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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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Arriving in Malpais area - Hi, Im arriving in Malpais area around April and planning to stay for a couple of months. I have been looking for a room, share, studio or casita. Looking in the $300-$400 month. Hit me up if any ideas or tips or if you want to connect..Im hailing from New York. good vibes!! Adriano
More detailed info - Santa Teresa is indeed amazing, and there's some great info here, but for more details about the particular beaches and breaks in Santa Teresa, check out: http://www.malpaissurfing.com
East Swells? - You guys should look at a Compass it is pretty hard to get an East Swell on an Beach that can only get Swells from the West SW or NW.
epic - been there las january 2009 for 10 days... the surf was epic, big waves, offshore winds, one of the best surfspots i´ve ever been. but crowded
Ups and Downs II - Try to avoid May - June here as the on-shore wind and size max out the place. Look for east swells and light-med offshore winds or after rain storms.
Also: Get a place with a kitchen, there's not too many cheap sodas anymore as the Isrealis have taken over. And if you want to avoid the drug scene, just go to bed at 9pm and surf at 5am.
Has its' ups and downs - I've been there 5 times and the place is still unpredictable to me. There's always waves but you can catch mushy, crowded and disorganized 3-6ft burgers for 2-3 weeks or epic light offshore barrels with no one out for 2 weeks; thinking you're in the best place in the world. Springtime is prolly the magic time (offshore and size) based on hindsight. Also, there are hordes of cabinas, so no worries about reservations unless your going in Dec-Jan.
whatever "paradise lost" - im sure you and your mates have some epic spot all to yourselves that nobody else has seen, and i'm sure your dumbass has nothing to do the the explosion of this sport. your the only surfer on the planet that's totally innocent of exploiting the sport right? Think again buddy...
still great - I'm sure santa teresa used to be better than it is. There are plenty of people from everywhere and lots of people trying to learn how to surf ( how dare them!!!!!).... not to mention the crack-heads and thieves.... Still one of my favorite places in the world... watch your back and go north a few miles if you want empty surf
paradise lost - i was there in 91-93. The only place to stay was with frank and luce on the corner @ mal pais. There was one local surfer and 5 expat gringos. By the sounds of these posts i wont bother going back. Surfers really know how to f**k a place up. Sad really how we destroy the very thing we come for, uncrowded surf. Sites like this just speed up the whole process. So no im not gonna tell you where im at now cause the surfs better than santa tresa and theres not a soul in site. And no, im not going to open up some cabinas so i can stay. Im going to keep my mouth shut so the likes of you stay away.
Nicer places to stay in ST - Oh, and if money is not an issue - Casa Azul... have you found the website www.nicoyapeninsula.com
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