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Session: Limpiecito, puras izquierdas

Written by mmoragues show mmoragues profile

Saturday April 5 2008 02:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 5

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: Gun 6'3''

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: very cold and sunny

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy
- Fun
- Powerful
- Fast
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

No se porque solo agarré izquierdas, pero igual fue divertido.

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Created: Sunday April 6 2008 01:01:04 AM

Modified: Sunday April 6 2008 01:01:04 AM

Hits: 1378

Session: Awesome!

Written by Splaktar show Splaktar profile

Tuesday March 25 2008 05:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Strong

Nb waves ridden: 8

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: 9

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 77 F air, 70 F water

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Powerful
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Things started out pretty normally. Got there around 5pm. The sun was strong and the waves were large (5-8 foot). There were about 8 people out on the southern break, but they were a bit spread out.

The tide was decently high. The waves were breaking hard on the beach and cement walls. I did some stretching and headed in. My first wave wasn't too bad, I got up on my feet and tried to turn to the right (frontside) but sort of lost the wave. After that I went through a rough series of wipe outs where I was trying to get my feet and body weight positioned correctly on the board for doing a frontside turn and surfing to the right. This included some seriously thrashing face plants and falls onto my back right into the breaking waves.

The waves were quite large, the biggest I've been successful in on a longboard to this point. But I seemed to be catching them just in the right spot and avoided getting slammed by the large sets (6-9 waves in a row). Most of the time I was able to turn to the right slightly, so while it wasn't anything great, it at least got me a little closer to escaping the impact zone before the next wave hit.

Then as twilight set in and the sunset ended, I caught a good wave. I was able to do a frontside turn and keep on the wave, then follow it up by straightening out a little before the wave backed off. It was about a 10s ride, nothing great, but one of the best of the day. I thought about calling it a night and heading in. I was already close to the shore and it would be a long paddle back out.

I decided to push my luck and paddled all the way back out. I rested a minute, then paddled for a wave. Just before I caught it, someone else got it and I had to give way. This left me a good ways back in towards the shore. I had to quickly paddle back out if I was going to catch a wave before all the twilight was gone.

I setup for a wave thinking that it would be the last of the night. I caught it and jumped to my feet in good position. I quickly did a frontside turn (to the right). Then I realized that the wave was dying off, so I did a cutback to the left and rode the wave back that way until I get near the whitewater. I couldn't believe that I hadn't fallen yet (15s). I tried to do another cutback and head to the right again, but my board just wouldn't turn. I managed to straighten out but I wasn't going to the right. So I had the thought (finally) to turn my hips, so I swiveled my hips and head out towards the open ocean. It was kind of crazy because I couldn't see where I was going at all. But it worked! A few seconds later I was still on the wave and heading to the right. I rode it to the right a bit more and then straightened out some. I noticed that I was getting in close to some shallow water and rocks, so I dropped down onto the board on my chest. Then I grabbed the front of the board and I rode it the rest of the way (40m) back into the shore!

I couldn't believe it! I had stayed up the whole way, in big waves, and I had done turns and cutbacks that I'd never been able to do well before! The whole ride was about 100m and a good 25s standing and another 15s on my stomach.

Best day of surfing in my life! Unfortunately this was my last day of surfing this summer. But what a way to end it! I can't wait to get back to the beach next summer and do this again! Hopefully I can ditch this longboard and get a shortboard next summer too!

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Created: Wednesday March 26 2008 04:29:17 PM

Modified: Monday March 31 2008 11:49:44 PM

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Session: Rush

Written by Splaktar show Splaktar profile

Monday March 24 2008 06:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 4

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 77 F air, 72 F water

Waves height: 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft

Waves Quality:
- Powerful
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Got the car out of the shop and raced down to San Bartolo to get in a little surfing.  Made it by 6pm before the sunset.  Had to get out just before 7pm though as twilight is ending much earlier now.

Went out to the southern break and tried to catch the rights.  First wave I was up and riding and almost turned to the right (still need a lot of practice on that).  After that it seemed like my wax job got the best of me.  I didn't wax the board because I was in a hurry and figured it was good enough.  The rest of the night I mostly ended up slipping and falling off due to lack of grip (and a little exhaustion). 

I was going for most every wave I could because I knew I had limited time.  I certainly got plenty of exercise as I was huffing and puffing most of the session.  After I got really tired, there was no time to rest, so I just kept catching waves... but then wiping out.  I must have caught at least 10 waves where I wiped out in only 5s or so.

