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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 La Isla

Peru, Lima

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 12° 20.425' S
Longitude: 76° 49.355' W

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 Access

This spot is right in front of the resort of Punta Hermosa, at 43km on the Panamerican (South).

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is right in front of the resort of Punta Hermosa, at 43km on the Panamerican (South).

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is right in front of the resort of Punta Hermosa, at 43km on the Panamerican (South).

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is right in front of the resort of Punta Hermosa, at 43km on the Panamerican (South).

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomFlat rocks with sand

PowerHollow, Fast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionSouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Urchins

 Additional Information

Park up front in Punta Hermosa. Two access points for the wave. Either go to the middle of the bay and paddle directly ou, usually there is a direct channel to the wave, or walk right to the small headland/island and go in off the narrowest part of the causeway, paddeling through the remnants of the soft left.

La Isla is essentially a right, but a softer left wave peels most days. On big days this re-forms close to the beach and is enjoyed mostly by bodyboarders. The right, picks up steeply out in the middle of the bay over a rock platform, giving quality waves. In really big conditions, the bommie can throw up some huge faces. However, as it is between Pica Alta and Kon Tiki, it is less famous than these bigger brothers.
This area has little tidal movement, so the quality of the wave depends more on the size of the swell than on the tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Park up front in Punta Hermosa. Two access points for the wave. Either go to the middle of the bay and paddle directly ou, usually there is a direct channel to the wave, or walk right to the small headland/island and go in off the narrowest part of the causeway, paddeling through the remnants of the soft left.<br /><br />La Isla is essentially a right, but a softer left wave peels most days. On big days this re-forms close to the beach and is enjoyed mostly by bodyboarders. The right, picks up steeply out in the middle of the bay over a rock platform, giving quality waves. In really big conditions, the bommie can throw up some huge faces. However, as it is between Pica Alta and Kon Tiki, it is less famous than these bigger brothers.<br />This area has little tidal movement, so the quality of the wave depends more on the size of the swell than on the tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Park up front in Punta Hermosa. Two access points for the wave. Either go to the middle of the bay and paddle directly ou, usually there is a direct channel to the wave, or walk right to the small headland&#47;island and go in off the narrowest part of the causeway, paddeling through the remnants of the soft left.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;La Isla is essentially a right, but a softer left wave peels most days. On big days this re-forms close to the beach and is enjoyed mostly by bodyboarders. The right, picks up steeply out in the middle of the bay over a rock platform, giving quality waves. In really big conditions, the bommie can throw up some huge faces. However, as it is between Pica Alta and Kon Tiki, it is less famous than these bigger brothers.&lt;br &#47;&gt;This area has little tidal movement, so the quality of the wave depends more on the size of the swell than on the tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Park up front in Punta Hermosa. Two access points for the wave. Either go to the middle of the bay and paddle directly ou, usually there is a direct channel to the wave, or walk right to the small headland&amp;#47;island and go in off the narrowest part of the causeway, paddeling through the remnants of the soft left.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;La Isla is essentially a right, but a softer left wave peels most days. On big days this re-forms close to the beach and is enjoyed mostly by bodyboarders. The right, picks up steeply out in the middle of the bay over a rock platform, giving quality waves. In really big conditions, the bommie can throw up some huge faces. However, as it is between Pica Alta and Kon Tiki, it is less famous than these bigger brothers.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;This area has little tidal movement, so the quality of the wave depends more on the size of the swell than on the tide.

Atmosphere

Usually a mellow beach, but it can be one of the more popular places around, so the usual problems can and do occur: thankfully Peruvians are pretty cool people and haven't (yet) been influenced by the American and European 'attitude surfers'....

English (Translate this text in English): Usually a mellow beach, but it can be one of the more popular places around, so the usual problems can and do occur: thankfully Peruvians are pretty cool people and haven't (yet) been influenced by the American and European 'attitude surfers'....

English (Translate this text in English): Usually a mellow beach, but it can be one of the more popular places around, so the usual problems can and do occur: thankfully Peruvians are pretty cool people and haven't (yet) been influenced by the American and European 'attitude surfers'....

English (Translate this text in English): Usually a mellow beach, but it can be one of the more popular places around, so the usual problems can and do occur: thankfully Peruvians are pretty cool people and haven't (yet) been influenced by the American and European 'attitude surfers'....

