Road Trip: Nicaragua
Offshore winds? Yeah, Nicaragua's got that. It's one of the few places in the world with consistent surf where the wind blows offshore literally every day. You can thank Lake Nicaragua for the ideal draft.
Right about now Pat Gudauskas is thinking, "Game on." A world away from his hometown in San Clemente, Calif., and its uncrowded, overhead A-frames. The only problem: What board to ride?
Trading his wetsuit and the cold water of Santa Cruz for some good, tropic warmth, Nic Hdez airs it out.
The poorest of the Central American countries, Nicaragua is also one of the safest. Life moves at a different pace there.
Seems pretty simple: warm waves, a lazy hammock, and maybe a Tona or two in the evening to wash down the rice and beans. It's a simple life in Nicaragua, but it's a good one.
Local With Bite
You're going to want to watch out for these little buggers. They can be a bit on the nasty side. Otherwise Nicaragua's a very travel-friendly country.
When you're a professional free surfer like Dane Gudauskas, Nicaragua is a must on your list of worldly wanders.
Mid-latitude electric storm in all its glory.
There are a few slabs to be found in Nicaragua, it's finding the gear to tow into them that's the hard part. Those that have it wired are rewarded.
It's all good until somebody paddles out on a tanker ...
A deeply Catholic country, the faith anchored the country through some very tough years in the late '70s and '80s.
There are some outer reefs in Nicaragua that are just now starting to be discovered. It's still wide open, and waves like this one of CJ Macias is just the tip of the iceberg ... if there were icebergs in Nicaragua.
From the sea to the table. When you go somewhere to eat and it says "fish of the day," this is what they're talking about.
Playa Santana, Nicaragua
Yes, it's every bit as inviting as it looks.
Everybody needs a break from work, even if your job description is professional surfer. Pat Gudauskas finding some much needed head space.
Tree With A View
After you've had your fill and you couldn't catch another wave if you wanted to it's time to sit back, relax and watch your buddies belt a few turns.