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Restricted acces only by boat ride. Navy base right in front of break. You may get in by car if with a special local permit. Just head for main beach at Salinas and ask for a ride to Shitbay and set up to pick you up later. They do that.
DistanceTake a car
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Private access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Wave qualityWorld Class
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouthWest
Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Just head for Salinas and especially on a big SW swell and get on that boat. If on week days you may surf it all alone! if on a weekend and word has been around about a big swell there maybe 10-15 guys out but if big (7-8 feet) it can handle like 20 people easy.
Just be cool and surf fast and nobody will bother you. If you dont surf fast or surf well for a quick take off and chicken our, get fuck out cause you may get people in trouble or pissed.
This is a regional a world class wave that very few people have surf out of Ecuador cause is in the Navy area.
By TrueEcuador , 09-08-2011
WRONG NAME - Your attemp to translate in english a foreign name (LA CHOCOLATERA-which is Spanish) is incorrect. It's an insult (calling it "shitbay"???)for a country culture and shows us the little (or nothing) respect you have for challenging places for surfing.
The TRUE and near translation may be "CHOCOLATE POT or CHOCALATE MAKER" due to the forms that the waves make when hits the rocks of the bay, Salinas people relate it with the form of melt chocolate making. (just in case:chocolate is a food from the cacao seed). Nonetheless LA CHOCOLATERA can be dangerous for surfing due to the rocks under the sea.
By Anonymous , 22-05-2010
Jake, bodyboarder from LA - how's it? had the pleasure of surfing this spot today in 10-12 ft surf, absolutely glassy!
a few pointers:
1. at low tide, you can walk along the shore to the private beach on the navy part of the base. only a 15 minute stroll from the gate.
2. the boats cost $10 now (according to the drivers i talked to). it's $2 to take a taxi to la chocolatera and have the driver go a bit further up the road, right up to where the beach at the navy part of the base is. fyi, the cab will enter the army gate and you will run into a guard where the road transitions to the navy part of the base. tell him you only want to check out the waves for a moment. you can just send the cab back.. they may give you a bit of hassle when you walk out of the gate without a pass though.. unless you use the shore at low tide ;-)
3. the first part of the wave is pretty fast. if you get sectioned off, it's easiest to ride it out for a bit and then paddle over to where the wave fattens up on your way back out.
4. if it gets croweded, line up at the back of the guys with skill, but ahead of the kooks. i got plenty of waves that way. a lot of the guys up front will keep taking off really deep, trying to one-up each other. a lot of time they won't make the first section, and you can jump in.. as always, be carefull and show respect.
enjoy this wave!
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