Not sure if it's the surf booties or what, but something was really killing the side of my left pinky the whole session.  Not sure if they were rubbing on a bug bite or if they were the cause of it.

Water wasn't too crowded, only about 6-8 people and there were more than enough waves.

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Created: Tuesday March 25 2008 01:34:44 PM

Modified: Tuesday March 25 2008 01:34:44 PM

Hits: 1177

Session: 2 sessions madiocres

Written by mmoragues show mmoragues profile

Friday March 21 2008 02:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 7

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: Gun 6'3''

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: nice but cold

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Soft
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Demasiada gente en el agua, era ridículo casi

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Created: Saturday March 22 2008 12:54:37 AM

Modified: Saturday March 22 2008 12:54:37 AM

Hits: 1141

Session: Holy Week Crowd!

Written by Splaktar show Splaktar profile

Thursday March 20 2008 04:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 6

Length of the surf session: 3 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 78 F air, 72 F water

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Ordinary

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Holy Week holidays make almost the whole week, just like a Sunday.  This means that the beaches are overcrowded and the surf is almost unsafe due to so many young kids and other surfers.  I went down to San Bartolo for one of my normal weekday sessions, no big deal... the place was packed.  There was a 'parking full' sign at the entrance, but they still let me in.

There were cars parked in almost every open spot along the road and there was only room for 1 way traffic.  Amazingly due to it being late afternoon, I did find myself a good parking spot.  Farther than usual, but not bad at all.  The whole afternoon the southern wave had about 20-30 people on it (more than I'd ever seen before).  It seemed like it would get overcrowded at around 30 and people would start talking about going to Santa Rosa/Maria or they would swim across to the central wave.  This repeated most of the afternoon as only a few people actually stayed at this wave (including me).

The waves were pretty nice 5-6 footers and there was a much larger wait between sets than normal.  This meant a lot more time to rest and look at the scenery, which caused a lot of people to leave because they got bored.  But the water was great, this was the first afternoon in weeks that I'd been here w/o a strong onshore wind causing everything to get bumpy and choppy as hell.  Today it was smooth and really enjoyable.

I caught a bunch of the rights trying to work on some frontside surfing.  But I had practiced backside so much already that the few waves that I really caught well, I ended up going backside.  I'm still not really getting the hip rotation part of the turn down well.  I can tilt the board and put weight on my back foot just fine though.  I also need to work on re-transfering that weight back to the center after I turn.  Glad I had plenty of time in the water, it allowed me to work on some stuff even though I spent most of the day dodging people who had already caught the wave.

There was one small kid that seemed to be the worst of them all.  He was a nice guy, but he would paddling and try to catch almost every wave.  But he only really caught about 10% of them.  This sucked because I would always give way to him and then he wouldn't catch the wave.  But in Peru this respect and right of way seems to be forgein to most people.  I guess I need to get used to that.  I just don't want any mid-air body-to-body collisions. 

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Created: Tuesday March 25 2008 01:51:25 PM

Modified: Tuesday March 25 2008 01:51:25 PM

Hits: 1035

Session: Crowded

Written by Splaktar show Splaktar profile

Monday March 17 2008 04:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 6

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 76 F Air, 72 F Water

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

I got down there after work for a good surf session.  I was expecting a fairly small mid-week crowd.  I was very surprised when I arrived to find about 10-15 people getting out of the water and by the time I paddled out there were still a good 20+ people in the southern break and a good 10-15 people in the middle break.  I don't go on Sundays due to the crowding, but this seemed just like a Sunday.

I'm not sure if it was due to Holy Week starting or what.  The gov't holidays don't start until Thursday.

Anyhow, the onshore wind was pretty solid and there was a ton of chop in the water.  The waves were good size, about the max I can really make any progress on.  I was trying to get some practice with turning.  I did get my tip to come back up out of the water and almost get it to turn, but normally I would wipe out shortly there after.  Generally I was getting too far out ahead of the wave before I could do the turn move.  So by the time I was turned, the wave was just catching back up with me and knocking me over.

Looks like I need to work more on catching the wave before it breaks and then standing up right as I catch it, rather than a couple seconds after I make 'sure' that I've caught it.  This should let me get the turn going while still on the wave face.

