Big Waves: Welcome to El Salvador

Tourism in El Salvador is built around surfing. El Salvador was one of the countries we were a little unsure about originally to due to safety concerns, but everyone who had been told us not to worry. The violence here is well reported on in the media, but as we expected it is kept completely out of the eyes of the thousands of mostly surfers visiting this little country everyday. The coast of El Salvador is a surfers paradise full of little surf towns and surf camps. We know that we didn’t see the “real” El Salvador, but that’s OK with us, the coast was beautiful. I just hope that the money we spent there, somehow helps the country increase the opportunities for their citizens and also increases the importance to protect their beautiful beaches and coastline.

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Our first cervezas in El Salvador overlooking the ocean


El Salvador uses the US dollar, and we found that country is very good at knowing when to charge steep gringo prices, i.e. at any restaurant near a surf break. We started our trip at the K59 surf break, based on a recommendation from our friends Daina & Stefan (Painted Road Project). We found a place to camp right on the beach for the night, but the next day, the owner of K59 Surf Villas near by convinced us to spend the week at their camp instead. So we moved out of Titus for the week and into a little El Salvadoran paradise. K59 Surf Villas is an incredible place, that I think we will be returning to some day. The waves were perfect here and Jenine had an incredible place to do yoga:

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K59 peelers, view from K59 surf villas

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They had awesome balconies to practice yoga, jenine was very happy

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The K59 gang, Ross, Phil from San Francisco and Tuto from Brazil

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getting a nice wave, view from the pool

After a week with K59. We stopped in El Tunco for a few days. El Tunco is a little party surf town. Full of clubs, bars and cheap hostels. Also, it has one of the best yet most crowded surf breaks I’ve ever seen, Sunzal Point. We didn’t really love El Tunco; it is dirty, loud and crowded, but it was a least fun for 2 days. I surfed some fun waves, if you can call dodging hundreds of other surfers surfing, and we got some amazing sunsets and a little night life.

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Gorgeous purple sunsets in El Tunco

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At our favorite outdoor beach bar Monkey Lala

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At our campsite in El Tunco and group of chickens started a chick coop under Titus.

Next we headed south east to Las Flores (another famous righthand point break) which is probably the 2nd most popular wave after Sunzal. There was a major swell coming, and this spot also tends to have smaller more mellower waves. Although, the swell was so massive, that even here was triple overhead for two days. We got a recommendation of a camp to stay at, Atlakamani, and it was again amazing. The owner Valdimir was an amazing host, and in addition to surfing, we did some mountain biking together.

When the monster swell hit, it was so big that most people couldn’t even paddle out. However, in the following days in calmed down and I got some really fun waves. Jenine practiced yoga and we met some awesome people, many from Brazil.

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After El Tunco, we came down to Las Flores in the South East. Massive 3x overhead waves came in on our first day. Here is someone charging

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Charging the point

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Jenine has another awesome yoga spot atlakamani lodge

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We hung out some this nice hotel on the Point called AST. Sick views http://astpuntaflores.com/

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The Brazilian crew at the BBQ

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Awesome guys. On the Left Gaston from FL and on the Right Vladimir the owner of Atlakamani

We were only in El Salvador for 2 weeks, but it was an awesome time, and I highly recommend it for all the surfers out there.

Next up – Jenine is heading to Costa Rica for a 3 week intensive yoga teacher training and I am going to be bumming around Nicaragua by myself trying out the surf there.

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How it looks when approaching crossing the boarder, a fairly low key experience

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Our first cervezas in El Salvador overlooking the ocean

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Our first stop in El Salvador was K59 / K61 surf breaks. Here is me taking out the mini mal, the only board I still had

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K59 peelers, view from K59 surf villas

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poolside view

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post surf and happy

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Little Martin was a ripper grom!

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This little guy is already a ripper

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Hanging out at camp with my Brazilian surf buddy Tuto

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k59

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They had awesome balconies to practice yoga, jenine was very happy

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The courtyard of the surf camp

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The K59 gang, Ross, Phil from San Francisco and Tuto from Brazil

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getting a nice wave, view from the pool

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K59

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One of our great hosts at k59 surf villas, Antonio really liked our van

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It's not cheap eating, but the views from the cliff side restaurants are incredible

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After K59, we headed down to spend a few days in the busy town of El Tunco

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Checking out the surf with body wounds from the K59 rocks on my back

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beach soccer in El Tunco

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Gorgeous purple sunsets in El Tunco

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At our favorite outdoor beach bar Monkey Lala

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Enjoying the beers and the view @ Monkey Lala

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At our campsite in El Tunco and group of chickens started a chick coop under Titus.

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Seeing an awesome live band at Monkey Lala

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After El Tunco, we came down to Las Flores in the South East. Massive 3x overhead waves came in on our first day. Here is someone charging

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Heaving 15' wave

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The beach at Las Flores

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At Las Flores, there are these cool surf hostels right in front of the break

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The big waves even came into the hostel

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Mackin'

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We stayed at the Atlakamani resort in las flores. It was awesome http://www.atlakamani.com/

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The little town of Cuco near las flores was flooded during the swell

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Loved seeing these signs all over El Salvador

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Early morning charger @ Las Flores

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Charging the point

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Narly drop

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perfect but huge waves

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Las Flores Pumping

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The break next to Las Flores - La Vaca was bombing but no way to make that paddle out

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Jenine has another awesome yoga spot atlakamani lodge

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We hung out some this nice hotel on the Point called AST. Sick views http://astpuntaflores.com/

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View of the point at Las Flores

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Back at the surf hotel we had an awesome Brazilian BBQ.

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These Brazilians knew how to cook some beef

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The Brazilian crew at the BBQ

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On the first manageable day after the huge swell, everyone was out charging @ Las Flores

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Awesome guys. On the Left Gaston from FL and on the Right Vladimir the owner of Atlakamani

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The view from one of the decks at K59 Surf Villas, where we luckily stayed for the week

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Atlakamani resort where we staying in Las Flores

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