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Old 09-04-2006   #11
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November Surf

The North Shore (Hawaii) usually has really good conditions in November, there will be some huge days but you can always go to the spots that don't take the swell full on or go to the west side. I would say that at least half of the days would be head high or a bit more at Lani's and Chuns and along the 7 miles from Haleiwa to Sunset there are numerous world class breaks that will all range in size so you're not stuck with the big ones, I think it's your best bet for guaranteed waves, I lived and surfed there for 5 years.

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Old 09-04-2006   #12
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua is awesome! if you want a chill surf town, cheap living, and great waves this is the place. if you're looking for a little more adventure Playa El Zonte in El Salvador is amazing. It is 30 minutes from the airport and off the beaten path. good luck deciding...B

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Old 09-04-2006   #13
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If you speak some spanish check out Madera beach north of San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua. Most of the surfers speak english, but getting there is the trick. The surf fits the full range of surfing skills. Boards can be rented for a fraction of CR prices in San Juan Del Sur, and the scene is much less commerical. Catch it before the area gets too exploited. It feels much more real and authentic than Costa Rica. Ck out Matilda or Mahagual (sp?) or Morgan's Rock for lodging rather than San Juan Del Sur. All are walking distance to Madera. And don't forget the Moon guide--preferred guidebook of Peace Corp volunteers (who know whats up).

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Old 09-05-2006   #14
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I am looking for a kid friendly surf town. I have done Sayulita a couple of times. It is getting a bit more crowded esp in feb. I counted one time 50 people trying to catch just the break over the rocks. I have had a great time there, but looking for something new in Jan-feb. Is San Jaun del Sur kid friendly. i.e.- is there any tidal pools for them to play in? Good food and decent places to stay??

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Old 09-05-2006   #15
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Sipacate surf camp is a cheap ,mellow place to learn,on the Pacific coast of Guatemala.Take a cheap flight to Guat. City,head straight from the airport to Antigua{getting to Sipacate from GC is a logistical nightmare},arrange the $10 shuttle to Sipacate for as early as possible the next day,enjoy Antigua for a night.
At the camp they have lessons,rentals ,and accomadations.You get in an early session,laze around in a hammock during the brutally hot day,then go out for a late afternoon session.There are some ruins in the area to check out.
After you get the hang of it head down to El Salvador, a couple hour bus ride,for better surf.Just over the border and inland a bit is Parque Nacional El Impossible and the town of Tacuba,where you will find excellent hiking and untouched rivers to scout.You could also climb one of the volcanos near Antigua if you want a non-surf day.
Whereever you go have a great trip.
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Old 09-05-2006   #16
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Come learn to long board on Brazil's Island of Magic, Florianopolis. I will be down there all fall and if you need a place to stay, I can get you hooked up for cheap. I also have a friend with 3 nice long boards in his garage and know some surf instructors.

The weather will be near perfect 75-80 degrees and the waves are great that time of year (before the south american summer doldrums hit). The biggest problem is getting there but once there, you will feel like you were in Malibu in the late 60s. Laided back kind people, great weather, amazing beaches and surf and November is still the "off season" down there so prices are insane.

I rent an amazing 2 bedroom apartment with internet, cable tv, 2 years old, pimp furniture and granite everything, with all bills included for $450/month. The plane ticket is expensive though...

Let me know if you are interested in coming this far and I can do recon on

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