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4kms south from Mal Pais (direction Cabo Blanco Reserve) take the first track on the right, it's at the end of the road at the bar/campling Mar Azul.
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Alternative name Hotel Mar Azul
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerOrdinary, Fun, Ledgey
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementDon't know
This is an inconsistent, lumpy wave which requires a full tide and a reasonable swell running. However, when the conditions are right it produces a fun left, with a technical takeoff over rocks, a fatter middle section and sometimes a link to an inside section (on smaller swells this closes out on to the second rock-point by the camping beach). Best to paddle the long way round to get out rather than try going in off the rocks on the point. It can be done, but get your timing right!
Killer. There is a bar/hotel right there, the 'Mar Azul' - have a sun-down beer watching your mates ripping it!
The Mal Pais beach breaks are usualy better quality waves, but if you want a different wave, or are staying at Mar Azul and can't be bothered to walk 20mins to Mal Pais.... Lastly, when you're there: check out the big bommies (offshore reefs) out the back and to the south (in the next bay...) some radical looking spots start working as the swell picks up. Ask the locals!
When the swell is too big or messy to get out at Mal Pais / Carmen, check out Mar Azul. You might be pleasantly surprised. Worked for me on a S/SW head high swell that made Mal Pais / Carmen difficult to get out. Mar Azule was flat as a board except at the break. Fun time!
By Anonymous , 08-07-2009
Cabinas at Mar Azul - BE CAREFUL when you decide to sleep in Mar Azul's cabinas, people got robbed there while sleeping in their beds. SCATCHY!!!
By email@example.com , 29-01-2004
marzul(surf) - marzul, great left when its working got good in oct. needs good size swell to really fire , but when it happens big tube ,not to scary unless your inside on a big day because of the rock.and the resturant and bar on the point good food great people who own it , say hi to jose his family owns the place ,and he surfs and fishes .so he knows all the secerts,great place to wacth the sunset also they have chairs on the beach ,and the beer is cold .so if your going ,out to mal pais check it out surf up!
By William Baggett , 27-01-2004
Mar Azul - Mar Azul is a great wave witch actaully boast a left and right break seperated by a huge slab of rock thats exposed during low tides. Both break best when an overhead swell has hit the left being my favorite or the two despite being regular foot. There are two main rocks that the left breaks off the furthest out near the start of the wave is sometimes exposed when padding for the ride which makes for some excitement. Breaks best on an out going tide and the inside can be dangerous during lower tides. All around an awesome spot though fickle with the tides. Stayed at Mal Pais Surf Camp which is run by an awesome laid back guy Doug Packman. Check out the spot and the camp for a great few days during your trip.
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