Maderas Beach Surf Competition

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.

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

After the contest concluded the spectators applauded and the surfers packed their bags to head back to San Juan del Sur.

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

We packed up our things as well and headed back to Hospedaje Elizabeth to plan where we were going to move to next. Our lease was coming up in two days, so we needed to figure out what our next move was going to be. Move north near the handcrafted items or stay south on the beach of San Juan del Sur. We had a big decision ahead of us, but we were looking forward to what we had planned for the next day. It was a day that would change us all and get us one step closer to finalizing our business plan.
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4 responses to “Maderas Beach Surf Competition

    • Hey Thomas!

      Thanks so much for the recommendation–we’re so happy to hear you made it down here and had a greta time. We’ll be sure to check out the Bigfoot Hostel when we head up to Leon in the next few months. Volcano Boarding sounds SO awesome. We’ll definitely let you know when we make that happen.

      Cheers,
      Quinn & Jon

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