Iquique: The Beast
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Well gang after nearly 3 and half months of sporadic and unplanned travel I find myself back in the land of the Churros, Chile. Leaving the Bolivian cold and altitude behind (not for long) I have stumbled across a bodyboarders paradise in Iquique, North Chile! It is such an unreal experience entering Iquique, after driving for 6-8 hours through a mountainous desert desolate of any flora or fauna just the deep grey colour of dirt and rock you abruptly rise over this peak and descend down from the Andeans into this valley filled with sky rises and a well sprawled metropolis right on the coast, it reminds me of the Goldie back home! It must be a similar experience when travelling through the Nevada desert and suddenly Las Vegas pops up out of nowhere! What also surprised me was the size of the city which is home for some 200,000 chileans! But best of all this is a bodyboarding town and the waves are consistently good! Every boy here lives breathes smells like bodyboarders and they are bloody good riders to say the least!
After reuniting with the boys and getting setup in the local surfing hostel, an amazing place design soley for bodyboarders and surfers a like, i was in the water immediately after lacking any saltwater through my rusty locks for a solid 6 weeks! A 2 min walk from our hostel and i was getting kegged of my tits at Punta Una an awesome left and right hand reef break! However i had to make friendly with the local surfers who are ruthless and will push gringoes deep in the line resulting with a clash of flesh and bone on the reef! So after a good friendly chat and the fact that they learnt i was from the land of the Kangaroo, the local lads were giving me the waves I wanted which was Awesome! I love surfing communitires around the world it is a global language that represents peace, respect and love for the ocean! So a solid three hour session satisfied my hunger for good waves with only one reef hitting incident!
The following morning it was off too surf a bigger, heavier but more rewarding wave Punta Dos! My timing at arrinving here has been impeccable with the swell just getting bigger and bigger and cleaner! Punta Dos was firing and wow some of the most heart stopping adrenlain pumping surf i have had since being travelling! The day resulted with some solid barrel time and several big clashes with the reef but the barrel you get is so worth the risk with a massive bowl section at the end where all the locals bust big! I was more focused on making the section!!!! So for the past 5 days i have been getting up early surfing Punta Dos then after some chow and internet monstering hitting the water again for the arvo session at Punta Una.
Now while i have been here i have witnessed some out of control surfing, be apart of it but nothing compares to the BEAST! A wave that only starts to work at 6-10 foot swells (4-5metres waves ppl) and breaks over a shalow reef, some 2-3 feet deep! Now the day i witnessed it working a few of the lads from the hostel and Jimmy thought they would give it a crack! WOW!!!!! Not one person came in from that surf without battle scars near death stories and hold downs that would normally drown the common person, it was insane! To put it into perspective (see the photos) every makeable waswave was 5-8 foot and required the rider too acid dropped (freefalling) into the barrel then scoop out a massive bottom turn all the while watching the razon sharp reef whizz past your nose, a very hectic and heavy wave.
So yeah have gotten my fix for the moment and am heading back to the cold of La Paz for a Bday and the famous Death Ride which im pretty excited about! So till next time keep smiling peace xx