About Pavones

Pavones has been called the longest left pointbreak in the world, and though Chicama in Peru probably has usurped that distinction, rides of three minutes are possible on a solid S swell -- and that's three minutes of full-on, down-the-line, zero-cutback surfing. It's the kind of wave that will expand your whole scope of riding waves -- especially if you're used to surfing beachbreaks. Your bottom turns are extended 30 yards, and top turns can last longer than some commercials.

The top of the point is west of the rivermouth and acts as the main takeoff zone; as such, it's competitive. If you're lucky enough to get a wave from here, you get three or four semi-bowly sections where you can do a few carves. As you approach the rivermouth the wave speeds up and (depending on the tide) can get super-hollow, so you need to start tucking and pumping and going as fast as your surfboard will carry you. After you pass the rivermouth, the wave slows down again for a bit before tapering perfectly into the bay, as your legs give out (you've surfed almost a mile already). Then you step out onto the sand and slog back up the point for more. But it's fickle as all hell. You could sweat out a month in the middle of primo S swell season and not see a head-high wave, as the spot is tucked pretty far inside the Golfo Dulce.

Source: Pavones Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

The expats and Ticos have it wired and aren't afraid to remind you of that fact.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Ridiculous, but when it's really cooking you can take off anywhere along the line.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

When it is on, it's one of the best waves in the world with a series of connected points. The Rivermouth section is the shallowest part of the wave, the rest is just a really good shape and paced wave down the point.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

You're gonna want to walk back up the point but you'll still be paddling on a solid swell.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Silty from the rain runoff but very clean. Beautiful blue water during the dry season.

Additional Information

Hazards

Sets that swing wide when it's pumping, they'll clean out the lineup.

Access

Right there behind the soccer field.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, gun

Seabed

Sand and rock

Best Season

May-October

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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