Surfing a new spot 🏄🏼🗺

When surfing on a new spot…
At the moment i’m in France 🇫🇷. As I was looking at the waves it got me thinking if all the thing we have to keep in mind when you go out somewhere new.


Surfing somewhere new is always exciting. When you see a new spot with pumping waves first instinct is: screw it, going out. We all do that but that’s the easiest recipe for disaster.🚫☠
When you go to a new country or any other spot you have to keep in mind that all the waves🌊, spots🏝 and conditions🌦 varies. That’s why is really important to always watch it for a few minutes. Check the current, check the crowd, check the waves and all surroundings really. 

Currents may sometimes be your friend but being honest here most of the time they are not, always keep in mind the more you fight it the worst. If stuck in a current and you can not really function: relax, float and raise your hand for assistance🙋🏽. But best recommendation is to swim parallel to the beach, toward the breaking waves🏊🏽. But you can really avoid this by assessing the situation before you get out there.
You could be surrounded by really good surfers and you can also be surrounded by full on beginners. If you are really annoyed by them you have two options: try and be away from them or go to another spot where there will be no beginners. Is no use getting out there and getting mad at them if you already knew they were out there. 
Is good to know what kind of waves you like, rocks or no rocks?

 There are different breaks and that’s another thing you have to keep in mind. The most common ones are:
Beach break- Is mostly sand. The waves focus on the sandbars where is pretty shallow and loose energy on the deep parts, that would be the channels.
Point break- Ok to make it easy and not to scientific🔎. We can say that a point is like a headland. When the wave approach with all it’s power it’ll hit the point making it spread all the energy instead of focusing in one spot. On a point you will probably surf weaker waves but they are long and they won’t go smaller as you go down the line. 
Reef- the reef waves are more powerfull ones. Sometimes deep and sometimes really shallow. Usually when you surf on a reef break is recommended to have a bit of experience because it hurts. So what happens is that when the waves hit the reef it sort of slows down then it’ll mostly go left and right. It will keep going the same speed but then in the shallow section it gets heavy and fast and well barrels. Something sort of like pipeline… Familiar?

So these are some of the few thing you have to keep in mind when you visit somewhere new. 🗺✈️🏄🏼 

Enjoy all your journeys and try the local food. I know I am enjoying it.🧀🍷

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5 travel tips for every girl’s surf trip

Surf trips, to me, are one of the most important things I will do in the whole year. Some are very well planned, others are just better to enjoy spontaneously.
However, there are a couple of things I always take into consideration when traveling for surf.

1. Surf board!

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It’s so important to bring the right boards for your surf trips. It can make a world of a difference!
“The key to good surfing is tied to finding your personal magic volume and dimensions”.
Volume is something that a lot of shapers are tallking about these days. Finding the right volume in your board is essential to finding the right board.” Always have in mind your weight and current skills. I definitely recommend you always take more than one board. I do not recommend you take new boards unless you have another one, you know works for you.

2 Research some info about the breaks you are surfing.

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Before traveling, read some information about the waves, tides, currents and swells of you destination breaks so you can be prepared with the right boards to get the most out of your surf. If you are taking a board for smaller waves and did not notice a swell was hitting, you will probably feel uncomfortable on the waves. I have had a couple of “not so good” experiences at the beginning because I was not aware of the conditions or types of breaks I was going to surf! I personally love reading Lonely planet guides but for a surf trip I definitely enjoyed The World Stormrider Guide, Vol. 3 (Stormrider Surf Guides). They also have guides for many countries, with very useful info.
 

3. Surf Camps are a good option for beginners!

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If you love traveling and just started surfing in your home breaks and wanted to have the amazing experience of surfing in another country, I would totally say “go for it”. However, you should know that every surf spot around the world is different from the other and they all have their particular ways to be surfed. This is why it is always better for beginner or experienced surfers to connect with a surf camp so they can provide you with the best knowledge and service so you can get out the most of your surf trip. You can take a guided surf tour for a couple of days so you can get to know the wave, currents etc and if you feel confident afterwards, you can keep going on your own. This is also a great way to go on a hassle free trip since camps usually provide everything, from food to accommodations.
Read our last post about surf camps: The magic about Surf Camps

4. Please, please please, pack a first aid kit!

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This is a no brainer. Bring a First Aid Only All-purpose First Aid Kit, Soft Case (131 Piece) for you and a ding repair for your board. Surf breaks with rock or reef bottom usually leave some souvenirs on our bodies and your boards, so be advised! Take some insect repellent while you are at it! Mosquitoes can be such a pain!

