Best Surf Breaks in Nicaragua – Popoyo

Popoyo is one of the many great surf breaks on the Rivas coastline in Nicaragua.  The break is blessed with offshore wind 330 days per year.  As a result there is great surf with powerful, hollow waves. Nicaragua’s best waves to surf.

Best Surf Breaks in Nicaragua Popoyo

Popoyo is blessed with two excellent breaks.  The first is closer to the shore and usually provides waves for all skill levels.  It is one of the most consistent waves in the world.  It will break cleanly on almost any swell.  It starts off with a very high peak before breaking and if the size is right you can get barreled.  You cannot say you went on a surfing trip to Nicaragua and not go surf this break.

Nicaragua Magazine Best SurfingFor the extreme thrill seekers there is the Outer Reef.  It is next to the Popoyo break but further out in the water.  The Outer Reef waves are for those looking to surf big waves.  These waves are dependent on the swell coming through but if it hits it just you right the faces of these waves can reach between 20 to 30 feet.  These waves provide huge left barrels and are perfect for magazine cover pictures.  This wave has been compared to Pipeline in Hawaii.  It can be dangerous as well because in addition to its size, where it breaks the depth of the water is only a few feet.  Many surfers have had to be taken to the hospital to get stitches but most of them are usually back out there as soon as they get healthy.

Many of the surf camps will provide a boat to the surfers staying in their camps.  This saves time from having to paddle out through the lineup.  Some of them even have jet skis to pull the surfers into the wave if it is too big to paddle into.  If you do not have a boat you can still get out to the Outer Reef.  You will just paddle out on the north side of where it breaks.  Professional surfers have come to surf these breaks including Andy Irons, CJ Hobgood, Damien Hobgood, Corey Lopez, Fred Pattachia, Mike Parsons and many more.


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