CABO SAN LUCAS SURFING
Summer and fall are the best times to catch waves in Cabo, although there can be waves at all different times of the year. The points in and around Cabo go off when there's a chubasco off of the Mexican mainland, or when a southern hemi brings in a swell from below the equator. When the waves are flat in Cabo, it can be a whole different scene up the west coast towards Todos, where it can get double overhead and scary.
Water temperatures hit the 70's before summer, and get outrageous (in the mid to upper 80's) by August-September. You can still surf without a wetsuit through November, and sometimes into December.
Localism is generally not as bad in Cabo as it is in many parts of the world. Even though the waves belong to everyone, it's a good idea to remember that you are a guest in someone else's territory. If snaking someone on a wave is uncool at your home break, it is definately not appreciated here either. Surf with respect and you will generally be respected. An article in the 1997 May-June issue of Longboard Magazine has some excellent tips on surf etiquette for surfers who want to slide or shred in various parts of the world. Check it out.
Want to try a totally radical new sport...kind of a cross between a surfboard and a kayak? Check out the web site of WAVEMASTER. These things are awesome!
For a fun surf adventure just up the coast from Cabo PESCADERO SURF CAMP offers guides for single day and multi-day Cape surf excursions.
CABO SURF SPOTS
45 minutes north of Cabo off of Highway 19 at Km. 59.
Reef break, lefts and rights.
Best as a half-day excursion.
PLAYA LOS CERRITOS
40 minutes north of Cabo off of Highway 19 at Km. 65.
Beach break and reef break.
Bring your own wax.
Just north east of Cabo on Baja Highway One at Km. 5.
Left point reef break, acess down a steep cliff.
Monster lefts off a point reef, fast take-offs, then slower shoulders to a rock / cliff beach.
This break only works with a good sized swell, and you don't want to be out here unless you are ready for anything. The waves bounce around quiet a bit because of the backwash from the cliffs, especially at higher tides. If you are looking for a quick rush, this place is better than any drug.
Northeast of Cabo on Baja Highway One at Km. 16.
Reef break, rights and lefts when it gets big.
A great place to snorkel with it's flat.
Northeast of Cabo off of the Baja Highway at the Pamilla offramp.
A right reef break that only breaks when it is h-u-g-e.
Easy beach access. The rocky shore morphs into a sandy bottom offshore, paddling out the channel on the left (east) side is usually the easiest way to get out past the sets.
Located northeast of Cabo off the Baja Highway at Km. 27.5.
A good place for beginners.
Located northeast of Cabo off of the Baja Highway at Km. 27.
A reef break with few crowds.
Located up Highway One towards San Jose Del Cabo at Km 29, about 2 miles before San Jose del Cabo.
Probably Cabo's most popular break. Everything about this place is easy...which is probably why there's usually a crowd in the water.
Easy parking, easy paddle out (even with a big swell), and great shape on a right breaking wave. Zippers is a reef point break that holds well in w-a-y overhead conditions, and can be lots of fun even with smaller waves (except for the reefs at low tide!).
If you like to show off for an audience, this is the place to get on stage. The rest area / lookout parking lot is just above the break, and there is always an audience watching the action.
A nice, somewhat reasonably priced restaurant is located just up the beach from the break, and is a great place to hang and watch after a session.
ESTUARY - LA BOCANA
Located just east of San Jose del Cabo, just up the coast from the hotel zone, just up from the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel.
A sandbar break that takes a good rain to set up. When the huge estuary behind San Jose del Cabo gets flooded from a good Chubasco, the estuary fills up and then overflows to the ocean. The flow of water leaving the estuary pushes sand out into the ocean, creating a sand bar off shore. These breaks are good left and right, and can get hollow and nasty at low tide. Holds a large swell, up to double overhead. Will not break unless the estary has opened up. So just because a south swell is lining up the Cape with corduroy lines, don't expect this break to always have shape. But when it does break, it's one of the best breaks in southern Baja!
Access via the Hotel Zone at San Jose del Cabo.
Located about 30 minutes up the East Cape road.
A right point break that usually doesn't start pumping until it gets overhead.
High clearance vehicle suggested.
Up the East Cape road from San Jose del Cabo about 10 miles.
A right breaking point break that wraps into the sandy cove.
Although Shipwrecks holds a large swell, it can also be fun with a smaller swell. Waves also break on the other end of this beautiful bay (east end - left breaking) the shape is not as consistent. This is also a great beach for just hanging out!
CABO SURF COMPANIES
BAJA SURF ADVENTURES
Telephone (800) 428-7873.
Custom fly-in surf adventures to Baja and Cabo.
Making Baja wet surf dreams come true for many years.
COSTA AZUL SURF SHOP
Telephone 011-52 (114) 7-0071.
Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 29, Los Conchas "Playa Costa Azul", San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23400.
Located just up the hill from the Costa Azul beach, back side of Baja Highway.
Inexpensive board rentals, boogie board rentals, wax, leashes, rash guards, surf supplies, ding repair.
Usually open by 8:30 a.m. and closing by 6:30 p.m. Bring a drivers license or credit card for a deposit on rentals.
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