Chile's best surf town

Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
Trip End Mar 15, 2013

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

A few hours of Viņa, my friends and I took a road trip down to Pichilemu. It was known as one of the best surf spots in all of Chile. The town embraces the surfer culture and there are many surfers (local and foreign) who surf regularly.

We went to surf at Punta de Lobos and it was pretty fun. I had a hard time catching the waves because the water was freezing! It was almost paralyzing and made it hard to smoothly get up and stand on the board. (Of course, my wetsuit was on the thin side too.) The more advanced waves (which I wasn't comfortable surfing yet) were cleaner and "easier" to surf on, for those who knew how. Thus, I could understand why people would drive for hours to get here.

The wave is called a point break, where the waves come in a relatively predictable fashion. Other examples may be found in Hawaii (e.g. Jaws) and in Californian (e.g. Mavericks). These types of waves built up and are huge in the winter time. I'd love to go back again and visit once I'm better at surfing.
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