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Surfing in Puerto Escondido - Surfing Puerto Escondido - Mexico

Puerto Escondido was known for surfing long before it became a vacation paradise. One of the local beaches, Playa Zicatela, is home to the well-known “Mexican Pipeline,” a long, hollow wave formation. The consistency and difficulty of the waves make it one of the best surfing beaches around; the "pipeline" is a reference to a similarly famous and treacherous surfing area in Hawaii.

As a result of the waves, surfing competitions, such as the World Masters Championships or the Mexipipe Challege, are often held in the area. The best time for surfing is from April to November, when waves in the pipeline can be over 6-feet tall. In mid-November, a world-renowned surfing contest is held at Playa Zicatela in conjunction with Puerto Escondido's Fiesta de Noviembre. Even if you're not a competitor, the contests are still fun to watch.

Playa Bachoco is another great place to head if you're looking for expert-level waves. For the inexperienced, there are also beginning surfing classes available at beaches with much calmer waters. 

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