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SUMMER: ALL SWELL & ANY WIND

FALL: ALL SWELL & ANY WIND

WINTER: ALL SWELL & ANY WIND

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

– John Kabat-Zinn

Our Homebreak: Aviones Beach

Piñones, Puerto Rico

The Basics

Aviones is one of the most consistent, and best performing year-round right and left reef-breaks in PR. Very consistent in wind conditions that close out other breaks, it’s a high-performance wave, hollow and fast that “plays hard.” A wave that rarely disappoints, it has become a go-to break for local high-performance surfers. Aviones during peak seasons is better suited for short boards and strong intermediate/advanced surfers. According to Surfer Today “Aviones is a world-class wave, and one of the most consistent beaches for great waves on the island.”

Beach Specs

  • Best Swell Direction – N, NE, W
  • Best Tide – Any
  • Best Wind Direction – South
  • Best Size for Advanced Surfers – 4 FT to overhead
  • Distance from DRIFT – 0.0 KM (home break)
  • Consistency – Very consistent even in wind conditions that close out other breaks
  • Wave quality – One of the most consistent right and left reef breaks in PR. High performance wave, hollow and fast that “plays hard.” One of the go-to breaks for local pro surfers, better suited for short boards.
  • Surfer Challenge – Narrow take-off and popularity with high performance locals makes this a competitive break.
  • Paddle Out – Easy under average conditions
  • Skill Level – Better suited for intermediate to advanced surfers
  • Bottom – Reef/Rock
  • Watch out for – Low tides can create reef hazards that need to be carefully navigated. Also need to beware of seasonal sea urchin presence on reef bed.
  • Water condition – Clean & Clear
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Maria’s

Rincón, puerto rico

The Basics

It’s one of the first waves in Puerto Rico to achieve international fame, and still one of the favorite waves to surf on the island. When it pumps the reef creates a variety of sections and takeoff points, and under the right conditions long tubes straight down the line. This spot benefits from the regions protection from wind, and pumps when other areas may suffer to wind exposure. Depending of conditions it’s a surf spot that can accommodate most skill levels. However, as the best-known surf spot on the island to both locals and visitors, be prepared on most days to compete for waves.

Beach Specs

  • Best Swell Direction – NW
  • Best Tide – Low
  • Best Wind Direction – ENE
  • Best Size for Advanced Surfers – head high to double overhead
  • Distance from DRIFT – [Stacey please insert from your list]
  • Consistency – Very consistent during Winter Surf.
  • Wave quality – Known to produce one of the finest waves on the island during Winter Surf. This wave during a good day has the potential to produce various sections and takeoff points. It can also produce long uninterrupted right-handers, and tubes.
  • Surfer Challenge – Due to its seasonal popularity get ready for crowds and to compete for waves.
  • Paddle Out – Moderate
  • Skill Level – Beginner to advanced based on swell size
  • Bottom – Reef & rock bottom
  • Watch out for – The reef & rock bottom are tricky to navigate, especially during low tide. Also need to beware of seasonal sea urchin presence on reef bed.
  • Water condition – Clean & Clear
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La 8

SAN JUAN, puerto rico

The Basics

La8 is sensitive to wind, and starts to be inconsistent at winds above 15kn, otherwise very predictable based on surf size, and wind direction. La8 is a reef break that pumps left’s and right’s across the entire beach, some days mostly long right-hand peelers best surfed on boards 7’ and longer. On bigger days La8 produces fun hallow waves, with lots of action for boards of all sizes. Due to its wide angle and long lines, La8 creates wave opportunity for surfers of many levels, with a lot less competition for waves than other breaks on the island.

Beach Specs

  • Best Swell Direction – N or N-NW
  • Best Tide – Any
  • Best Wind Direction – South
  • Winter Surf (DEC – MAR) – Average wave size 3-5 FT, overhead days, water temp 82 °F
  • Best Size for Advanced Surfers – 4 FT to overhead
  • Distance – 16.8 KM, 21 minutes from Drift
  • Consistency – Sensitive to wind, starts to be inconsistent at wind above 15kn.
  • Wave quality – 3 main outside breaks, very consistent inside break. Mushy reef breaks spread out across entire beach. Mostly long right-hand peelers best surfed on boards 7’ and longer. On bigger days fun hallow waves with lots of action for short boards.
  • Surfer Challenge – Producing consistent left’s and right’s, in addition to outside and inside breaks, La8 creates wave opportunity for surfers of all levels, without having to constantly compete for waves.
  • Paddle Out – Moderate to Hard
  • Skill Level – Beginner to advanced depending on wave size and currents
  • Bottom – Reef
  • Watch out for – Shallow reef areas and strong currents
  • Water condition – Clean & Clear
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INCHES

PATILLAS, puerto rico

The Basics

A locals “gem” this surf spot creates some of the most perfect and longest lefts on the island. It’s a wave machine fueled by a shallow reef, and starts to create wave perfection in swells above three feet. Its one of the few waves on the island with the potential to break equally great throughout the year. Locals say that when it’s pumping Inches is our Pipeline.

