After a fun long night at Naked Tiger and then the San Juan del Sur bars, our friends and us thought the perfect way to spend the following day was to soak up the sun and watch the local surf competition at Maderas Beach. We all packed inside Gord’s car with just our bathing suits, towels and sunscreen in hand.
Madeiras beach was surprisingly a long drive from San Juan Del Sur. If Quinn and I knew how far it was we wouldn’t have attempted to walk there a few months ago. When we arrived we had to go up some large hills that would make the journey difficult for a standard vehicle especially in the rain. Luckily we were in the solid SUV Hyundai Galloper that got us there safely.
Upon first look at the beach I was a bit disappointed. It was much smaller then I expected and with high tide coming up there was very little sand anywhere to set our items down. The good thing about high tide was that the waves were really good. They were over head with the occasional barrel. The waves broke on what looked like an outer reef which has caused quite a few injuries to surfers over the years.
After we settled down and found a seat, we enjoyed watching the young local surfers do their thing. We swam, made sand chairs, read and just hung out. A couple of our friends rented a boogie board and played in the water all day long. A surf contest really is a great competitive event for spectators because there is plenty of action but if you want to take a nap it is completely acceptable. And after swimming in the water for while, I did just that.
As I woke up it was the final round. I saw kids charging the waves in hopes to awe the crowd for just one last moment. There was some serious talent out there and the crowed was really into it cheering them all on.
After the contest concluded the spectators applauded and the surfers packed their bags to head back to San Juan del Sur.