One of the things I was really looking forward to doing on this trip was learning to surf. I have tried to surf a few times in my life, but never had consecutive days and the time to practice and get good.
There are many surf breaks and I highly recommend Nicaragua for all levels, from beginner to advanced. A few surf breaks that we checked out in Nicaragua were the Colorado, Maderas, and Remanso.
Playa Colorado is a beach break and rated as intermediate
Playa Maderas is beach break and rated as Beginner
Panga Drops is reef break and rated as Intermediate
I got the word that Maderas was probably the best spot for my level and decided to give it a shot. I took a shuttle from Casa Oro, that left from their hostel in San Juan Del Sur. It’s only 100 Cordoba’s or 5 bucks.
I rented an 8 ft 6 in board at the beach and was ready to rock. I am just a beginner and this beach was perfect for me. It was not crowded at all and I didn’t have to compete for a single wave the entire day. There are a few locals that surf all day and they were very nice and not territorial like I have seen and heard happens at other surf breaks. This break is great because the waves were consistent the entire day. The other nice thing is that the break is not very far out. Its a good fight to get out, but not as hard to get out to like some other breaks that have given me tons of trouble, for example Huntington beach California.
Since I had a great day the first day I figured why not give it another go the next day. Now with two consecutive days under my belt, I am starting to understand the fundamentals and feeling much more comfortable on the waves. I am hoping I can find similar conditions in Costa Rica.
Check out the short video of Playa Madaras: