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Surfing - Surfing Montañita - Ecuador

Montañita has quite the reputation among surfers of all levels of experience. Not only is it one of the best places in Ecuador to learn surfing, but La Punta (The Point)—which is at the northern end of Montañita's beach—is known for having the longest right surf break in Ecuador and has waves that reach up to three meters (9.8 ft) high in good conditions. Every year, Montañita also hosts a national surfing championship.

Especially on the beach between the town center and La Punta, it seems as if there is a surf school every few meters. Most offer two-hour lessons for $20-25 and surfboard rentals for $4-6 per hour. The lessons usually include a technical land component and a supervised in-water session.

Two recommended schools are:

"Escuela de Surf"—on the beach north of Montañita's town center. Tel: 09-232-7110. It has six instructors, some of who speak English and one who was selected to surf in Montañita's surfing championship.

"Local Pro Surf Shop"—daily 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Av. Guido Chiriboga, between Ca. Segunda and Av. Primera A. Tel: 08-860-2545. Certified by the International Surfing Association, this surfing schoolwhich opened in 1996has national and international surfing champions as instructors. It also doubles as a surf shop and sells surfboards, wetsuits and other equipment.

Montañita, Ecuador


By Jena Davison

I am a curious, passionate and free-spirited travel writer, currently working as a Staff Writer and Editor for V!VA. Shortly after...

14 Sep 2012

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