Surfing In Domincan Republic

Discussion in 'Caribbean Islands' started by JakeZnaty, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. JakeZnaty

    JakeZnaty Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    i will be going to Samana dominican republic which it the northeast of domincan republic and i was wondering how far i would have to go for the closet break
  2. Bigcaez

    Bigcaez Member

    Oct 13, 2015
    like 100 yards lol

  3. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    You already posted this same quiz awhile back.

    People responded with info - - you went radio silence. Doesn't pay to treat the hallowed Forum members in such a way, jakeybuoy.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2015
  4. superbust

    superbust Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2008
    I visited Encuentro a few years back and had a great time. I know some of the locals and it made the experience in the water even better. The locals are pretty friendly in general though. There is a left and a right that will hold size and throw some barrels occasionally.
  5. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    A closet break??? We know of a white van we can send you to.....
  6. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
  7. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Almost 5 years with a reply????ho lee puck
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  8. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    rehashing this since i talked to a friend who is moving there for a month in January. A couple of friends proposed PR, but DR could be a strong second. Not seeing any great flights out there, but looks like $400 R/T. PR is half that price but factor a free place to stay and ehhh... I took a glance at some spots there but I'd like to hear more about it if possible from you bouyz
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  9. Manik

    Manik Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    Don't know much about the DR, when I lived on Nantucket we had a bunch of Domincans move there for work, and some of them ripped, making me think they must have decent waves. You might lose a little on flights but your dollar will stretch in the DR whereas it's still a buck in the PR.
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  10. La_Piedra

    La_Piedra Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2017
    DR has great waves.

    Biggest problem isn't so much surfing with locals as much as surfing with boatloads of Canadians, North America's equivalent of Brazilians (except Brazzas are generally much better surfers). Little to zero etiquette in the lineup.
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  11. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    I second that. My one and only visit there was great until I entered the water. It was at that point I had to decide to either get no waves or back-paddle people for waves or just flat-out drop in on people. There is zero etiquette in the d r
  12. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    that's interesting, i was unaware of the Canadian hate that has yet to flourish in my soul. I don't think i've met a Canadian surfer yet, but i've seen Canadian Bacon several times and know how to react if that situation arises. Thanks for the info
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  13. Carson

    Carson Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2006
    It's just fucking ham. :D
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  14. La_Piedra

    La_Piedra Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2017
    No "hate" for Canadians, just stating facts. My local gets clogged with Canucks because it is the closest and most consistent wave within a 5-hour drive from Vancouver BC. All the other closest spots for them are located on Vancouver Island, which necessitates an expensive ferry ride from the mainland and followed by another several hours of driving to an array of inconsistent spots. Thus, they come numbers.

    Canadians differ from Brazilians in the lineup in 2 ways:

    1) Canucks are generally very friendly and don't try to bully or intimidate in the lineup, and
    2) are nowhere close to having the same skills in the water.

    Yes they are friendly. But they are generally unskilled, and usually travel to surf in groups of 3-8. They don't surf a lot, so they unknowingly cut people off, paddle for everything, and do everything else that nubes and Barney's do to irritate more experienced surfers. There's a few that are pretty good and understand the routine, but they are the exception rather than the rule.

    I've worked and lived around Canadians for a good part of my life, and I generally like them. They are a happy and educated people and go out of their way to not offend others, it's pretty refreshing. They travel to DR much like Americans travel to PR, meaning it's very common. Not known to many Americans is the fact that they also freely and frequently travel to Cuba, because they aren't politically bound by the US embargo. And I'm betting that Cuba has killer surf.

    Lastly: if a Canucks crosses the line, a nice mellow approach to advising them as to what they are doing wrong is your best bet. They almost always will respond in kind. Likewise, you probably won't intimidate many because most of them have no qualms about brawling. I put Canadians a close 2nd behind Brazzas in fighting ability.
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