Chicama “the world’s longest left wave”

One thing we were really looking forward to, was surfing “the world’s longest left wave” in Chicama, Peru.

For Monday, 20th June 2011, a well known online surfing forecast promised a 12ft swell which meant Chicama should be going off.

We left Huanchaco really early in the morning for the 1-hour drive to Chicama. The waves were not too high, something like 4-6ft I guess. I spent 5 hours in the water with a constant smile on my face. Gotta love this place! Isabel captured the whole crazyness on film and photo.

The wave has several sections which were not connecting 100% but still, rides with aching legs are a standard here. The current at the very first take-off point is quite strong and you have to constantly paddle to stay in position. The take-off itself was fairly gentle, however I know what I have to work on now, making sections!

After every surf (1-4 waves) you walk back along the beach and cliffs to the very first take-off point. One round took me round about one hour. Absolutely great fun, go and check it out yourself!

The famous German website features an article on our trip to Chicama as well:

Watch our flick of this Monday’s action at Chicama here:

… and find our pics here:

Surfing Chicama, Peru




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