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  • Playa Colorado is by far one of the most famous spots in Nicaragua and rightly so. The name itself conjures images of deep cavernous Nicaraguan barrels and broken boards. This beast of a wave breaks over a shallow sandbar, left and right, depending on the condition of the sandbar. To really score it the river mouth needs to be flowing, which makes a solid sandbar and provides some sick barrels. HINT HINT the river only flows during the rainy season. Luckily for us at GFS it’s only a five minute boat ride to get there (just sayin).  

    Perfect unridden wave and cows on the beach... very Nicaragua

    Crowd Factor: The crowd at Playa Colorado can get pretty hectic during the high season, which just so happens to be when this wave really starts pumping. So it’s no surprise that everyone is out there, and getting a fair share of waves can pose a challenge. If you are looking to surf alone this may not be the right call. However, there are always a few peaks to choose from and you can score some solid dawn patrol sessions with fewer guys out.

    Tide: This wave breaks on pretty much any tide you throw at it however, try to catch it at mid tide. Too low and it can close out and too high and it can get fat and backwashy. All depends on the sandbar. I’ve definitely seen guys get mega drained and make it out during low tide.

    Swell: Playa Colorado does a pretty decent job at picking up a fair amount of swell. However, it works best with a S or SW swell. It can break anywhere from waist high to double overhead, so pick your poison.

    by Y@DminG at 2015-04-30 17:00:15
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  • The guys are coming this week! We have a group of more than 5 time returning guests! Hoping to get some solid swell within the next few days because these guys are dead serious about surfing. We're sure to be surfed out by the end of the week. Vale is definitely going to get a…
    by Y@DminG at 2015-04-24 15:30:45
  • It’s finally here! The beginning of our 2015 season has arrived! The last few weeks have been busy to say the least but hard work pays off and we’re stoked on the adventures to come! Our head surf guide Conrad is currently putting the final touches Vale La Pena (our boat) and we’re sure she’ll…
    by Y@DminG at 2015-03-12 21:42:57
  • GFS is looking for a Social Media and Marketing Intern for the 2015 season! If you or someone you know has the chops and wants to spend a few months living on the beach and getting barreled, contact us at
    by Y@DminG at 2015-01-27 15:32:58
  • I know, life is pretty rough for us down here. But our short break of over-rich american food, TV shows about famous people whose soul source of fame is that one same show, and explaining to family that ebola isn't a 'thing' in Nicaragua has come to an end. Things have been pretty flat and…
    by Y@DminG at 2015-01-06 16:10:10
  • by Y@DminG at 2014-09-08 15:28:38
  • Ok. That's a lie. We can't promise that. But... There's a lot you can learn from video review. Ever wonder why your frontside turns just aren't making tight arcs like the pros? Look at your arm placement. Now look at the pros. See the difference? You get the point. In addition to video review, our…
    by Y@DminG at 2014-08-28 15:10:38
  • [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"]This is our house manager, Dan, lazy-larry'ing it through an end section at Playa Santana while our former guest Cody cheers him on. Go Dan! #surfnicaragua #traveltuesday #tt #valelapena[/caption]
    by Y@DminG at 2014-08-19 18:13:38
  • This is our head surf guide, Conrad, getting some of that internet money!
    by Y@DminG at 2014-08-14 21:47:03
  • Here's a Surfline Feature where you can watch pro surfers Oliver Kurtz, Koa Smith, and Luke Davis rip the waves of the Nica coast to pieces. Check it:  
    by Y@DminG at 2014-05-14 12:46:20
  • Well, that was awesome. Our last group said they keep coming back to Giant's Foot Surf—and they've been back every summer since their first visit six years ago—because every time they do, they score great waves at a diversity of breaks... and this summer was no different. The surf was pumping from Yanqui to Playgrounds…
    by Y@DminG at 2014-05-06 17:01:52

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