I had limited time to be in the water and was constantly dodging other surfers.  There were almost non-stop waves, so most everyone got their share.  But there was a lot of giving way that was needed by everyone, along with a lot of dodging people who were riding the wave (and thus getting yourself thrashed).  I wish summer wasn't over so that I could keep advancing my skills enough to ride a shortboard and get out of beginner areas. 

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Created: Thursday March 20 2008 08:09:49 PM

Modified: Thursday March 20 2008 08:09:49 PM

Hits: 733

Session: Choppy after 9:30am

Written by Splaktar show Splaktar profile

Saturday March 15 2008 08:30:00 AM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 2

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 77 F Air, 72 F Water

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Conditions were perfect and clean when we arrived at 8:30am.  After an hour in the water, everything changed and the onshore winds were making conditions extremely choppy.  Sunny all morning.

I met a nice girl out in the waves who encouraged me to keep my feet up and crossed when paddling.  So I spent a lot of time working on that (balance).  I caught a couple waves that were decent.  I was pretty impatient and paddled for numerous waves that were too small to catch, then got pushed in by the rest of the set.  This lead to long paddles back out to the lineup.

Overall a pretty average day.  My mother in law came down this day to enjoy the beach.  We both really enjoyed the Barena surf stop stand that's been there all summer.  They keep it clean.  There's racks for your board and always security nearby.

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Created: Monday March 17 2008 02:20:46 PM

Modified: Monday March 17 2008 02:20:46 PM

Hits: 552

Session: Yes!

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Thursday March 13 2008 05:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 5

Length of the surf session: 1.2 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 75 F, 72 F Water

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Woohoo!  One of my best days of surfing yet!  I was thinking of bodyboarding Playa Norte in Punta Hermosa, but it was flat.  La Isla didn't look too great either, so I was thinking it would be a down day.  I decided to check out San Bartolo, mostly just to see how it handled the smaller swell.

It was great!  The waves were perfect for a beginner like me! I would have liked the tide a little higher, but it was coming in and wasn't too bad.  I raced home to grab the board.

I got back and into the water as quickly as I could, knowing that I only had about 1.5 hours max before the end of twilight.  There were a good deal of people out in the water earlier, but by the time I got out there it was down to about 5 people in the lefts.  By the time I was done, it was just me and 2 others.

The waves were steady and exactly what I was looking for.  Single peak, ~4 footers.  I caught my first few waves and it really felt good.  Only 2 waves did I paddle for and not end up getting.  There were plenty of waves for me and the others.  I finished up with 2 of my most solid waves ever. 

The first I was too far up on the board and it was a larger ~5 ft wave.  I did a push up on the board and slid myself back on the board, this kept me from pearling.  Then after I was on the wave I stood up and ended up pretty far back on the board, but OK.  I managed for my first time ever to adjust my front foot forward without wiping out.  When the wave caught back up with me, I was able to keep control and continue to ride it.  I made an attempt to turn to the left, but didn't really turn my hips.  So I finally went down off to the side of the board.

The second wave was a nice 4 footer and I caught it at an angle, really trying to ride down the wave and not shoot out like a missile.  I had a good angle on the wave and was up on my feet with no problems.  I managed to move the board around some without falling or loosing control.  I was able to see all the rocks under water as I flew by them.  It was great.  Again I was able to catch the wave and not fall down when it caught up to me.  Then I actually managed to turn and go to the left, just as the wave ended.  So it was my first real 'exit' of a wave on the surfboard!  I even managed to just drop down onto the board w/o wiping out!

What a great session!  Plus the sunset was simply beautiful.  This is the first day where I really felt like I was actually surfing!

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Created: Friday March 14 2008 01:05:50 AM

Modified: Friday March 14 2008 01:05:50 AM

Hits: 538

Session: Choppy

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Wednesday March 12 2008 10:30:00 AM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 1

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 75 F, 70 F Water

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Went down for a mid-morning session at San Bartolo.  Had planned on getting down there much earlier, but didn't wake up early enough.  By 10:30am when I got down there, there was a bit of wind and by the time I got in the water is was quite windy and choppy.

It was my first session back in the water after over a week of battling the flu.  The salt water helped clear out my sinuses real well.

Had a couple wipe outs as I figured out how to catch a wave again ;)  But at the end I caught a real nice ride where I almost managed to turn.  I rode it in most all of the way to the rocks and then headed in.  