Beach Specs

  • Best Swell Direction – SE, E
  • Best Tide – Any
  • Best Wind Direction – NE
  • Best Size for Advanced Surfing – Four feet to a couple feet overhead
  • Distance from DRIFT – 115 km, 120 minutes from Drift
  • Consistency – Inconsistent when its starts to break below two feet. Very consistent wave above 2/3 feet, regardless of time of year.
  • Wave quality – Locally known as our “Pipeline,” when pumping it produces the longest lefts in PR, and barrels to go with it. It’s a clean wave, with perfect shape, and also works when the rest of the island is affected by wind.
  • Surfer Challenge – Can get crowded when its pumping, but its long line creates multiple takeoff opportunities, and provides opportunity for all to catch waves.
  • Paddle Out – Smooth
  • Skill Level – All levels depending on size
  • Bottom – Reef, rock, coral
  • Watch out for – Fire coral under its inside break
  • Water condition – Clean & Clear
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Los Tubos

MANATÍ, puerto rico

The Basics

Another break known to work throughout the year, Los Tubos reef/rock bottom creates waves for all levels, depending on swell size and wind. Its exposed location tends to benefit or be affected by wind direction, and has a unique ability to benefit from both wind and ground swells.  This surf spot favorite production is a long well shaped left, and ability to create long tubes (hence its nickname) under the right conditions.

Beach Specs

  • Best Swell Direction – NW
  • Best Tide – Any
  • Best Wind Direction – S
  • Best Size for Advanced Surfing – head high to double overhead plus
  • Distance from DRIFT – 66 km, 60 minutes from Drift
  • Consistency – inconsistent in wind above 15kn and swells below two feet
  • Wave quality – Its favorite production is a long well shaped left, and ability to create long tubes
  • Surfer Challenge – Even when pumping this unique surf spot creates wave opportunity for surfers of various levels.
  • Paddle Out – Moderate
  • Skill Level – Best suited for intermediate and advanced surfers
  • Bottom – rock and reef
  • Watch out for – tricky entry/exit to water and taking waves into shallow areas. Also need to beware of seasonal sea urchin presence on reef bed.
  • Water condition – Clean & Clear
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Domes

Rincón, puerto rico

The Basics

Domes produces on most swells a consistent right-handed reef break with carvable walls. The wave at Domes can be hollow and long, its seasonal consistency and size has earned this surf spot a loyal fan base of both local and visiting surfers. Due to its location it’s sensitive to currents, and on larger days its been known to frequently create “sections” and shorter runs.

Beach Specs

  • Best Swell Direction – NE
  • Best Tide – Low
  • Best Wind Direction – SE
  • Best Size for Advanced Surfers – Shoulder high to a few feet overhead
  • Distance from DRIFT – [Stacey please insert from your list]
  • Consistency – Very consistent, but strong currents can break a normally long wave into sections
  • Wave quality – Very consistent right-handed reef break that’s known for producing some carvable walls. It also produces a lackluster left. This is not a great big wave spot. The wave is located in a small cove, which creates a lot of currents when the swell is larger and causes the wave to break in sections. Popular spot, Corona Extra Pro Circuit held here every February.  Likes a northeast or northwest swell and southeast wind. Rights coming off a point break with flat rock bottom. Wave can be hollow and long.
  • Surfer Challenge – Can get crowded and competitive, due to its consistency when other nearby spots are flat or very small.
  • Paddle Out – Moderate
  • Skill Level – Suited for surfers of all levels, except for larger days.
  • Bottom – Sand & rocks
  • Watch out for – Strong currents and rocks, Also need to beware of seasonal sea urchin presence on reef bed.
  • Water condition – Clean & Clear
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Jobos

Isabela, puerto rico

The Basics

This is a fairly consistent reef break known to produce waves for various skill levels throughout the year. Jobos produces both lefts and rights, and catching waves can be competitive depending on conditions. When pumping, the wave “behind the rock” can compete with any world-class wave, and an advanced surfers dream come true.

Beach Specs

  • Best Swell Direction – NE
  • Best Tide – Any, low tide for smaller swells
  • Best Wind Direction – S
  • Best Size for Advanced Surfing – head high to a couple feet overhead
  • Distance from DRIFT – 134 km, 128 minutes to Drift
  • Consistency – Starts to be inconsistent in wind above 14kn
  • Wave quality – A good right that starts pumping at 2/3 feet, it creates a carveable face, which under good conditions stretches across the beach.  
  • Surfer Challenge – On average days it’s a friendly all around wave that attracts people of various skill levels, and a narrow takeoff compels you to compete for waves.
  • Paddle Out – Smooth
  • Skill Level – Al levels depending on size, inside whitewater great for people learning to surf.
  • Bottom – Sandy with rock
  • Watch out for – Reef and rocks especially at low tide.
  • Water condition – Clean & Clear
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Hallows

Arecibo, puerto rico

The Basics

Producing world-class right-hand tubes during its peak season, this surf spot is known for providing an opportunity for surfers of all levels, depending on surf conditions. Its backdrop is one of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful beaches, and because its hard to find has been able to remain relatively uncrowded. During peak season it produces a wave few would argue is close to perfect, but its takeoff from an outside reef creates a narrow point, which tends to create a crowd. Be ready to paddle like a pro during peak season and you might just find surf heaven.

Beach Specs

  • Best Swell Direction – N
  • Best Tide – Any
  • Best Wind Direction – S
  • Best Size for Advanced Surfing – Head high to double overhead plus
  • Distance from DRIFT – 66 km, 60 minutes from Drift
  • Consistency – Very consistent throughout the year, but sensitive to NW wind.
  • Wave quality – World-class wave during peak season that produces long rights and barrels.
  • Surfer Challenge – Best waves form next to an outside reef, which creates a narrow takeoff. Get ready to compete for waves during peak season.
  • Paddle Out – moderate
  • Skill Level – accommodates various skill levels depending on swell size, but best suited for advanced surfers during peak season.
  • Bottom – Coral, rocks and sand
  • Watch out for – Outside reef at main takeoff and other shallow reef areas, also beware of rip currents, and seasonal Urchins.
  • Water condition – Clean & Clear
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