Old Mans (Acapulquito)
Acapulquito beach is better known by foreign people as Old Mans and is with out a question one of the most steady and easy to ride waves around San Jose del Cabo.
Due to the nice swells coming into the sea of Cortez this wave runs consistently practically all Spring and Summer long (March to September), for the most part of the year water temperature is warm and pleasant but can be a bit cold at the beginning of Spring season, so a good wetsuit would be a wise choice to paddle out this spot in that time of the year.
The wave consists of a rocky bottom (Reef) and begins with a friendly peak that soon finds the first rock bed that acts as a ramp causing the wave to gain some height and start breaking to the right. Its progression allows surf riders to see perfectly where it will start breaking and anticipate/paddle accordingly to catch it. Once you , the drop is one if the most friendly ones you can find in Mexico with a smooth evolution that will allow you to place your surfboard correctly and start running the wave to the right and enjoy a wave of up to 500 feet long, weather you are a regular or goofy footer you’ll be able to enjoy this surf spot like no other in San Jose.
Beginners – Intermediates -Experienced
Shipwrecks (El Cardón)
With out a question the most famous wave in the East Cape. Internationally recognized as one of the best of the whole Baja, this surf sport requires special care and attention in order to stay safe. It has special channels to go out and in that you’ll be able to know with one of our expert guides.
The wave has a rocky bottom that may not be too friendly with surfers, seen from the air, the reef is a triangle shaped formation, with the base aligned with the beach and the tip of the triangle right where the wave starts to break.
This is one of the most tubular and solid waves in Cabo that can reach up to 15 feet, when Spring and Summer swells arrive the best surfing sessions are early in the morning before the wind messes the fun or late in the afternoon after it’s over (the plus of an afternoon session is enjoying an amazing cabo sunset full of pastel colors).
If you want to surf this wave you need to be in good shape and have a fast and consistent paddling technique because the drop on this one is fast that requires the mentioned in order to be able to accommodate your surfboard correctly and start running one of the most fun barrels in La Baja.
Intermediates – Experienced
The Rock (La Roca)
Its name says it all, this wave breaks in a reef rock around 350 feet from the shore and is one of the fastest and more fun waves around the costa azul area staying consistent with any kind of groundswell or windswell during spring and summer. Even when the Rock is a crowded spot, both locals and non locals converge in a friendly way but if you want to avoid the crowd, it’s better to surf it early in the morning before the temperature increases.
Surfing this spot is mainly for intermediates and experienced surfers because access to the beach and the impact zone is a bit tricky, finding the right channels to paddle in and out is a must to stay safe. If you are unfamiliar with riding unknown waves, a surf guide would be a wise choice to enjoy this surf spot safely and show off your surfing repertoire.
This wave has a fast drop that smooths out when you are correctly positioned on the impact zone (right next where the wave hits the rock and modifies the face of the wave). You would need to generate speed right away if you want to take the wave all the way down to the beach. Like all of Costa Azul surf spots, this one has a reef/rocky bottom, best practice is never getting your feet off the board to avoid any possible injuries.
Intermediates – Experienced
Middles is a perfect wave for beginner surfers, probably the friendliest one you can find in San José and the Los Cabos area plus it has a beautiful surrounding view of Costa Azul lands.
The perfect time to surf this spot is from March to July as is when the swells come to the Cortez sea.
As many other spots Middles has a rocky bottom too but you won’t have to worry too much about it, with a high tide you won’t even be able to see the rocks.
Catching waves is easy in this one, you’d be able to see them coming from the right surf spot as Middles is practically an extension of The Rock and therefore share the same shore. Surfing this wave is suitable for people that is in the process of learning how to surf or people that want to surf fun and easy waves with out too much hassle.
This wave is “fat” and relatively slow, consequently it can be surfed nicely with a wide surfboard or a longboard.
Staying on the right of a cumulation of rocks is the right place to paddle and catch the lip of the wave. The drop is very soft and the face of the wave is small but runs for a good distance making it super fun for newbies.
A good advantage of this spot is you can easily paddle to other breaks and be surfing bigger waves in no time.
Beginners – Intermediates
Zippers (Costa Azul)
This is the most famous wave in the area, a world class wave that harbors each July an international World Surfing League event – the Los Cabos Open of Surf. For the past 5 years this event has put on the map this surf spot like no other in los Cabos.
Perfect waves right outside your hotel, a good surfing session and going back to your hotel for a healthy breakfast with a great seaview. No wonder why zippers is one of the most beloved and visited surf spots in Cabo.
But, as much as everyone likes it, this is the most local wave and locals may not be too friendly as they are in other surf spots so in this case it’s recommended to be accompanied with a surf guide.
The wave breaks in a bed of round rocks and like most spots in Costa azul, it always breaks to the right, making it perfect for regular surfers. If you are looking for speed and power this is your wave.
The spot begins with a first section where each wave is long enough to allow you to position in the perfect place where it will start breaking. Paddling quickly is essential to gain the advantage position to ride the wave.
Once the wave hits the rocky bottom it creates a fast drop with some upright degree of difficulty.
What makes this wave special among all the others in Los Cabos is that is very steady and uniform allowing surfers to do some radical maneuvers, it’s also apt for some air tricks on the inside of the spot (don’t forget it’s a rocky bottom so stay safe!).
In the days when good swells arrive and waves are overhead or double overhead you can get tubbed in some small barrels, what more can you ask for?
Intermediates – Experienced