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Is Chicama The World’s Longest Surfing Wave?

Chicama, Peru Offers Up Some Some Of The World’s Longest Surfable Waves

The world’s longest, most perfect left-breaking wave is off of the small coastal town of Puerto Chicama, Peru.

The spot is a hugely popular surfing destination because of the endless series of left-breaking swells. Because of this, the pressure is not as high as other destination hot-spots. If you get tired, or you need to take a break, the next wave is just waiting for you.

The incredible potential for surf in Chicama was discovered back in 1965. Hawaiian surfer Chuck Shipman claims to have been peering out of the window of a plane when he noticed the Chicama wave. He then inquired with the pilot where exactly they were flying. When he returned to Hawaii, he did his research. Because of this, he identified a few promising spots.

Shipman then encouraged his surfer-buddies in Peru to explore this area. A group of surfers eventually found their way along an unmarked dirt road to the promising spot.

Ever since, Chicama has been both a famous and popular surf destination.

How Long Does The Wave Run For?

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The wave stretches for over 2 km from the point. It breaks at an isolated rocky section, and then ends at a long pier on the barren coast.

The question locals get asked most often is: Has the entire distance been ridden on a single wave?

The answer is yes!

However, the entire cape upon which the waves break is actually 4 km long. Safe to say that it no one has ridden it that distance, yet.

Everything You Need To Know About Surfing Chicama

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How To Get There

The most simple way to get to Chicama is to fly into Lima. From there, you’ll want to catch a bus or a short flight to Trujillo. Then, you’ll get another bus or rent a car and drive to Chicama from there.

Usually, most surfers / travellers end up spending a night in Lima. Even the locals find the area around the airport to be dangerous. If possible, try to find a ride to somewhere that’s outside of this area. Start your trip in the safest way possible.

Where To Stay

Miraflores is a super touristy place to stay, but it’s safe. Barranco is also a little touristy, but it’s kinda shady and thus less expensive.

There’s also a town called San Isidro which is quite costly as it’s geared towards more wealthy locals. This is a bit more of a stylish place to stay if you’re concerned about that sort of thing.

You can also stay at Surf House Chicama. It’s simple and clean, reasonably priced, and features a communal kitchen. The place only has ten rooms, so they sell out often.

Chicana Boutique Hotel is a fancier option. Considering you’ll be resting lots in between surf sessions, this is a really glam and relaxing option.

When Do The Waves Break

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For surfing, the region is consistent year round. However, the best season is between March and November. This is the autumn and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

During this time, you’ll get an average of two swells per week. The ones coming from the south and south-east tend to bring bigger waves.

Chicama Wave Difficulty

Chicama is an accessible wave to surf! There is open space so you’re not concerned about reefs and barnacles. The waves themselves are shaped well for relatively easy riding (with a bit of experience). And fortunately the shark-factor needs not be a concern.

It is, however, a wave that demands stamina. The point that helps to create the wave is subjected to a lot of wind and current. There is lots of paddling and trying to stay in one spot requires a lot of effort.

Once you get up though, the ride is smooth. And you’ll want to be catching the waves all day long.

Nearby Places To Surf

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Nearby breaks are also great places to stop if you’re planning on surfing this epic wave.

Huanchaco and Pacasmayao are among the best breaks to surf near Chicama. The towns for these breaks are a little more rowdy and you might have a bit more fun.

You can also experiment with renting a small fishing boat called a Caballito de Totora. These little reed boats have been used to break through the waves and go fishing for nearly 2500 years!

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