Our two 360° Surf ambassadors, Pauline and Fabien, have just returned from their surftrip in Nicaragua and they tell us about their trip to the other side of the world...
360° Surf: How long did you stay there? Which spots did you ride?
Pauline and Fabien: We stayed for a month. We surfed on the spots of : Popoyo (expert), Magnific Rock (all levels), Rancho Santana (expert), Masachapa (all levels), Pochomil (all levels) and Las Penitas (intermediate).
How did you approach your trip? How did you organise it?
Our motto was "less preparation for more surprise"! We had booked flights to Managua, then 360° sent us to test a surf camp in Popoyo for 4 days. The airport-surf camp transfer was assured, we woke up with our feet in the sand, the rest was done on the fly!
Why did you choose Nicaragua?
We wanted to go to Central America, it's one of the least known and safest surf destinations at the moment. With 300 days of waves and offshore wind per year, there is little chance of being disappointed. We were also attracted by the diversity of the landscape, its volcanoes and lakes which allowed us to do some hiking.
Tell us about the atmosphere in the line-up?
Popoyo is the most crowded spot, you can sometimes run into uncooperative locals. However, we did not encounter any particular problems. You just have to be cool and relaxed. The frequency of waves is quite high, so there is something for everyone. On the other spots, we were often alone (with some turtles!)
What is the difference with the French waves at this time of the year?
The temperature! Forget your wetsuit, the water is 30°C! Consistent waves that grow, easy to surf and waves for all levels. A paradise!
What is your best memory / scare?
We had no scares during our stay in Nicaragua. Whether it was on the waves or during our excursions. The best thing about Nicaragua is to take your time and live to the rhythm of your encounters and discoveries...
What are your good plans in Nicaragua (spots, to see, to do, where to eat)? In short, what is life like there?
Our Nicaragua To Do List :
- Surfing almost deserted spots
- Eating gallo pinto (especially at Cafe de las sonrisas in Granada)
- Drinking batidos and Tona
- Climb at least two volcanoes
- Discover the fantastic Ometepe Island
- Travelling by chicken bus
- Chill out in a hammock with a good book
- Find the natural pool of Guasacate
- Try the "barbero Nica" experience
- Meet and spend time with the locals
In one word, how would you sum up your experience ? What advice would you give to a future globetrotter?
Colourful, welcoming, varied, surfing, chill, nature, landscapes, gourmet, funny, warm, PERFECT!
Go if you like authenticity but don't waste time... Book your surf camp now at Nicaragua.