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  • [caption id="attachment_1169" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Shot By @Nicasurfshots Shot By @Nicasurfshots[/caption] Hi Giants Foot followers,   I am fairly new to this expat community in which Playa Gigante has thrived from, so I wanted to get the insiders scoop on the big swell season. I went ahead and interviewed a special person who has been coming to this town, at the end of the road, for the last decade about the high light of 2016, surfing Giant’s Foot bay.   Hi Derek, it is lovely meeting you and thank you for taking the time to speak with me. So, tell me, how long has it been since you first came to Playa Gigante?   I fell in love with Nicaragua when I first came here in 2007   And in those 10 years, have you ever experienced a swell like the one on June and July of 2016?   Before moving here, I would only come down for a week or two at a time. So I’m not here for every swell that comes through and though I have been here for a few big ones, I am sure there have been swells similar to this one but for me, it was one of the biggest I have seen here.   What was your initial reaction when you the saw the wave breaking on the North end point of Playa Gigante?   I was actually paddling out to surf the left that breaks off the other side of the point. The left is a bigger but fatter wave, but the right is much more hollow and shallow. I remember seeing a good size set come through and seeing the right do what I have heard it’s capable of, and it grabbed my attention immediately.   Okay, okay, be honest with me for a second, did fear ever kick in?   This wave is known to be one of the more dangerous in the area so it had me thinking a lot. It also rarely breaks so I knew I had to either give it a go or wait at least another year for it. That made me a bit anxious haha.   The image below is Derek on one of the largest waves of the set, taken by @NicaSurfShots [caption id="attachment_1170" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Shot by @NicaSurfShots Shot by @NicaSurfShots[/caption]   Did you feel prepared going in the water?   I’d say I was physically prepared but I didn’t become mentally committed until I caught a few and took a few spills. I also hit the rock pretty good too which shook out a bit of the nerves ironically. I never fully got comfortable out there, that’s for sure.   I hear that the best surfer is the one having the most fun, what are your thoughts on this?   I think we all started because we have fun out there. I mean.. how can anyone have a bad attitude doing something they love?   So, now that you have lived a consecutive two year here, what are your thoughts on beginners and intermediate surfers flying down here and surfing their brains out?   Come on down! It’s a relatively easy destination to get to in order to surf world class waves with potentially no one else out. But let me tell ya, if you do see another surfer out there, try and keep a good attitude   Well, there you have it folks. Straight from the horses mouth. COME ONE DOWN! No matter what skill level you have, Giant’s Foot will guide you properly on when the time of the year is most fit for you!
    by Verina Olivari at 2017-03-05 17:33:29
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  • For those of you who wondered what a day at GFS could look like. Let me tell you a story from last week... Your day probably starts really early, around 5 am. Why? You know, sometimes the tide and the swell is just perfect at that time and also you will hardly ever share a…
    by Verina Olivari at 2016-08-11 17:49:41
  • Remember that 6 lame excuses excuses stuff i wrote about the other week? I hope you take that seriously and i see you here next week! Because swell is picking up, surf seems to be pumping all week. We even made that last minute may special for you to get you out of the wetsuit…
    by Verina Olivari at 2016-06-01 17:37:16
  • Is that you Mr. Surfgod? If yes, what have we done wrong that you send us shoulder high waves instead of predicted double overhead+? We all finished our dishes, we were friendly to our environment and even to the pigs that mess up our trashcans every night. Why do you punish us? Or was it…
    by Verina Olivari at 2016-05-13 00:43:39
  • 1. "I can't leave my child and partner at home alone, they need me and i need them!" ... You serious? They won't see you anyways, no matter if you're working or surfing. So pack your shit, take your surf partner and book your package at Giants Foot. Call your parents for baby sitting in…
    by Verina Olivari at 2016-05-05 19:50:28
  • Yup, we are freakin excited. You wanna know why? I could give you hundreds of reasons. The squad is complete, the boat is in top form, the water is perfect, waves are getting better and and and... As I told you hundreds of reasons. And guess what? The season has only just begun. If you…
    by Verina Olivari at 2016-04-25 22:01:49
  • This week was another evidence that local knowledge is money. While everyone tried to score the overhead swell at overcrowded Colorados, Conrad our Head Surf Guide boated us to breaks you only had dreamed of before. Long walls, wide open barrels and no one out. Damn! You're the Man Conrad. With the new week beginning…
    by Verina Olivari at 2016-04-19 22:01:55
  • “The flattest week in decades” is even the nicest description for what we have experienced this week. I mean flat in Nicaragua still turns out to be at least chest high surf and some fun little barrels but maaan you don't see this a lot around here. A week without head high surf, you kiddin…
    by Verina Olivari at 2016-04-11 21:04:55
  •   The staff here at GFS have been busy working very hard this month. Taking guests to the ultimate breaks and surfing our brains out can be quite tiring, but also very rewarding. There's nothing else we'd rather do! We're just wrapping up Semana Santa here in Gigante Bay. Semana Santa is 'Holy Week' for the…
    by Bryce at 2016-03-29 17:17:22
  • When is Rainy Season in Nicaragua? [caption id="attachment_1046" align="aligncenter" width="1046"] Gigante Bay during Rainy Season. View from the top of the Giants Foot hike.  Photo Credit: Julia Read[/caption] After the recent downpour I think it’s official, rainy season in Nicaragua is here. There are two seasons in Nicaragua. Dry season, from December to April and rainy…
    by Julia Read at 2015-10-12 20:03:34
  • The Food at Giants Foot Surf Tours is not just Rice and Beans! The inspiration for this blog post came when I heard a local Nicaraguan band playing a song at our neighbouring Hostel’s open mic night that essentially consisted of the following lyrics, “Rice and Beans, Rice and Beans, every day it’s Rice and…
    by Julia Read at 2015-09-21 15:43:22

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