Galapagos OVERVIEW

Volcanic islands 700 miles out to sea and directly on the equator, in thepath of north swells from the Gulf of Alaska and south swells from the Southern Ocean:  This is island-style surf and all that implies. Because the Galapagos Islands are volcanic, this is the land of lava rock reefs and points, not beach breaks or sand points. 

The dozen islands that make up the Galapagos chain jut up out of thousands of feet of Pacific Ocean, so all sides of these islands take the full measure of power from open ocean groundswells. This combination of bottom structure and abrupt change in ocean depth makes the surf in the Galapagos more powerful and intense than along the continental-shelved coastline of South and Central America. 

The best waves in the Galapagos Islands break on north swells but there are also a variety of south swell surf breaks that do get really good. However, the wind conditions can be cross or on-shore at the spots that receive the south swell directly, and the spots that require the swell to wrap around the island are usually smaller even though the wind may be offshore. 

WaterWays trips to the Galapagos run December though April when all elements come together for the best possible conditions and surf; and focus on the island of San Cristobal which seems to have the highest concentration of breaks of all the islands. The main spots are Carola, El Canon, El Tongo, and Loberia but more spots exist up the coast, boat access only.