The New Surfers Paradise

The one sport it seems which I haven’t tested the waters with, is surf boarding. It seems a rugged sport – sea salt water in your face, the sun on your back, the wind in your hair – you get the idea. Looking through the New York Times I found an article on the new “it” spot for surfers. So if you like to surf, or just want to give it a shot, check out Riding the Waves of Peru

Despite having monster swells on par with those that hit Hawaii’s legendary northern shores, Peru isn’t known as a surfing destination, except perhaps by a small band of jet-setting surfers for whom no wave is beyond reach.

That is, unless you happen to be one of the approximately 28 million inhabitants of Peru, South America’s third-largest country in area. Then you know very well that surfing has swept the nation recently in a pop cultural frenzy.

And now, as Peru rides a tourism wave propelled by a strong economy and favorable exchange rates for bargain-minded Americans, it is poised to become the new “it” spot on the international surfing circuit. After all, Peru has 1,500 miles of rugged coastline dotted with countless breakers, from pristine beaches tucked around Lima to unexplored pockets up north where some waves are said to last more than a mile. And unlike Malibu, Hawaii’s northern shores and other well-known places, many of Peru’s best surfing spots are often nearly empty.

For more check out New York Times Travel