Nothing too special, but nice to be back in the water.  Though there was quite a bit of plastic and other trash in the water :(

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Created: Friday March 14 2008 12:50:10 AM

Modified: Friday March 14 2008 12:50:10 AM

Hits: 615

Session: Big swells

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Thursday February 28 2008 12:00:00 AM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 5

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: 9

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 77 F, Water 70 F

Waves height: 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft

Waves Quality:
- Powerful
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

Went down to San Bartolo on a good 6-8 Ft day. Caught a few waves but they were a little out of my league. Managed to keep the tip up and avoid pearling though. My buddy didn't want to get into the bigger stuff so he just tried to catch a few edges and mostly watch.

I had a lot of problems with my board's grip.  Even with it being well waxed, I had a lot of slippage.  I guess partly due to the hot sun and warmer water.  A number of wipeouts were caused simply by loosing my footing due to slipping. 

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Created: Monday March 3 2008 02:44:47 PM

Modified: Monday March 3 2008 03:00:40 PM

Hits: 598

Session: Cloudy morning

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Friday February 22 2008 08:00:00 AM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: 1

Length of the surf session: 2.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 72 F Cloudy, 65 F Water

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Ordinary

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Got out there early and it was pretty cloudy and cool.  Didn't clear up until about 10:45am.  Then sunny and bright.  Great waves all morning with a good break between waves, nice sets.  Surfed the lefts to the south of the bay.  Buddy bodyboarded.  Water was a little chilly when we got there and didn't warm up much since it was cloudy almost the whole time.  No wetsuits just board shorts and long sleeve rash vests.

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Created: Friday February 22 2008 08:29:59 PM

Modified: Friday February 22 2008 08:29:59 PM

Hits: 614

Session: Crowded, great waves

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Saturday February 16 2008 04:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 3

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: Bodyboard

Fins: Yes

Weather and water temp: 75 F Air, 60 F Water

Waves height: 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft

Waves Quality:
- Powerful
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

When I got there the crowd was small (5-6 people), but by the time I had paddled out there were at least 10 people out, by the time I was done around 14.  A bit too crowded for me as I had to give way numerous times to others.

Water was clean, but a little choppy, but cold!  Last two days have been some of the coldest this summer.  It was a lot warmer last summer.

Caught a few waves, but too crowded to get more.  Lots of big sets that just white washed everyone too.  So there was a decent amount of paddling and duck diving.

The sunset was beautiful and the waves never stopped pumping the whole time.  Finally got a little too cold even with my 3/2 full wet suit so I called it a day before cramping up.  Would have been a nice day for gloves.. which I've never had to use in summer here before.

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Created: Sunday February 17 2008 01:46:18 AM

Modified: Sunday February 17 2008 01:46:18 AM

Hits: 586

Session: Raro Mar

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Saturday February 16 2008 02:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 3

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: Fanboard 6'7"

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: very cold and sunny

Waves height: 1.5m / 5ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy
- Powerful
- Fast
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

El mar estaba a punto de pasarse, pero sacó unas 3 olitas que valieron el viaje.

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Created: Sunday February 17 2008 03:36:49 PM

Modified: Sunday February 17 2008 03:36:49 PM

Hits: 740

Session: Beautiful

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Friday February 15 2008 02:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: 6

Length of the surf session: 1.2 min

Surfboard ridden: Bodyboard

Fins: Yes

Weather and water temp: 76 F Air, 60 F Water

Waves height: 1.5m / 5ft

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

All of the jellies appear to be gone finally!  The water was beautiful and clean.  Nice long period so the waves weren't constantly, but it seemed like very solid sets of 3-9 waves at least every few minutes.  Water temp a little chilly for my board shorts and rash vest, but managable.  High tide with semi-overcast skies.

Caught my first wave within 5 minutes or so and kept getting more the whole time.  A better mix of surfing and duck diving than recent sessions.  Only 3 other people in the lineup, was awesome to have so few people out on a friday afternoon!

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Created: Saturday February 16 2008 02:17:36 AM

Modified: Saturday February 16 2008 02:17:36 AM

Hits: 556

Session: Hot rocks!

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Monday February 11 2008 12:45:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 1

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 78 F Cloudy, Water 70 F

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Finally it looks like the jellyfish are clearing out.  This time I only saw 2 near the jetty and 1 while I was in the water.  Much better than the last few days where I've been checking and seeing 20-40 jellyfish each time.  Maybe they are finally gone...

