will surely be crowded.

    6. There is a sick waterfall in the san sebastian area (half hour from the nw coast). It's 3 tier and you can jump / swing off of two of them. PM me for directions, I can scan in the bar napkin directions for you.

    Watch out for the rocks
     
  15. GnarlesBarkley

    GnarlesBarkley Well-Known Member

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    Apr 27, 2011
    watch out for the waterfall bull....
     
  16. StuckontheGulf

    StuckontheGulf Well-Known Member

    524
    Apr 23, 2012
    Not as of last april. There are definately some whoop de doos and your car might bottom out but just drive slow and if it looks sketchy stay to either side and keep a wheel close to the side of the road. If it has been raining a lot it might be muddy as hell and a much harder drive. They smoothed it out a couple of years ago with a backhoe but the dam quads run up and down it all weekend making the whoops. If you go there bring a cooler with drinks and food and save the trouble of leaving every time you get hungry or thirsty. Sometimes there is a local who sell pinchos. He has a grill built into the back of his truck and cooks them right there. He also sells beer and sodas and its like $2 for a pincho with some bread on top, great deal if hes there but dont bank on him being there.
     
  17. Boom Surfboards

    Boom Surfboards Member

    6
    Nov 1, 2012
    Don't be a kook avoid rincon. If you want waves and private breaks Www.houseofthedoggz.com and you can jump of the third tier of not only that waterfall but almost 40 other waterfalls within 30 minutes of Isabella . Book with locals
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  18. biff22

    biff22 Well-Known Member

    102
    Dec 28, 2011
    That vid should be required viewing for all surfers...


    http://places.eyetour.com/whatToSee/aguadilla/97/wilderness-beach

    BIG WILDO

    http://surfbang.com/videos/2010/01/wilderness-puerto-rico-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[/QUOTE]
     
  19. i.goleft

    i.goleft Active Member

    31
    Apr 27, 2012
    Just surf where the spongers are
     
  20. darippah

    darippah Well-Known Member

    367
    May 27, 2008
    not to thread hijack but how is it in San Juan? heading there next week and hoping not to have to travel - I know its much better towards the west