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Latitude: 12° 20.85' S
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Access from Punta Hermosa beach (43km south of Lima) and paddle out (500+m) to the obvious peak between La Isla (north) and Punta Rocas (south). Alternatively paddle out from the north side of Punta Rocas; more white water but slightly shorter paddle.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomFlat rocks with sand
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Bring your Guns - this wave is sometimes considered as a training ground for Pico Alto.
As with Pico Alto, this is break is a long way out to sea: positioning oneself is hard - especially when the sets are widely spaced - and getting it wrong is not fun.
Tides are relatively unimportant - if the swell is there - it works.
This spot is less powerful, less hollow that Pico Alto, but is nonetheless a very serious wave. This can be a reasonable option when other breaks are crowded (on an intermediate swell) as few people bother to paddle out here.
As with all these south-Lima beaches : crowds in summer only.
By Anonymous , 26 Feb
Tsunami ridden here - This is the spot where a tsunami was ridden way back in the 1960s. A couple of surfers got sucked out to sea and then rode some waves in, they didnt know they were tsunamis until the same waves they rode at sea kept going and crashed into the houses on the shoreline.
By lopez , 21-04-2007
Kontiki - In february of 99 I surfed this huge wave. It was an amazing experience, 'cos you get the paddle a lot to get to the break, besides, I went there with nobody on the outside, so it was pretty much dificult to find the right place to wait the sets. Punta Rocas was great as well as La Isla but I coudn't left Peru without surf that wave. In a few minutes, there were 4 or more guys out there by my side, all in 7'5'' plus boards. Well that was my first experience in real big surf, and it helped me a lot, 'cos is a relatively easy wave to ride.I'm going back there this year and wait to surf there again.
By Vikingo , 06-03-2006
Amazing Kon Tiki - In summer 2005 I spent 1 month at Punta Hermosa, waves every day and lots of surfers out at La Isla and Punta Rocas, but Kon Tiki which is about 20-25 min. paddle hardly ever have surfers out.The quality of the wave is so so, at least during the time I was there, but you have almost every wave to yourself, and this wave is bigger than La Isla and Punta Rocas.From the balcony at Maritas you have a perfect view to these mentioned surfspots. Marita and Alfredo and their two sons are very friendly and Marita makes exellent food, keep your room clean,and the prize is reasonible. Her e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Have fun!
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