Huanchaco and Chicama

A day before we went to Chicama Eduardo had managed to poison himself, so he was really hurting. He was very weak and threatening to throw up a lot. He had lit a mosquito coil in his room and the toxins really made him sick. If I was in his condition I’m not sure I would have even climbed in the van After ruins and some fun off road Julio took us by his friends Hacienda. It is one of the many haciendas of the family that owns Gloria milk. If you have been to South America you know the brand. They are into many other things beside milk like yogurt, juice and sugar production. This hacienda looks like its glory days are gone by but still a beautiful estate. A mini soccer field, full soccer field, two pools, horses and more. And of course a bull fighting ring and a train on a man made hill. Yep not a real hacienda without this:

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Was a great day of riding of light off road goofing off and seeing some cool sites. Julio is a very nice guy and made it clear that if we need anything for the motos or have any problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to him. All of us even a few non-riders went to Julio’s bar in Trujillo for some drinks n Tuesday night because Martin and Kasia were leaving the next day. Thanks Julio for being such a great host to all of us!!

A sunset beer before we head off to Julio’s bar. Well at least I am having a beer! Jk I have never seen Martin and Eduardo turn down a cold one.

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And a sad good bye to Martin and Kasia. I hope to see them again somewhere south!

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Very fun peeps! Martin is a strong believer in ATGATT(All The Gear All The Time). This was on a quick ride to Trujillo one day.

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This dude cracks me up! Why even wear the jacket. Polish logic I guess!

The swell in Huanchaco was getting huge and unsurfable. None of the locals even go out in these conditions. It is not a wave that holds up under a big swell. Eduardo and I decided to go back to Chicama for the day and try to catch the longest left wave in 2-3 meter conditions. We had to meet the van at 7 am and this was how the main street looked after high tide in the middle of the night.

The Chicama crew
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I was a bit nervous heading to Chicama because 3 meters is really above my comfort and ability level. When we arrived in the morning the waves were about 2 and 2.5 at times. Something I can handle. We caught some great waves in the morning and went back to Chicama Surf Camp(where we stayed before aka Inti Surf) just to chill and rest for the evening session. Once we got out in the afternoon the swell had grown to 2.5-3+. I dropped in on a couple but it wasn’t with much success. It was pure survival mode out there. Just too big and to many sets coming in for me. Might have been able to pull off a few waves from a boat but we were paddling.

People were getting rides almost from the point to the left to where the pic ends to the right. Just amzing. The current is crazy here though and you have to paddle to the left always just to stay in position.
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After a great day of surfing

but he did and made the best of the day. I had caught some of the best waves of my life so I was pretty jacked up and got a big beer for the ride home. Eddy rested. He and I were having very different experiences on the ride home!

I didn’t wake him up and he thought the pics were funny. I wasn’t without my struggles. I sunburned my eyes and it was really hard to see at the end of the session. And it was totally worth it. Wish my eyes were sunburned right now!

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