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Sunday April 8 2007 04:00:00 PM
Surfboard ridden: Bodyboard
Weather and water temp: ~25 C, 15 C
Well the waves were indeed big this weekend. But most of the beach is just straight and the waves come straight in without any direction at all. This led to huge close outs that smashed down with a roar.
There was a 5.4 and 4.3 earth quake nearby on Friday. So this meant that the lifeguards weren't letting anyone do more than put a couple feet in the water. Everyone was keeping their eyes open for a tsunami. But the quake was up in the mountains and there were no major problems.
Sunday followed with 3 quakes just offshore in the ocean, 4.8, 4.8, and 5.0, around 8am. I didn't hang around to wait for a tsunami or tidal wave. But the radio was telling people to stay away from the beaches and that no swimming was allowed at all. I guess certain areas near the beach were being volunteerly evacuated.
I found a few areas that might be doable with smaller waves, but in general I wasn't really able to find anything great. The water was considerably colder than up north in Lima, but with the wetsuit it shouldn't be too bad. I did not see single person (other than myself) the entire weekend with any sort of board or intention to surf.
I drove up to Camana and then from Matarani to Punta de Bonbon. Down near Punta de Bonbon there were tons of farms and no real roads to the beaches (though there were a few signs). I didn't feel like 4 wheeling too much with the rental car. I'd advise bringing some kind of 4x4 for checking out those beaches.
Created: Monday April 9 2007 04:59:38 AM
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