Surfing in Nicaragua
So you didn’t know about Surfing in Nicaragua? Well, Nicaragua has built a solid reputation for awesome surf (and not just volcano boarding leon, have you guys done that?!) in recent years so I thought I’d dabble in a bit of it myself. Now I should add that I have only ever surfed twice before, I took a lesson in Indonesia for a couple of days and then a couple of months ago in El Salvador too both of which occasions had me face-first into wave after wave until finally, out of nowhere I caught a few waves. I’m a beginner, 100%, but I really wanted to try surfing in Nicaragua so I did some research and organised a few lessons.
Surfing in Nicaragua; Beginners or Experts?
Surfing in Nicaragua is building a name as a destination for expert surfers. But for beginners too, they thankfully cater to us too! I was in Leon, Nicaragua staying at the Hostel Colibri, when the owner told me that there was great surf less than an hour away and he was heading over to it the next day, would I like to join him. Yes, yes yes. And off we went.
Where do you go surfing in Nicaragua?
ThunderBomb Surf Camp, Nicaragua
Surfing in Nicaragua is great in the North West. From Leon, it’s about 80km, less than 2 hour drive.
The place he was talking about was the Thunderbomb Surf Camp, and it was gorgeous. These guys have made a surfer-haven in Central America. You come, stay on their camp for a week or whatever, have breakfast cooked for you in front of the ocean, they take you to one of the local surf spots where the swell is great that day. They cook you lunch, again in front of the ocean, then take you for round two at another surf spot, then dinner. Pretty bloody epic. I can seriously see myself coming here after I finish my ‘every country in the world’ quest and trying to finally learn how to surf properly. It’s heaven.
Bodyboarding and surfing in Nicaragua
I attacked the waves with a bodyboard all morning, first time I had tried bodyboarding – really fun, and although it’s not easy, it’s a hell of a lot easier than surfing, I assure you of that. After a couple of hours we chowed down on some local cooked breakfast, fresh coffee and I traded travel stories in exchange for these guys awesome surf stories. All in all, it was one hell of a day. I just need to figure out when I can come back. If you’re in Central America, massively, massively recommended guys. Happy travels.
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