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Ground way: By the Km 663 of the North Panamericana. OK for all kinds of vehicle. Also by bus. Air Way: Flights to the cities of Trujillo and Chiclayo. Pacasmayo is a small costal town, based on a cement works and a small fishing port. When in the town head to the sea front and then through a maze of streets heading south up over the low cliffs and out 2km south to the point.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
The spot is very rocky reef, you have to be carefull and it is preferable for you to use booties. It´s a good idea to first have a look at the spot at low tide to check out the form of the reef, because where the wave breaks there are dangerous rocksThere is a STRONG current that increases depending of the size of the swell. The waves are high, fast, powerful and very long. Good paddle and long Surfboards are necessary. Watch out for the strong easterlies that blow here, these can knock the wave into a pile of mush.
The thing is that when a really big-big southern swell reaches the peruvian shores, Pacasmayo breaks 4 meters plus (about 12 feet) and the wave really has no end... its longer than chicama,and, of course, much bigger, a 4 m. + wave longer than chicama!!!! it seems the wave is going in direction to the east- in direction to Australia, and not to the shore.. its amazing ... you need a 7'4" minimum... You just have to be here in the right time... only breaks 2 or 3 times like this in all the year, i surf it like this only once, about 4 years ago.. i'm from Lima and always travel there when I can...
Classical and very long wave. In good days more than 1 Km !!!. It´s a spot that you can´t miss surfing if you came to Peru. You can always find foreign surfers here. If Chicama is too small, head for Pacasmayo - it picks up much more swell.
Pacasmayo, despite the few colonial buildings on the front, is not a pretty town. A few hostals exist, although most were closed when I was there last!
By Le DJE , 21-12-2011
Session septembre 2000 - Salut,
Fin aout à début septembre 2000,une grosse houle 12 feet 4 m (6 m de face)- le premier bowl(80m) fini par un coude la vague est épaisse et grise, mais belle,légèrement crantée,mais déroule bien,ne pas tomber car présence de rocher au début du deuxième bowl(100m) qui lui est moins tendu.Mieux vaut partir à l'inside pour être dans le rythme de la vague.Plus c'est gros plus il y a un courant de dingue pour atteindre la fin du deuxième bowl,après il n'y en a plus du tout(20 minutes mini de la beach). Planche péruvienne recommandée dans le gros(Whilar wayo).Maxi 7 vagues par session de 2h car la vague est longue une dizaine de bowl.Attention s'arreter à mi-vague car sinon trop de rame pour revenir et sortie dans champs d'oursin costauds. Sinon le vent est toujours le même cross offshore de sud-est.Sauf le premier bowl qui est calientissime le reste c'est du beurre quand c'est gros, avec beaucoup de changement de rythme d'un bowl a l'autre.Vague de légende qui prend la houle bien mieux qu'ailleurs aux alentours (chicama - puemape)- 1 gros swell c'est 8 jours dont 5 à plus de 3 m 10 feet. Personne à l'eau, locaux sympas 3 maxi - Merci à Juan-Manuel D de m'avoir fait découvrir cette vague en 1996 - Incredible Halucinante - Pour Gros swell bonne condition recommandée + creme anti-inflamatoire.
By Anonymous , 03-08-2010
urchins - I surfed this wave in 2002 stayed there about 3 weeks its a nice wave its a bit sad to hear about the boats in the line they stink but i can understand it sometimes when its big you need to paddle constantly just to stay still one problem is getting out the discription of this wave says were booties but the problem is it goes to shallow on the inside to paddle when about 70m off the beach so you have to walk in over the urchins which got strait through booties even if you tread lightly so my only solution (after getting loads of urchins in my feet) was to paddle out with one sandal stuffed down the front off my wetsuit and one down after a session or after a really long one I just took them out of my suit and put them on and walked in no trouble.Look out for the big rock on take off on smaller days its all right once you realise you can take off deeper than it
By pb4sc , 03-05-2010
Can't wait to get back. - Stayed at Hotel El Faro for a week in December. Had a really great time. Pacasmayo is a really cool town, the food is mind blowing, and cheap. I felt safe the whole time, and people were super cool. Waves were chest to head high the whole week. The first day we had the zodiac bozos going, but they were not there the rest of the week. Only crowd was 4 other guys, but there was more than plenty of waves to go around, and that was only one day. Rest of the week was just me and my friends. Only bummer the whole trip was LAN airlines. They will not let you bring boards over 8 feet. I had to rent an old water logged longboard. Still was a great trip, and will be trying to get back ASAP.
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