Popoyo Nicaragua showing a new swell and clean conditions this morning. The sun is shining bright today and some shapely swells are pulsing through. The best waves are going unridden, but we’ll have to give it 5 out of 5 chile peppers.
Popoyo Nicaragua offered several peaks this morning. Outer Reef Popoyo, Inside Corner of Outer Reef, Popoyo Proper, and the rivermouth peak all had surfers catching waves. The inside corner of the outer reef actually had the best shape with some throaty barrels coming in. There was a strange rip running right through the inside peak of Popoyo. It’s been pretty messy lately with a lot of bad winds and mixed up swell due to a lot of tropical activity nearby. Fairly glassy for a few hours this morning. We’ll have to give it 4 out of 5 chile peppers. Hoping the offshores return tomorrow and the crew will be on some fun waves.
Always nice to see the fluid style of longtime popoyo local Cristobal. Yeah Cristobal!
If you come to Popoyo, keep an eye out for this Peliguay. He will drop in!
The bodyboarder was catching a lot of waves at outer reef and successfully made it through a couple barrels. There were two other surfers out first thing this morning, and also two other surfers out while I was shooting. One Brazilian fellow paddled out only to be sent back to the beach with a board broken clean in half.
Stay tuned for more surf reports. June has been an inconsistent month with a lot of onshore and rainy days. Hopefully July has something sweet in store for us!
Popoyo Nicaragua showing a nice swell and perfect conditions today. We arrived in the morning to peeling walls at low tide. The offshores had finally let up a bit and the lineup was relatively uncrowded. A crew of travellers were getting barreled at outer reef at dead low tide! Popoyo locals Elvis and Samir soon joined them outside as the tide turned. I hiked down into a valley to get a new view of the outer reef. It was a beautiful morning. We’re eating lunch now and we’re going to another nearby spot with high hopes!
Woke up to a beautiful new swell at Popoyo this morning. The winds had been hard offshore for days. This morning it was about 5-10 knots offshore. We hit Popoyo first thing with our guests Albert and Dana from SC. There were a lot of solid nuggets coming through Popoyo and the outer reef had some bombs. The tide came in quickly and the waves started to get a little soft for our tastes.
We ate a few banana pancakes and hopped over to Santana, where it was dead glass. Several nice peaky barrels were coming through. Around 11 am, the wind came onshore about 0-5 knots and everyone got out. It was just a few of us out then taking our pick.
The first 3 photos are from Popoyo, and the last 3 are from Santana.
Been trading photos with good friend Donald Stone lately. Knowing the waves were gonna be good this morning at Popoyo, I called Donald so we could link up and shoot photos. His girlfriend said that he had left for Popoyo 15 minutes ago. Perfect! I left the house and was on top of the hill overlooking Popoyo in less than 10 minutes. Here’s what I saw…
Upon arriving, I saw Donald surfing the left on the inside of Outer Reef Popoyo.
It was a little smaller than Popoyo but a lot less crowded. Popoyo was a little crowded and very good.
But the real unexpected treat today was the outer reef. The swell we’re currently experiencing is on its third phase. The first phase was similar in size and a little more south. The period was up around 18 seconds and really lit up the area’s reefs and pointbreaks, while the beachbreaks were a little stretched out and closed. The second phase was smaller, similar in direction, but a shorter period, more like a windswell. It really lit up the area’s beachbreaks with super consistent, wedgy peaks. Today, the swell bumped up a bit and had that “magic angle” (loose lips sink ships, but that angle is somewhere between 180 and 230 ).
Manuel, his brother Cabezon, and Jimmy from Surfari Charters were all catching some sick lefts.
I saw a couple guys cross the rivermouth and approach the paddle out spot of Popoyo. They were carrying a couple sub 6 foot retro shapes. I wrote them off as just a couple of international beginner surfers. All of a sudden, they wereout the back taking off on some bombs!
Outer Reef is normally surfed at high tide, due to a couple areas of the reef which actually suck dry at lower tides. The angle was so perfect today that these guys surfed it all the way to dead low tide.