Nicaragua Trip Report – part 1

I just got back from Nicaragua.  Sunny weather, warm water, big clean waves – everything a surfer could ask for.

Flying out of Miami, my Dad and I arrived in Managua, and took a bumpy, dusty ride to the Surf Sanctuary about 3 hrs to the south.

The friendly American owners greeted us on our arrival.

We ate a delicious fresh-cooked meal and enjoyed the brand-new accomodations with pool table, AC, and internet.

I hoped to play poker during my stay, but the central american internet was good for email and chat but not stable enuogh for poker.

After dinner we took the short ride to the beach to check out the waves.

nicaragua beach picture

Dad, while playing pool, befriended a group of cheerful brazilian surfers.  The next morning we all drove north to Popoyo.

Popoyo is a fun, rippable wave, both lefts and rights.  Bigger sets would roll through periodically.


The tide rose and softened up the smaller waves.  We had a blast!


After lunch, the brazilians took us to an un-named surf spot they dubbed “little popoyo.”  The wave broke off a large outcropping of lava rock!  I kept my distance from the rock, but the brazilians would charge waves mere meters from the cliff.


Little popoyo breaks slowly, yielding big open faces for carves and cutbacks.   Lots of fun.


Surfed out, we ate a delicious dinner of locally grown chicken, vegetables, rice and beans at Surf Sanctuary, and crashed for the night.  Stay tuned for part 2!

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Add Your Comment (3) ↓

#1 Henri on 05.21.09 at 9:15 am

Hah, crazy brazilians.

That place looks amazing!

Someone should come up with an internet timebank where you have one minute or so to do stuff when your connection dies, that would be awesome.

#2 Dan on 05.23.09 at 6:41 pm

That’s a good idea…that would be incredibly useful even at home, it seems like my internet dies a couple times a month even in the states!

#3 Popoyo Nicaragua on 09.19.09 at 8:26 pm

Nice pics!

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