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Lobitos

Lobitos

Talara - Piura, Peru

Surf, Bodyboard

The Lobitos left was unknown about until recently. Located in a ruined village, it is now one of the most coveted destinations. This wave which can reach two hundred metres in length has become so popular due to the perfection of the seabed, which creates a quality, mechanical and fun wave. Additionally, the recent videos and above all the famous Taylor Steele production in which Rob Machado appears surfing dreamy lefts, are some of the keys as to why the amount of people wanting surf at Lobitos is growing rapidly.

The beach is situated 70 kilometres south of Máncora, at 1147 kilometres on the North Pan-American Highway. It’s 18 kilometres north of Talera in the Pariñas district. Lobitos was a stop for English oil companies at the beginning of the 20th century and the oil platforms are still embedded in the sea, silent, invaded only by countless birds and idle sea lions. The abundance of sea lions is real problem for the local fishermen and for this reason it ended up being call Lobitos. It should also be mentioned that there is more and more preoccupation that this rapid growth is done in the correct way, especially considering that the sewage system and transport links are still poor and unable to deal with the growing amount of visitors. However, the local community is increasingly aware that to make Lobitos a reference place for surfing, the waves are as important as taking care of and respecting the environment.

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Conditions

The best season is during the austral winter, but there can be good conditions at any time of year, including the summer. In the winter, the swells come from the S – SSW and are better quality than the NW swells in the summer. With more south the waves open more and with more west they are hollower as the lines are more vertical towards the beach. The favourable wind is S – SE but although it blows onshore, it maintains its quality due to the good bottoms. It’s better to surf all of the Lobitos peaks at sunrise and sunset, when the wind goes back to being offshore.

There are four main peaks. The furthest left is called Baterías because of the oil platforms that are in front of the peak. This peak has the most exposure to the swells and therefore holds well with a small size, from 2 to 10 feet. With low tide it has good barrels and is more powerful than the other peaks, especially in the final section. You should also know that when there are good conditions, there is also a strong current so it’s difficult to paddle. The next peak is El Hueco, possibly the most solid barrel in the zone and therefore the most popular when it is working. It works from 5 to 10 feet and can sometimes be linked up to the Lobitos peak. Take care of the rocks by the take off zone. Lobitos is the third peak, perhaps the most consistent and most rippable. It’s not too demanding and works with all tides. At high tide the inside becomes deeper and it offers a fun final section. The Piscinas peak is located more to the right and gets its name from the nearby rock pools. This peak offers an easy wave which is a bit faster in the sections closest to the beach. It’s much better at low tide and as it’s the furthest away it is always quieter. The best way to get to it is by walking along the beach. The climate at Lobitos is colder than at the tourist beaches further north, a 3 mm wetsuit is sufficient.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Left Pointbreak
  • Wind
    SE
  • Tide
    Medium - high
  • Swell
    S - SW
  • Bottom
    Sand - rocks
  • Size
    3 to 6 ft
  • Time of year
    From august to october
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