SDB Pioneer Andrew Bennett Scores in Central America
All Photos by Seth de Roulet.
There’re are very few surfing destinations that consistently have offshore winds all day long and one of them is Popoyo, Nicaragua. With that rare fact in mind and a storm off the coast of Chile producing 30-40ft seas directed toward Central America, photographer Seth de Roulet and I were packing our bags (full of boardshorts and tee shirts) to meet the swell head on.
Avianca, operated by Taca flies directly to El Salvador and a puddle jumper takes you to Managua, Nicaragua. A two hour drive from Managua to Popoyo and you’ve arrived at an all day array of slabs, reefs and breach breaks in under 10 hours of travel!
Our casita for our three day stay was at the 2,700 acre Rancho Santana. It was a perfect place to relax after surfing all day. This private property gave us access to two barreling beach breaks and a little known left reef/point tucked under the cliffs. With a variety of surf spots all going off at the same time we found ourselves surfing and searching nonstop.
The combination of the friendly locals I surfed with, safe and contained private ranches, variety of surf breaks, perfect wind conditions and amazing food make Nicaragua one of the most appealing places to go on a surf trip. I’m looking forward to one day returning during the wet season when everything turns tropical green and the flowing river mouths create even better sandbars!