The Nicaraguan waves are becoming more and more famous, so get out there but first prepare yourself with these 10 best Nicaragua surfing tips for beginners. Within the last twenty years, Nicaragua has been slowly promoted as an international surfing destination. As a beginner, you’ll want to take advantage of Nicaragua’s tranquil beaches before word gets around.
- Choose your surfing scene. The best surfing areas for beginners are on the Pacific coast. Check out the southwest region, especially the Maderas and Popoyo beaches.
- Opt for the dry season. You’ll want to plan your Nicaraguan surfing vacation during the dry season instead of the rainy season. The unpredictable rain can be tricky for beginners to maneuver through. February to April mark the dry season so plan your vacation then.
- Aim for smaller waves. As a beginner, it will be easiest for you to learn how to surf when the waves are smaller as there will be less force against you when you try to stand on your board. Waves are largest from April to June so try to avoid these months.
- Use a wetsuit. Even though Nicaraguan weather is hot and humid during the year, the ocean water temperature can often drop to much colder temperatures. You’ll want to purchase a quality wetsuit of at least 3mm to keep yourself warm while you’re out in the water. This will also prevent you from getting a rash on your stomach and chest while learning.
- Pack a rain jacket. As you may venture out during the transition between the dry and rainy seasons, there could be sporadic sprinkles of rain. A rain jacket will protect you from unexpected showers and the wind that sometimes accompanies them.
- Wear loads of sunscreen. To avoid a silly wetsuit tan and protect yourself from the strong Nicaraguan rays, use a generous amount of sunscreen on all exposed body parts. By avoiding sunburn, you’ll be able to take advantage of every single day you have on the Nicaraguan coast to learn to surf properly. You’ll be an expert in no time.
- Bring bottled water. Most Nicaraguan beaches are relatively distanced from shops. You’ll be tired and sometimes at risk of dehydration after your surf sessions, so bring your own bottled water to quench your thirst and give you the energy to get back in the game.
- Attach yourself to the board. In Nicaragua, there are offshore winds during most of the year so better to be safe than sorry by wearing a leg rope to tie yourself to your surfboard. You never know when nature’s going to push you off your board.
- Learn appropriate falling techniques. As a beginner against the Nicaraguan gusts, you can expect that you’ll fall at one point or another. When this happens, make sure to cover the back of your head and stay under the water for a minute or two to protect yourself from your board.
- Watch out for critters. You’ll be on Nicaraguan sand for a good chunk of time as a beginner to learn basic surfing techniques before you enter the water. When you’re there, you may meet scorpions, crabs, and other little animals. Make sure to not bother any of them if you don’t want to be stung or bitten.
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