Anyhow, the sun was strong today and ow it burnt!  The sand burnt, the cement on the jetty burnt, the rocks at the end of the jetty burnt!  I couldn't get into the water fast enough (was wearing a full wet suit to avoid jelly stings).  And when I hit the water, it was warm too!  I was hoping for some relief in the cool water we've had this year, but it was almost low tide and the water was the hottest it's been all year!

The water was beautiful blue/green and very clear!  It was a beautiful day and there were a lot of waves.  But there were also a good 6-8 people on the same wave.  Not overly crowded but kind of a pain when little kids keep charging every wave and calling everyone off.

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Created: Monday February 11 2008 09:06:19 PM

Modified: Monday February 11 2008 09:06:19 PM

Hits: 598

Session: Erizo

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Monday February 11 2008 12:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: 4

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: Fanboard 6'7"

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: warm and nice

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy
- Fun

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Ni muy grande ni muy chico, sacó bastante, pero el problema es el erizo en la pata.

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Created: Monday February 11 2008 08:24:18 PM

Modified: Monday February 11 2008 08:24:18 PM

Hits: 710

Session: Jellyfish Attack!

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Tuesday February 5 2008 04:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 3

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 74 F Partly Cloudy, Water not sure

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Wow!  There were jellyfish everywhere!  When I was checking things out I saw some jellyfish, but I've seen a few before in San Bartolo's Playa Norte.  No big deal.  But today there were a few more than usual close to the shore.  I jump off the jetty and head out to catch some small waves and such.

On the way out I have to dodge jellyfish everywhere.  Once I'm out there I catch a wave.  After the wave I look in the water and there's a huge (2+ foot in diameter) jellyfish right next to me.  As I swim away from it and back out to catch another way, the breaking waves show even more huge jellyfish. Before I know it, it's hard to go anywhere without having to avoid jellies.

I asked one of the locals how bad their sting is and he said they hurt and you only need a touch from a tentacle to sting you.  He was also watching out for them very carefully.  After a bit more time things just seemed to get worse.  It was almost impossible to paddle without hitting a jellyfish's head with your hand at some point.

I was just wearing board shorts and a rash vest so I didn't feel like staying around much longer and risking a sting from one of this big guys.  I'll go back tomorrow with my full wet suit.  

It's really gotten me thinking though, how bad can it hurt?  Would you loose days of surfing if you got a really bad jellyfish sting or could you just ignore it? 

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Created: Tuesday February 5 2008 11:44:41 PM

Modified: Tuesday February 5 2008 11:44:41 PM

Hits: 599

Session: Great waves

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Monday January 28 2008 05:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 1

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: Bodyboard

Fins: Yes

Weather and water temp: 80 F, 62 F

Waves height: 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft

Waves Quality:
- Tubular

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- One peak

Description:

This was my first time in the 2nd part (middle) of San Bartolo (the rights just to the right of the largest jetty).  Also my first time in San Bartolo at mid-rising tide.  It was also my first time entering/exiting the water from a jetty/rocks.  It went pretty well though and the rocks were fairly smooth (a few small snails and other things, but no urchins or sharp shells). 

It took me a bit to get the hang of the area.  There's a nice rip right alongside the jetty, so after a ride you can paddle over towards the jetty and it'll shoot you right back out to the lineup (awesome!).  I wasn't going out too far as I was looking for some of the mid sized (5-7 footers) waves rather than the 6-8+ foot waves that were out there. 

I had some problems catching the waves at first due to the fact that they back off a bit in a certain spot.  Eventually I watched some of the locals and they were waiting for the wave to partially break and then they'd catch it in the partially breaking whitewater knowing that it would back off, reform and not close on them.  I caught one this way pretty easilly (though it was a bit hard to see with all the splash and I was going towards the rocks).  But after that I started to cramp up.  I fought through the cramps for a while, but each time when I'd be able to catch a wave they'd come back, so I had to head in.

Paddling back to the shore w/o being able to catch waves is a bit of a pain.  There are a lot of rocks, so going to the shore can be a bit hazardous.  Also getting close to the jetty for your exit is a bit tough due to the rip.  So you have to take a wide berth around the jetty and then angle towards it and catch it before the rip pulls you out.  I managed OK, but w/ both legs cramped up to hell it was a lot of arm paddling.

