The surf is up in Huanchaco if you can handle it. Peruvian longboard champions of times gone by now give lessons to those eager enough. Beware: the water is freezing, requiring a wet suit, and the beach is rough on the feet. Despite these two setbacks, the prices and the instructional knowledge are worth it. Walk along the malecÃ³n to compare prices offered at the different surf shops. Guide, surfboard and wet suit are usually part of the deal.
To start, try Muchik Surf School (Tel: 774-948, URL: www.escueladetablamuchik.com), which offers surfing lessons in both Spanish and English to beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers. The brothers who run the school, Omar and Chicho Huamanchumo, have nearly 20 years of experience with teaching the water sport, and charge about $20 for a two-hour lesson and all-day board and wetsuit rental. It also organizes surfing trips to nearby beaches such as Puerto Chicama, Pacasmayo and PuÃ©mape.
Another good option is Indigan Surf School (Dean Saavedra 582, about 100 m/328 ft from the beach, near the center of town. Tel: 462-591), run by the friendly and charismatic Urcia brothers. Instructors John, Giancarlos and Juninho are each nationally ranked on the Peruvian surf circuit, so they definitely know their stuff! Together, they know Spanish, German and English, and offer lessons to surfers of all skill levels. With years of teaching experience, they are sure to get you up on the board and surfing the waves into shore in no time.
Finally, stop by Un Lugar (Ca. Athualpa 225 and Bolognesi. Tel: 949-577-170), a surf school that rents surfboards and wet suits, and whose instructor, former surf champion Juan Carlos, offers two-hour private lessons for $17. Juan Carlos also takes volunteers for his local project, which involves teaching underprivileged children surfing for free.
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