5. Bring spare fins, leashes, boards, bikinis, everything!

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Girls, you never know when your equipment might fail you so be prepared. Take an extra of everything, from boards, sunscreen, rash guards, sun glasses, fins, to leashes. It is better to be covered on all ends. I can’t even remember the amount of stuff I have lost during surf trips, so now I try to pack in pairs because I know eventually something breaks or  goes missing.
Remember these tips! They will definitely come in handy!
 

The magic about Surf Camps

I’m pretty sure that wherever you choose to do your surf trip you can find a surf camp. There are surf camps all around the world for all types of surfers. When you go to a new country the best way to get to know the place and the waves is to stay in a surf camp. Not to mention all the people that you will meet, people who will potentially be you next surf pals. There is no wrong way to do a surf trip, either you find your own way (but that is mostly for endless travelers) or go straight to where the source is (surf camps). The truth is the vibes on a surf camp are always so mellow and laid back. Now, my only advice: Find one with a few hammocks.

Here are a few that TroppoSurf has visited, tried, love and even work:

Chica Brava:
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
This is an all women surf camp. Around SJDS you will find everything you need: good food, good shopping (checkout Auric store) and you will definitely find the best waves around. Chica Brava will not only take to the best lineups but it’ll make you the queen of the pick. The packages include food, surf, accommodation and yoga. Check the chicas website for more information http://www.chicabrava.com/

Salada suf camp:
El Salvador
Salada is an all women surf camp located in the land of the rights, El Salvador. Here you will get to not only holiday on a heavenly place but you will get to improve your surfing with perfect waves every day. You will go and surf around the best spots of El Salvador and practice yoga to stretch out those surfing muscles that will definitely need stretching. Want more info? Check out: http://www.saladasurf.com/

Barefoot Surf Travel:
All around the world…
This amazing company from Canada has different locations in only the best surfing countries around the world: Indonesia, Nicaragua and Ecuador (so far). They make sure they have the local knowledge to only surf the best spots. With Barefoot you will walk around town like you’ve been there forever. The people who are part of this company will make you feel like family in no time. Check them out:http://www.barefootsurftravel.com/

Stoke Travel Van Surfari
Spain and France
If you are more of a van kind of person and want to explore European waves then I recommend Stoke Travel. They do an unforgettable trip through the Basque country. You will camp and drive around Spain and France living the search for waves. Finding empty line-ups and delicious food along the way, it will be the trip of a lifetime. Find more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001091420006162/

Gangs can’t surf!

Ever dreamt about traveling to empty lineups with amazing tropical backgrounds, drinking fresh coconut water for .25 cents and surfing with friendly locals and relax like a queen for half the price of any other surf destination?

When thinking about surf destinations, women are usually given the advice of going to safe and touristic dense places such as Costa Rica (which is simply breathtaking) . We believe that if you have this mindset you are really missing out  on some amazing  places off the beaten path.

There is a small country with everything you want for a surf trip and more…We cant get enough of this place. Our only advice now is to disregard every negative comment you have been told about traveling to Central America, and in this case, El Salvador. You should try and see for your self. I hope this article will spike your curiosity of trying Central America and will help you to make the most out of your adventure!

3 reasons to go on a surf trip to El Salvador

1. Gangs can’t surf!

It is already known that El Salvador is categorized as one of the most dangerous countries in the world and San Salvador as one of the most violent cities in the world. As saddening as this information can be, the reality of tourists in the country is very different to the violence Salvadorans can be exposed to day to day. Hey! Gang’s can’t surf! They are usually not even in the areas and surf towns tourist are in. They are not even interested in bothering tourists, they make money out of extorsions made to local people and businesses (this is so sickening to me).

I have been traveling and living on and off in this awesome country for more than 4 years and I just can’t get enough questions about security in El Salvador. Almost everyone that knows I have been in there ask me the same thing; “Isn’t that place extremely dangerous? Why do you keep going there?” We’ll I’m certainly going back for a reason! It is paradise

 

2. Uncrowded line ups and consistent waves year-round.

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El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, however it has many incredible series of world-class rights that break for several hundred yards. And if you’re a little bit adventurous, you can enjoy a good number of breaks with only a handful of surfers in the lineup. The best news is that even though it is such a small country, it has miles and miles of uncrowded surf spots for you to choose from. You will definitely get spoiled the minute you jump in the water and catch wave after wave after wave with only a couple of surfers around you and an amazing scenery with cliffs and mountains in the background.

