I don't surf, but had hitch hikers on board that do from Mexico
, and another friend who surfed traveled with me from Galapagos
. I hesitate to reply since I obviously know so little about this, but since no one else has...
The first set of friends seemed to find plenty of surf on coastal Mexico
, between Puerto Vallarta
and Acapulco. We visited a few beaches that were very well setup for it-- there'd be a taco shop on the beach, and people who were camping on the beach to surf and then eat tacos all day, every day. It seemed ideal. These were not generally good anchorages
from a sailing perspective-- not the kind of place that I'd leave the boat and then take a cab into town. And definitely not anchorages
that'd be in any guide book, so you'd have to be confident. I'd want to have the boat in sight in case the weather
started to change.
There was no surfing in Galapagos or the Marquessas, at least on the places we stopped.
My friend surfed a few times in the Tuamotus, but the problem is that the places we anchor
tended to be on the opposite side of the atoll from the prevailing set of waves. I believe there's some detail where the reef passes tend to form on the leeward side of the atoll, so to get to the windward side would be quite an expedition. You'd need a super dinghy
to go ~10nm around the outside of the reef in the ocean, and then... I don't know, basic safety
would be difficult. If you pop the dinghy
on the reef that far from the mothership, or it's anchor chafes on coral
while you are gone and it floats out to sea, you may not even be in handheld VHF
range to range to communicate with the mothership and be picked up. I'd take crew who'd stay on the boat and have a system so they know if you run into trouble, and have a super dinghy to boot. Or you could go more active and they could heave-to and hang out while you play for a few hours on the windward side of the reef. My friend made do with surfing on the leeward side, just around the corner from the pass, not far from where we anchored, and this apparently was good but not 'orgasmic' waves.
The back side of Tahiti
has amazing, scary surfing. Tuapoa or something like that. My friend thought this was way out of his league. The waves were enormous and over coral
. Pro surfers were there with video crews and jet skis to pull them out of the big waves.
The islands just North of Tahiti, I think Huahini but am not sure, had some kind of amazing surf thing going on. We met surfers who had flown to Tahiti, then taken a tramp freighter to these places just to surf. They talked to me like I was some kind of retard for being there and not knowing how to surf. Apparently it is that amazing there. These islands are 'medium age' -- there's lots of passes, the fringing reef is kind of tight around the island, so I can see how there'd be a lot of different places to find waves.
I went through Indonesia
, but didn't have a surfer with me at the time and so did not pay attention to the waves in that way.