surfed yesterday around noon and ran into Shawn from ARK paddleboard's and Chris from Shrimp Creole. that was a nice unexpected meeting. we surfed for about 2 hours or so and the waves were really fun. i got a couple of lefts that lined up all the way down the beach and i saw Chris take off on a bomb of a right, it was pretty sick, especially on that log he rides.
today we went into town to get some cash and had lunch at the local market. pollo a la plancha... so good, $3. then we met out friend J.C. at his little surf shop, and chatted for a bit. we told him and his friend that we were going to Madera to surf, so he decided to shut down the shop (he said he rented 2 boards already so it was a good day) and come surf with us. we decided to take a taxi that one of their friends drives, so we could all go together.
the waves were smaller at first, about waist to chest high with some head high sets. we all got a bunch of fun one's then the waves picked up with the tide and on came the crowd. it went from waist to chest high to chest to overhead in a bout an hour and the crowd grew from 7 to about 30..! i got a good right that connected to the inside so i called it a day. i'll be on it early with the falling tide and nobody out.
Monkeys love rice, they hate cheese.
our friend "J.C." at his surf shop "Nica Water"
after the shot I said "que linda!" they thought i was funny. really good pollo al la plancha (and a coke) for $3 from these ladies
watching the street...
bees, that try to get me everyday. so far i'm winning.
Get up around 9, and have coffee and breakfast and wait for our amigo Jorvin, along with his wife, to pick us up in a truck we rented,then we would head north about and hour and a half to the Tola region to surf at Playa Colorado with Jeremy, a friend from the states. we would hang by the pool and have lunch then surf some nice head high barreling waves at high tide, then maybe have a drink and head home. Jorvin asked if his wife could come so they could enjoy a day at the beach since he was taking the day off from the taco stand. I thought it was the least we could do since he was to guide us to the beach and drive the mostly dirt roads, which many of were unmarked as well.
here is how it went down...
got up had coffee etc.. as planned. Jorvin was a little late but no big deal, we left about 11:45. his wife decided not to come for whatever reason, which was fine, we would do a guys trip. everything started fine, smooth driving (kind of) no cops, and a quick stop in Rivas for gas.
the drive through Rivas to Tola wasn't bad and we arrived as Hacienda Iguana as planned on time more or less. sweet, so we head to the gate and tell the guard that we were there to visit a friend who was expecting us. he checked the list and says, "no i cant let you in, you aren't on the list..." ok... can you please call the front office and contact Jeremy so that he knows we are here? no. can you let us in to the office? no. can you let us in to look at property? we are very interested in buying a condo.(for $600,000..ha!) no. ok... well, let me just call the office on my Nica cell phone and i will figure this out. check my bag... no phone. shit! i left it at home. Jorvin says, I have a phone, I will cal... wait, shit! no minutes left.
ok, so lets go down the road, and fill up the minutes at the Pulperia (which is like a corner store, which are everywhere and you can get lunch, sodas, snacks etc. and charge your phone card. everyone uses pre-paid phones here.)
we get to the store and ask to buy minutes, and the lady was like sure we can charge your "Claro" (a phone service) minutes, no problem... but, Jorvin has "Movistar" (another company) shit! ok, no phone. the lady let me make a call on her phone for 20 cordoba ($1). i call the desk and explain the situation and ask them to contact Jeremy and to have him call our phone, which still accepts incoming calls even though the minutes are up??!?
so we sit and wait... nothing. more waiting... nothing, no phone call. so another dollar, another call. they say they cant reach him. damnit. so we drive back to the gate to try and convince the guard to no avail. his favorite word was "no". I think he was jealous of my mustache, because his was weak and mine is fuerte!
ok... next idea, we go farther up the road to use the internet, I'll Skype jeremy and we will get it figured out. get to the internet place, people were very nice, but no voice chat on Skype. ok, I'll message him... done, no answer. so i leave a message and tell him to call us if he gets it.
at this point about 3 hours have gone by and we decide to try and find another place to surf. we check the lookout point and the waves look fun so we decide to surf "Santana"
we drive to the entrance, because we were told that you can pay to get in and it's no problem. we get there show ID to the guard and in we go... sweet! that was easy.
we drive down to the office to pay and the lady greets us with a smile and says " welcome. its $15 to get in but you can use the money toward drinks food, beach rentals etc." ok, sounds good $5 each? no problem... "oh, but you cant surf..." what! what the hell do 80% of the people come here to do? eat at your crappy restaurant?! bullshit! so.... on the road again.
