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Wednesday August 27 2008 06:30:00 AM
Nb waves ridden: 1
Length of the surf session: 90 min
Surfboard ridden: 6'2"
Weather and water temp: 84F
Beautiful, RAW beach. Not much surfing this time of year, though.
Fallen palm trees everywhere. At least they weren't floating around in the waves like I heard from before.
If you're going to go, make sure you go with another person because if you drown, no one will know. The whole time, the only signs of life I saw were wild dogs wandering, couple of fishermen that walked by.
Fortunately, I was acquainted with a local surfer there, Roberto, who drove me over to the beach early in the morning. Here's the scoop from him:
- There are probably only a crew of 10 surfers in the whole Punta Cana area
- On Macao, you need a minimum of 8 foot waves in the summer to form a break, and 2 foot waves in the winter to form a break. So come in the winter. Or bring a longboard in the summer.
- You can ride waves for 50+ seconds during the winter.
- Punta Cana is considered the north-facing part of the Dominican as opposed to the south-facing side. The main differentiator are the hurricanes...hurricanes always strike the south-facing side of the island, not the north. The reason is because the Dominican has 2 tallest mountain ranges in the Carribbean on the center of the island: the Central and the Oriental. They form a barrier that keeps most hurricanes on the South Coast. This was true, as Hannah didn't touch Punta Cana, but slammed San Salvador on the South. So don't expect many hurricane waves in this region.
As we left the beach, he spoke of a secret spot called Caligula (sp?) that is the best spot to find waves during the summer. Never saw it.
All in all, if you want to surf during year-round in D.R., go to Puerto Plata.
Created: Thursday September 18 2008 04:03:05 PM
Modified: Thursday September 18 2008 04:03:05 PM