El Salvador is also well-known for its very consistent waves. I will talk about two seasons you can choose to come to El Salvador. One of them is the wet season which is between March and October. During the wet season, when the biggest surf arrives from the Southern Hemisphere, is the time where most intermediate and experienced surfers come to the country to surf. If you’re traveling in mid-July expect to see the surf at some of the points occasionally grow to 15 feet…and hold. During the dry season, November through March, you can also surf smaller waves in the 3- to 6-foot range. This is the perfect season for beginners and intermediate surfers to enjoy small but consistent waves.  Year-round the water temperature is between 80 and 85 degrees so you will feel you are in tropical paradise!

   3. Magical sunsets in El Tunco Surf Town

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Sunsets are incredible in any part of the country. However, one of my favorite spots to enjoy El Salvador’s magical sunsets is this little gem in the coast line.  The energy felt around sunsets is amazing. Tourists and locals, all gather around the beach walkway to experience this colorful event while listening to music and watching all of the surfers cruising down the sunset colored waves. Sunset time is one of my favorite times of the day in El Tunco.

The surf is very consistent and for all levels, having two different breaks, a rocky pointbreak named Sunzal and a rivermouth with left and rights named Bocana. El Tunco is a two street town full amazing restaurants, hotels and bars, very popular for the live music parties during the weekends.El Tunco is full of restaurants, cafes and bars, and there is food for all budgets.  There are many small family businesses that offer seafood and fried fish at low prices.

The beach is well known for its parties every weekend and there is live music from different genres: from rock concerts, reggae and salsa. El Tunco has several bars and restaurants, among them “LaGuitarra”, with a bohemian and relaxed atmosphere, Blu Bar, where the party is nonstop, with music and drinks until dawn. Depending on what your preferences are, you definitely have plenty of options. You can choose between relaxed and layed back surf spots and beaches, to touristy party towns like El Tunco.

4. Pupusas, and seafood!

I never thought that such a simple food could be so delicious! Besides it is such a pocket friendly, breakfast, lunch or dinner option, it really has an addictive flavor to it. It doesn’t get more Salvadoran than a plate of fresh, hot pupusas—fried corn flour filled with beans, cheese, and other ingredients such as zuccini,pork, garlic and  topped of with curtido (pickled cabbage) and spicy tomato sauce.

I have eaten more seafood in El Salvador El Salvador than in my entire life. Thanks to the country’s long coastline, fresh seafood is a must to eat, everywhere, all the time!  La Libertad has a wonderful seafood market that extends all the way out onto the pier.  In almost every beach you can find fishermen selling the catch-of-the-day right off their boats.

5. You get so much more for your money

El Salvador is paradise not only because of its amazing beaches, people, food or surf but because you experience all of that with half the money you would need to go anywhere else. I have known many tourists that go to El Salvador expecting to stay for a couple of weeks and end up staying months because they fall in love with the country and have not yet spent nearly half of what they thought they would.

If you ever decide to go on a surf trip  to El Salvador you will definitely be going back more than once, for these reasons and many more you will find out for your self!

 

 

 

Inspiration…Do you have it?

When you love something everything becomes and inspiration. And when it comes to surfing we’re talking about love at first sight. Starting to surf is like being 5 years old and getting that toy you really really wanted only that with surfing it never gets old and that’s the feeling you get every time you surf.
Good thing about surfing is that you only need a board and the desire to do it. With time sometimes we get judgemental over waves and conditions, but hey…surf is surf and I promise you won’t regret going for a quick paddle. It may end up being the best surf…yet

So, inspiration? IS SURFING! That’s inspirational enough. But really: you workout; you feel emotionally, physically and mentally better (that’s a fact); you meet new people; you get to go to the ocean and interact with the big Mother Nature. But biggest inspirations of all should be you, why? Because surfing = happiness

The journey begins…

A little about us…

We have been friends since forever! We played soccer together, went to the same sports boarding school, after that, we went to college together, worked together, started surfing and traveling together until we graduated. After graduation, constant travel has distanced us from surfing and traveling together for a couple of years.

During a quick visit to my home in Puerto Rico (yeah, I live where you vacation!) we finally went together for a quick summer surf. One of the days we went surfing while I was visiting, we came to the idea of sharing our travel experiences with other people who want to travel to surf. In our opinion, traveling has opened our hearts and soul to see the world and all of its beauty. We think that sharing our adventures enriches other’s desire to discover, dare and experience… however you want to call it, just go for it.

We are here to share every exciting and not so exciting moment while traveling and surfing. We will also talk about everything that has worked for us while on our surf trips, from surf gear, bikinis, boards, bags, food, hostels…. everything! So stay posted!