Lobitos: Desert Waves, Oil Rigs and Sunsets... Surfers Paradise
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Hot sun, isolation, everyone in boardies and flip flops and awesome waves this is my type of place! Where can I find such paradise? In the desert of course, to be more precise the northern regions of Peru! Famed for its barren landscape and many flourishing fishing cities this part of Peru boasts some of the best waves found in Sth America with Chicalmayas being the longest left-heander in the WORLD! So it wasnt hard to twist my arm and get me to go on a desert mission to find some waves and leave the miserable weather of Lima behind!!!
So there are many really cool regions in the Nth Peru good for waves, chilling out from big city life, getting a tan, cool desert parties or just finding a place to stay warm, in fact there are too many! We got some advice from our new mate Manuel of the local bodyboarding shop (HIghTide) in Lima and decided that Mancora and Lobitos were the places where we would find our desert paradise.
Rolling into Lobitos I was actually a little shocked and a taken back by how isolated it actually seemed! This was once a flourishing township occupied by many british and american oil workers and was once so popular it had three fully functional casinos in the main street. Today these buildings are run-down and stripped of anything of value and much of the region is now a ghost town but short of life this is a really fascinating area and when we arrived at the beach I saw my fist ever oil rigs just chilling motionlessly in the ocean! Now I thought I would hate them but they are so freakin big I was amazed and it was actually awe-inspiring to see these giant foriegn objects mesh with big barrelling point breaks, it was cool! So yeah the waves were already good when we arrived and after securing some sick rooms aloft a point that overlooked the entire bay and had views of at least 5 different breaks.
Unfortunately it was the weekend and everyone from Mancora and Talara made the trip to Lobitos and the town came too life but the crowd only got bigger in the water! Luckily being a booger we could surf a more steeper barrelling wave called Elwacko that the sticks chose not to ride for fear of hitting the rocks or breaking their boards so we lucked out and i spent much of my day in the green room getting kegged, YEAWWWT it was a blast! The following two days there was plenty of swell but it was hit and miss with the winds but we would always 2-3 sessions in a day with an awesome late evening session capped off by a brillant desert sunset with the sillouettes of the oil rigs drifting off into the dark, I always looked forward for the sunsets!
After four days the swell disappeared and it was flat so there was nothing to do but do nothing! To curb our boredom from no waves we watched the entire DVD collection, relaxed on the beach, walked the deserted casinos and went to a christian mission that were helping to build a pre-school! It was run by Christian Surfers who were trying to set up a christian surf hostel that would provide funds for local kids in need! They were really cool dudes (and dudettes) and not some bible bashing know it alls but surfers like us who had a passion to help others less fortunate.
So the Boys Brady Bunch have split again with Corey and myself heading back to Lima to meet a friend while Duggers, Mark and Jim are heading to the warmer regions of Ecuador and Colombia (im so jealous) but there are waves in Lima so the smile is still on my face!´I hope all is good wherever you are in the world, peace!!