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Panama in July (advanced beginner) #2937277
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Hi. My title probably says it all, but here's the longer version:

I consider myself an advanced beginner. I've surfed in various countries, but don't get to practice much most of the year.

Annnyway, I'm deciding between taking lessons in Playa Venao or somewhere in Bocas. I'm 38, speak Spanish, and don't need a huge party scene, but wouldn't mind it, either. Considering all this, does anyone have any advice on which I should go for (since I'm not going to both places on this trip)?

Also--anyone have any experience in Guanico? There's a newish surf camp there with good reviews, but I would love more input. I might combine that with my time in Venao if I go that route.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Panama in July (advanced beginner) [Re: Wanderer22] #2937731
04/04/19 11:59 AM
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Hi,
Yeah no bocas wont have waves. Try the pacific side.

Venao and guanico are kinda close together yes.

the jewel in our pacific side is santa catalina , though...
Let me know if i can be of any help.

Closer to panama city theres great waves. But you need swell for those to come alive.
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Re: Panama in July (advanced beginner) [Re: paunch23] #2939097
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My friend went to Bocas last July and scored

Re: Panama in July (advanced beginner) [Re: Wanderer22] #2939239
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Yeah could happen but is off season. I have scored in september. No tourists.

On your way to venao you’ll pass teta beach and el palmar. If theres swell i’d check those out. If not just keep goin. The more west you go, the more chance to score.

Bocas has way better waves👌🏻


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Re: Panama in July (advanced beginner) [Re: paunch23] #2939310
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I keep looking at Bocas for Christmas time but not sure my non surfing wife is going to have enough to do.

Re: Panama in July (advanced beginner) [Re: Wanderer22] #2939341
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advanced beginner = intermediate.
Surfing has 3 basic levels of talent.
Beg/int/adv. Ask Kelly.

The intermediate level is difficult.
Could last a decade.
Or in New Jersey a lifetime.

Re: Panama in July (advanced beginner) [Re: Wanderer22] #2941979
04/14/19 11:00 AM
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agree...

more than a decade for me!!!!! pretty amazing to see waves that i wouldn't even looked at, get totally destroyed by the younger ripper kids.


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Re: Panama in July (advanced beginner) [Re: Wanderer22] #2942096
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There are fun waves in Bocas during June/July. The trades blow straight across the Caribbean Sea during that time of year generating some pretty fun trade swell. During that same time, the ITCZ is situated directly over Panama, which keeps the coastal winds light or variable. I was down there working at a biological station during June/July and scored some fun surf. If it goes flat you can always take a bus to the Pacific side or a short flight into Costa Rica. I say go for it.


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