… straight from the airport into the Pacific! First stop Playa Ritoque, a little hidden surf paradise in the V region. Playa Ritoque is the birthplace of chilean surfing: an incredible beachbreak in front of a 17km long stretch of sanddunes and home to only a few little beachhouses and the famous surfbar Ritoque. Here the NOMB Surfers picked up the rest of the team and after a couple of days exploring the breaks of the V region they hit the road again.
The first night the NOMB Surfers stayed in a little house of terror, a rather weird experience that still made them laugh days after. Heading further north, passing through the IV region, they saw the countryside change from green to sandy desert. Finally the team reached their home for the next few days, not without a couple of interesting encounters with the local police.. In some parts of this world a pick-up truck with 4 people, 1 dog and 7 surfboards is still an unusual sight.. But all this is part of a roadtrip and being able to wake up with an incredible and glassy reef break right in front of your house made it sooo worth it!!
After 2 months of heavy swells all along the chilean coast the Pacific ocean now presented itselfwith perfect conditions: hardly any wind, nice little groundswells producing perfect waves between 1 – 1 1/2 m.. Thomas couldnt believe the waves he surfed! Neither could surfcoach Angie, she was so super stoked to see her student improving day by day! Congratulations Thomas, you really ripped it! Based in their little beachhouse right in front of this perfect righthand reefbreak the NOMB Team explored the surrounding beach and pointbreaks, encountering incredible waves and super friendly locals everywhere they went.
Being a surftravellers also includes being a tourist.. And when the wavecheck brought the team to Pan de Azucar, one of Chile´s most beautiful national parks, the NOMB Surfers couldn´t resist to take some action pics in this virgin and isolated paradise… The days in the desert are long, the sun rises early and sets late but they didn´t feel long enough for all those hours of surfing and exploring the surroundings.. The team finished their action filled days with a sunset surf, a Ving chun class from student Thomas, a relaxed yoga session watching the ocean, or even a glass of tasty red wine and a siesta.. Well deserved NOMB Surfers!
The team stayed in a crazy little house a few meters from the ocean. Being in the desert meant solar energy, running water only from a watertank and bathroom and shower open air. The team felt the spirit and adjusted straight away. The rewards were empty line ups, millions of hours of sunlight, bonfires and a sky at nighttime that blew their minds. The Atacama desert is such an unusual place, their colours and shadows are unique. That´s why yoga teacher Sharon choose this location to supply her sponsor with new photo material. Luckily surfcoach Angie is an expert not only in shooting photos and filming her students surfing but also a dedicated and experienced photographer.
Our mobile surfcamp team in the North of Chile felt so comfortable in the desert that they decided to stay an extra day. The drive back to the central region was quite long but mainly because the NOMB surfers took the dirt roads along the coast and wavechecked wherever they could. Finally they arrived safely back in Playa Ritoque before heading to the airport the next morning. Thank you Thomas, Dani and Sharon for an unforgettable trip which surely will be repeated one day soon! A big thank you goes out to the Ritoque community who made us feel at home, to Valito for letting us use your beautiful house in the desert, and to O´Carol rentalcar for supporting us with a brandnew 4X4.
Photos from the surfcoaching trip into the North of Chile can be found on our Facebook page.
Good waves for all of you and we hopefully see you soon for your own NOMB Surfcoaching trip experience!