we see a gate that was left unlocked, maybe on accident but fuck it, at this point what do we have to lose? we charge down the road, meet a guy working security on the land near the beach who is very nice and shows us a road that we can take to surf. we go, and it works! finally! waves! it's about chest to head high, offshore wind, and warm water. so fun! it reminded me of a secret spot at home that only breaks so often. i caught 15 or so waves in the hour of sunlight that we had left then got out to breathe a sigh of relief and start out trip back.
we watch the sunset and get in the truck to head out. vamos!... stuck in the sand. shit! shit! what next! 20 minutes of digging and stacking rocks, we get unstuck and are on our way again.
after a 2 hour drive in the dark and rain dodging cows and people on bikes and chickens and horses and giant trucks that dont move over to let you pass, we arrive back in san juan at Jorvin's sisters pizza place and have an ice cold beer and some awesome pizza.
ok, whew! what a day, lets go to the house and call it a night. heading home, smooth sailing... get to the hill near the house and start to head up... start sliding...slide some more. brakes... more sliding..."uh we are going to hit that tree, or that house...." stop. didn't hit the tree or house but do get stuck in the mud again.... 15 minutes of stacking rocks and moving branched and small trees and we get up the hill.
3 beers later and I'm in bed.
...longest day ever for 1 hour of surfing. but, it was worth it. (p.s. Jeremy did tell the place that we were coming and to make sure that we were let in... they didn't relay the message obviously)
I want one of these trucks...
Finally we surfed. this is a smaller wave, it was waist/chest and so fun!
Woke up late today, i slept in a bit til about 9:30.(and found a small crab in the bed when i woke up...) i was up losing at chess last night to Pat for awhile. at least I know how to play now.i plan on surfing and hanging at the beach from about noon 'til whenever. the waves look smaller today but I'm sure it will be fun.
I hope everyone is well at home or wherever they may be. I'd like all of my friends to be here for Sunday funday, but i will be home soon enough.
more updates later...
I surfed with about 4 guys out around 11:45 and got some really fun waves. afterward i hung out with Jorvin at the taco stand for awhile and had a chicken taco and then another surf before dark. that last session wasn't as fruitful but i got a few waves and that's always a good time.
back at home Pat got bit by a scorpion, but i think it just pinched him and didn't get him with the stinger. he killed another one in the room too! jeez! scorpion attack! he is fine though, nothing to worry about...
I'm waiting on a phone call to see if we can get a boat for tomorrow to meet Jeremy up at Colorado's. it's been "pumping mate" (Australian accent)so hopefully we get to go and i can get barreled!
today we got out of the beach area and went to...the beach area, in San Juan Del Sur. we decided to take a canopy zip line tour. it only took about 10 minutes from finding the place where you sign up until we were in a tree it seemed. "Da' Flying Frog" is the name of the zip tour. it was pretty fun, i have never done it before, but it felt rushed. we were the only people doing the tour and it was over in about 20 minutes. the guides were pretty cool, and warmed up to us about half way through. when it was over they kind of just went back to doing their thing. I have a few photos, which will be below of Pat on the zip line. I asked, during the tour, "Pat, did you get any photos of me?" and his reply..." oh, I forgot." so... i have proof that i wore a *helmet,(*see photo) but only proof that Pat braved the zip cord.
After the tour I asked about going on a horseback tour to see some Mayan carvings in the mountain. they said yeah no problem you can rent horses and it takes about an hour. so i said "sweet, let's do it." but apparently i have to come back on Monday because it was too late in the day, even though my watch said noon... i guess they were done working for the day. oh well, maybe next week.
i am going to try and catch a few waves before dark. it didn't look so good this morning but seems to have picked up a bit. so we shall see. below along with the zip line photos are some pics from the surf last evening.
*photos are really low quality because the internet is slow here*
I am back to feeling like myself again.. finally. got up early did some internet-ing and had some breakfast, now I'm just waiting on Pat to get his ass out of bed... I'm going to the beach at noon with or without him. Jeremy, a friend from home is supposed to meet us at Madera today for a surf, so that will be cool to see a familiar face.
hopefully pat goes with so i can get some photos, I'm not too keen on leaving the camera unattended while I'm down there.(my sandals already got stolen) it's better when we can take turns surfing and shooting.
so, for now, here is a photo of the creature i share my shower with.(it's body is like 3 inches long..ewww) I'm pretty sure Jordan will never come here now...