Surf in San Fernando is mainly situated around San Juan about
north of the city in a developing "Bario" (hamlet) picturesque Urbiztondo.
Its the gateway to many uncrowded points and beachbreaks still rarely surfed,
The main Surfing is done at the right hand point in the front of the Mona
A right hand reef point break that works at its best with a north producing
swell and giving good quality
waves on its best days, can hold up to 8 to 10ft .
A beach break in the centre of the bay that offers good clean lefts and
rights that work best on a low tide
will hold up to 6 to 8ft a great fun wave but often crowded especially weekends.
The left point often works in both ways depending on swell direction but
shallow by many and is less crowded, can be a 200 metre left hander when
it works and a
freight train right hander on the north swell.
On the big days head back into town on a short Jeepney ride for the one
of the sweetest right handers you will see
Carille a 300 metre right hand point break that is highlighted by
a statue of Jesus mounted on the rocks,
its a comfortable wave thats fun to ride great for mals and short boards
North of San Juan there are beaches and points all waiting
to be explored and surfed in uncrowded conditions.
Tuboc a right hand reef point break that looks like it can go forever
is situated just north of San Juan ,
further north Bacnotan has many secret spots in and around the cement
factory and is certainly worth some exploration.
Darigayos further north again has a beautiful small bay area with
potential for a left hand point and a right hand
point either side of the bay depending on swell direction, and when big
a sandy bottom beach break.
The most amazing thing about the area is the constant supply of windless
and spectacular evening sunsets a real pleasure while you wait for the swell
Tides and Seasons
The tide here works on a 2 tide system per day 1 high and 1 low averaging
just over 12 hours between
high and low thus creeping forward each day gradually, giving longer than
normal surfing sessions on the right tide.
The most consistent time of year starts around October and goes through
to March with peak times around
December and January which tends to be the more crowded time of year attracting
surfers from all around the world.
This is the time of the north swell from north west monsoons that provide
mainly right handers to the region.
April , May are the summer months with temperatures soaring and the swell
more commonly known as "drinking season".
The wet season starts to kick in about the end of May easing the high temperatures
back down and
producing swell from the south, a bonus for goofy footers with the left-handers
coming into play.
The southern swells continue periodically until late August when once again
All in all this area provides good intermediate uncrowded waves with a friendly
with very good facilities and infrastructure just minutes from your tropical
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