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Created: Tuesday January 29 2008 04:06:43 PM

Modified: Tuesday January 29 2008 04:06:43 PM

Hits: 711

Session: Low tide, glad rocks aren't too sharp

Written by Splaktar show Splaktar profile

Tuesday January 22 2008 08:35:00 AM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: 1

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 78 F, 65 F

Waves height: 1.5m / 5ft

Waves Quality:
- Ordinary

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

Went down to Playa Norte in San Bartolo this morning around 8am.  The water looked great and the waves were solid mid-sized around 4-6 ft, with occasional sets up to around 8ft.

It was my first time surfing in San Bartolo so it took me a bit to find a good place to enter the water at low tide.  Most of the beaches seem to have rocks lined up just off shore.  The best bet looks like walking down the jetty and them jumping in, easier done with a shortboard than my longboard though.  I finally entered at the very south end of the road near where a couple boats were setup.

The paddle out wasn't bad at all, but the rocks were just a few feet below me most of the time, and the tide was due to hit it's lowest at 11am.  By the time I came back in, I was touching the rocks with my hands while paddling.  Gladly the sets laid off for a few minutes and getting in at the same spot wasn't a problem.

I was looking for some decent beginner type waves, which I had seen the night before at high tide.  But at low tide the waves were breaking pretty good and were a bit larger than I was ready for.  It would have been a blast with my bodyboard. I saw some good easy breakers up closer to the shore, but with all the rocks there just lined up only a few feet under the water it wasn't possible to ride them.  It looks like I'll have to come back at high tide to get what I'm looking for.

At one point we got a set of about Nine 6-8 foot waves in a row.  I didn't end up on the rocks, but me and another guy got pretty close.  I now see why others have recommended to wear booties here.  There were urchins for sure, but the rocks themselves were fairly smooth and there aren't a ton of muscles (chorros).

The crowd in the morning on a weekday was pretty tame and comfortable.  I think there were about 4-6 guys out at the southern wave and 2 more up north past a couple jettys.

Planning to go back and check it out at high tide...

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Created: Tuesday January 22 2008 04:38:20 PM

Modified: Tuesday January 22 2008 04:38:20 PM

Hits: 629

Session: Sacó algo

Written by mmoragues show mmoragues profile

Saturday December 22 2007 03:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 3

Length of the surf session: 1:30 min

Surfboard ridden: Fanboard 6'7"

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: warm and nice

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Soft
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

Después de una búsqueda por varias playas terminamos en Saint Barts, que algo pudo sacar.

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Created: Monday December 24 2007 12:39:07 AM

Modified: Monday December 24 2007 12:39:07 AM

Hits: 833

Session: Early místico

Written by mmoragues show mmoragues profile

Tuesday February 20 2007 08:00:00 AM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 20

Length of the surf session: 1:30 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'7

Fins: 3

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

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Created: Wednesday February 21 2007 03:30:27 AM

Modified: Friday March 2 2007 06:09:07 PM

Hits: 1072

Session: night bart

Written by mmoragues show mmoragues profile

Monday February 19 2007 06:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 10

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'7

Fins: 3

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Ordinary

Waves Shape:
- Walls

Description:

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Created: Wednesday February 21 2007 03:23:24 AM

Modified: Friday March 2 2007 06:08:30 PM

Hits: 1123

Session: Late en St. Barts

Written by gtalavera show gtalavera profile

Sunday February 18 2007 06:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Nb waves ridden: 3

Length of the surf session: 0.75 min

Waves Quality:
- Fun

Description:

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Created: Wednesday February 21 2007 03:08:47 AM

Modified: Wednesday February 21 2007 03:08:47 AM

Hits: 1609

Session: Samoa

Written by mmoragues show mmoragues profile

Friday February 16 2007 03:00:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Nb waves ridden: 4

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: 6'7

Fins: 3

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Soft

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

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Created: Wednesday February 21 2007 03:13:38 AM

Modified: Monday February 26 2007 05:59:26 PM

Hits: 1000

Session: Late en St. Barts

Written by gtalavera show gtalavera profile

Friday February 16 2007 02:00:00 AM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Nb waves ridden: 4

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'4

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun

Description:

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Created: Wednesday February 21 2007 02:43:30 AM

Modified: Wednesday February 21 2007 02:57:03 AM

Hits: 1156

Session:

Written by babylon5051 show babylon5051 profile

Tuesday November 30 1999 12:00:00 AM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Ledgey

Description:

Buddies:

Created: Tuesday August 30 2011 03:59:26 PM

Modified: Tuesday August 30 2011 03:59:26 PM

Hits: 449

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