Surfing by waterfalls

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Surfing by waterfalls!
Most of the surf breaks outside of Punta Banco are rocky reef breaks and don't really work at low-tide. Dave and I had heard about another break, further south down the beach. Apparently there was also a big waterfall along a trail off the beach further south too, and we wanted to see if we could find it. We brought our surfboards and were joined by Lauren, one of the turtle girls who also runs track for Stanford. Along the way we were also joined by a couple from Colorado who were also hiking south down the beach.

We walked for about an hour in the burning heat and came across a rocky point that blocked our route. Lauren headed back, but Dave and I waited until the tide dropped a little bit and climbed over the rocks with our surfboards in order to get past the point.
Tide pools.
There were a series of secluded coves and caves, then, around another small point, an endless expanse of sandy beach breaks. Most of the breaks were pretty small, but we stopped at one spot directly next to a waterfall. The 3-4 ft waves were breaking fairly close to shore, hollow, and fairly powerful. I got some great waves right when I got out there, but then got into a lull where I couldn't get any more. I think I psyched myself out, and kept pulling back from the seemingly vertical drops instead of just going for it like I should have.

Dave was getting a lot of great waves and getting briefly barreled on a few. I swam out with the underwater camera and got a few good shots of him surfing, then he got a few shots of me (we still need to get those developed). It was quite surreal surfing in such a remote place, looking to shore and seeing a huge waterfall, dense jungle, and endless empty beach in both directions. We surfed for a few hours, then made the long hike north back to town to avoid being trapped by the rising tide.

Surfer's Tip: Always bring a tide chart!
AndiPerullo says:
Wow, I'm so jealous that I didn't get a chance to go to this spot when I was in CR. What an amazing day! You must have been hurting after carrying your board for such a long hike? I can't wait to see those underwater shots.
Posted on: Oct 19, 2007
Eric says:
working on ittttttttt!
Posted on: Aug 14, 2007
Amanda says:
Seriously dude, finish your blog!
Posted on: Aug 14, 2007
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Surfing by waterfalls!
Surfing by waterfalls!
Tide pools.
Tide pools.
Jungle coastline.
Jungle coastline.
More jungle coastline.
More jungle coastline.
Me on the reef.
Me on the reef.
Dave on the rocky reef during lowt…
Dave on the rocky reef during low…
Tiny crabs.
Tiny crabs.
A mysterious sign.
A mysterious sign.
Dave gathering coconuts.
Dave gathering coconuts.
Even more jungle coastline.
Even more jungle coastline.
Indians hiking on the way to town …
Indians hiking on the way to town…
Punta Banco
photo by: Eric