Ecuador / Galapagos

Just when you thought the whole world was as crowded as Lower Trestles or Sebastian Inlet, along comes Ecuador: miles of wave-lashed coastline hiding between Colombia and Peru that the surf world has overlooked.

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Seasons and Weather

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Ecuador straddles the equator in the northwest corner of South America. Surrounded by Peru to the south and Colombia to the north, the coast of mainland Ecuador covers about five degrees of latitude and extends 700 miles out to the sea, to the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos Islands are volcanic in origin so the surf spots are all rock reefs and points, not beach breaks or sand points.

The dozen islands that make up the Galapagos chain jut thousands of feet out of the Pacific Ocean and all sides of these islands take the full measure of power from open ocean groundswells.

While getting there does take some extra effort, the combination of bottom structure and abrupt change in ocean depth makes the surf in the Galapagos more powerful and intense than anywhere along the continental coastline of South and Central America.