General

A very popular spot, due to the quality of the wave, and to the fact that it is one of the few good rights in the area (see als Caballeros). A challenging wave as the take-off is fickle.

English (Translate this text in English): A very popular spot, due to the quality of the wave, and to the fact that it is one of the few good rights in the area (see als Caballeros). A challenging wave as the take-off is fickle.

English (Translate this text in English): A very popular spot, due to the quality of the wave, and to the fact that it is one of the few good rights in the area (see als Caballeros). A challenging wave as the take-off is fickle.

English (Translate this text in English): A very popular spot, due to the quality of the wave, and to the fact that it is one of the few good rights in the area (see als Caballeros). A challenging wave as the take-off is fickle.

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La Isla
De sirponij
Mai 16, 2008
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Mais...
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La Isla
De Splaktar
Fev 21, 2008
Beach break fun - Took a friend down to learn some bodyboarding basics in the beach break at La Isla. Had a good time and we both caught quite a few waves. Didn't hit the sand too hard, but certainly had some solid wipeouts. Buddy bloodied up his knee with a co
Mais...
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La Isla
De Splaktar
Jan 20, 2008
Paddle-fest - Checked out the surf earlier in the day, but due to it being a Sunday, every decent spot was over crowded.  Decided to wait until around 5pm when most of the Sunday crowd heads back to Lima.  Was looking for somewhat of a beginners spot for
Mais...
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La Isla
De Splaktar
Jan 17, 2008
Decent - Took out the longboard for another session.  Sprained my ankle a couple weeks ago and Doc said not to stand up surf until the 18th.  So mostly just worked on paddling and such.  Did catch one decent wave that was a good deal of white w
Mais...
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La Isla
De Splaktar
Jan 14, 2008
First solid session of the new year - This was my best surf session yet this year. The waves were much larger than last week (6-9 foot swells, 13s period). Playa Norte was pretty sloppy so we went to La Isla which was great (low crowds on a Monday). Kon Tiki was huge (not quite ready for
Mais...

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By brukuns , 15-05-2012

Sea Urchins - Hey guys... I'm from Brazil, I'm used to surfing beasch breaks... so my question is... are sea urchins really a problem? do I need a pair of booties to surf here?

I just want to know how likely it is to step on a urchin at La Isla... feel kinda ackward surfing in Booties.

Gracias!

By brukuns , 15-05-2012

Prejudice against brazilians a problem? - Hey guys, I'm going to Punta Hermosa this October, will stay at La Isla... I read a great deal about the plaace, and it seems peruvian surfers really hold a grudge against brazilians.

I understand that some (actually most) brazilians are jerks, I hate that as well. However I'm not like that at all. I respect everyone, never drop in, and pretty much just try to have a good time out in the water.

My concern is, do you think I will have a hard time there just for being a Brazilian? I hope I don't have a hard time over there because other brazilians trash the place.

What do you think?

Aloha!

By HBcruiser , 14-09-2011

La Rotonda Surf Hostal in Punta Hermosa - I have been coming to Peru for years and have spent plenty of time staying in several places around punta hermosa and my favorite is La Rotonda Surf Hostal. The owner Javier is the local shaper and not to mention an excellent surfer, he will share his local knowledge with you and make sure you get the best waves possible during your stay. The hotel is inside the punta hermosa communtiy, not outside. Maritas is good if your really on a budget, but her place is definalty further from the surf being out of the community. You must go down the cliff into the Hermosa community every time you want to surf and you will be paying full price for a taxi to take you surfing at the other breaks in the area if you to explore which you probably will. The dollar or two you save with her will be spent elsewhere. Javier will drive you on surf trips to the other breaks and you will get to paddle out with a local, you will be stoked for sure. This is for sure the place to stay in Hermosa, especially if your there for more than a few days. The waves in southern peru are amazing but like anywhere in the world you must be in the right place at the right time! Ask the security guards at the gate at the community entrance and ask for La Rotunda or ask around everbody knows him. Javiers place is the spot if you want the best waves and a nice place to stay with very reasonable pricing especially for longer stays in hermosa, go for it you will not regret it! Peru is amazing and he can help you set your trip up right!

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