Chicama

Trip Start Feb 16, 2006
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Trip End Feb 16, 2009


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Sunday, April 30, 2006

We rocked up to our accommodation El Hombre hostel at about 10am to find a small but perfect line up at Chicama. The wave when big rolls its ay down a series of points and finishes down in front of the El Hombre hostel. Its hard to imagine just how long this wave is.

Anyways the day we arrived it was only really working from the closest point as the swell was pretty small but the rides were still a couple of hundred meters long. There was already a heap of crew in the lineup but I couldn't wait to get out there. By the time we had walked 20 minutes out to the point and paddled out there was a local fishing boat which had been hired by a bunch of Brazilians cruising up and down the lineup so they didn't have to paddle.
The shape of the line up causes a large tow which will drag you from the point to the hostel quicker than you could walk the distance. This means that as soon as you hit the water you are constantly paddling to stay in position for a wave. It was basically like swimming against one of those jet pools where you go nowhere but you just have to keep going its bloody hard work.

Even though the Brazilians in the boat took a lot of the waves I still managed to get some really nice long waves and was stoked to be surfing a wave desired by surfers all over the world.

The El Hombre hostel was basic but comfy and friendly. We woke the next morning to find a very small lineup so decided it best to move on again. Some friends we had made told us about a good hostel up in Pacasmayo only about 2 hours north. So we packed up said our good byes and jumped on the local bus.
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