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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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 Punta Ballenas

Peru, North

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Simple, breaks just to the south of Mancora's point. Just drive to Mancora and look for a hotel called the Punta Ballena, breaks right out in front.

English (Translate this text in English): Simple, breaks just to the south of Mancora's point. Just drive to Mancora and look for a hotel called the Punta Ballena, breaks right out in front.

English (Translate this text in English): Simple, breaks just to the south of Mancora's point. Just drive to Mancora and look for a hotel called the Punta Ballena, breaks right out in front.

English (Translate this text in English): Simple, breaks just to the south of Mancora's point. Just drive to Mancora and look for a hotel called the Punta Ballena, breaks right out in front.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest

Good wind directionEast, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Ballena, unlike most waves in this region, breaks best on big SW and W swells. Summer swells tend to peel too fast. A fast down the line tube ride. Never as crowded as Mancora but not as reliable either. Closes out above 6-7 feet. A good alternative if the point is too crowded. Too many rocks at low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Ballena, unlike most waves in this region, breaks best on big SW and W swells. Summer swells tend to peel too fast. A fast down the line tube ride. Never as crowded as Mancora but not as reliable either. Closes out above 6-7 feet. A good alternative if the point is too crowded. Too many rocks at low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Ballena, unlike most waves in this region, breaks best on big SW and W swells. Summer swells tend to peel too fast. A fast down the line tube ride. Never as crowded as Mancora but not as reliable either. Closes out above 6-7 feet. A good alternative if the point is too crowded. Too many rocks at low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Ballena, unlike most waves in this region, breaks best on big SW and W swells. Summer swells tend to peel too fast. A fast down the line tube ride. Never as crowded as Mancora but not as reliable either. Closes out above 6-7 feet. A good alternative if the point is too crowded. Too many rocks at low tide.

Atmosphere

Mancora is a great town! Easy lodging, eating and drinking!

English (Translate this text in English): Mancora is a great town! Easy lodging, eating and drinking!

English (Translate this text in English): Mancora is a great town! Easy lodging, eating and drinking!

English (Translate this text in English): Mancora is a great town! Easy lodging, eating and drinking!

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By Jose , 12-02-2006

Punta Ballenas - This spot is very close tu Mancora spot (left side). You can get there by a 3 minutes walk. Basically is a very fast left were you can get nice barrels. Be there at 5.45 - 6 am when there´s a medium - big swell going off. The problem is that at this hour the tide is very low and you can get lots of trouble with hidden and sharp rocks.

By anonymous , 15-05-2005

HEY HARRY - Say hi to Harry at the Ballena hostel for me, he's the owner and well known in Mancora

By derekhena@hotmail.com , 12-10-2003

Simply a Jewel ! - This is a great place to practice for El Hueco and Panic Point. Very fast, don't dally! When this place is really going off most locals head to Panic, El Hueco/Lobitos, so you can get some sick waves with minimal crowd. Strong W swells spells tubitos! Because this wave works best with STRONG SW or W wintertime swells, know that this packs a much stronger punch than Mancora's point, and that a wipeout on the first or second wave of a set means a punishing welcome against sharp, shallow rocks. 2 Meters is a scary thing so close to the rocks! Wear a helmet and ten cuidado!

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