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La Herradura is the best pointbreak in Lima, isolated in a relatively deserted, horseshoe bay in the Chorrillos district. This powerful left breaks along a high cliff for rides up to 500m (1500ft) split into 3 sections. The steep, hollow take-off becomes a long workable wall before spinning through a tubular inside section. Requires a solid swell to start breaking and gets better as the size increases, holding up to 12ft (4m) faces on the best days. Winds are usually not a problem since the dominant S wind blows offshore and low tide is better. Such a quality wave in the middle of such a big city draws plenty of crowds to this experts only break. Old timers claim the construction of a coastal road in the early 80’s vastly reduced the waves' quality, but it is still worth waiting around for and is the only show in town when a big swell hits.

Prepare to be burnt repeatedly as the locals show little appetite for waiting. The rip gets stronger on the inside sections and thefts are a problem if walking around the point to take photos, etc. Some paddle from the surf club, others make the long walk.

  • Low to Mid Tide
  • Left-hand Pointbreak
  • Sand
  • S - W
  • South Easterly
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