I travelled to Fuerte
on the 8th of december this year (2005) and its a fantastic place. I attended a surf school for the first three days, to refresh myself as it had been sometime since I last surfed (the trouble with living in the centre of the U.K!)
I found that El Costillo
was sweet, it all depends on your level
; if your a novice then a long golden beach break that closes out isn't going to bother you as you'll be learning prodominantly in the white water and it's alway nicer to have an inspiring place to learn. It does close out a fair bit. If your patient you'll find some lefts in the November to January period.
Also if you decide to use surf schools then ask about a place called Tindaya
its a cove a little further south from El Costillo this was perfect for Novice to intermidiate; 4ft with plenty of power in the wave to allow for a shorter than usual board. It had some good lefts and didn't close out.
After a week there, I had gone from remembering how to stand on a 8'4" to turning and riding greens on a 7'4" again in 3 days. then it was practise and progress from there!
I would recommend it to anyone novice to expert; there are some top class breaks for the experienced guys too; Lobos for example I won't go on any more as the pro will know all about it.
Surf Schools to get in touch with:
- I didn't go with these, but went to their shop and they are all a buch of friendly guys and a great range of their own clothes! You will see them everywhere. They can definatley surf!
Quicksilver Surf School
- You will pay a little over the odds with these guys and the can be territorial with their area of the beach. Essentially a few (good) local surfers with a nice little business and all Quicksilver gear but there instructors can really rip it up!
Island Boarders/ Flag Beach
- Not the most punctual group i've ever used but certainly the most friendly and with some real good advice and pointers. Andy and Steve two british guys are absolutley ace and will get you going in whatever area you need to improve; both accomplished surfers. Andy is wetsuit on, get in and surf with you kind of guy, as is Steve but will give the most help to those who are struggling (don't lend Steve any money!
) try not to piss off Ben who is the owner can be stroppy!
Berry is also very cool!
Also Check the following Restraunts and Bars: Maranda Al Sur, Blue Jean Steak House and La Mamma's for food. Corky's and Tattoos & booze for the beer!
I'm going back with some friends in March I might you guys there!