|Whether you are an experienced surfer looking for a secluded surf spot off the beaten path, or whether it is your first time attempting to get up on a surf board, let us enhance your surfing experience here in Santa Catalina. With a profound respect for the local surfing community we offer a wide array of options to suit your surfing needs. CHECK OUT OUR SURF CAMPS!!|
Surf Board Rentals
When learning to surf there are key elements that make the experience enjoyable as you become adept in this sport:
A positive attitude
A great forgiving beach break
A good board to learn with…suitable length and shape for easy learning and smooth progression made of durable material.
We have a wide range of boards for rent. Longboards, a few soft tops, short boards, fun boards and fish boards are available to enjoy the beach breaks such as Playa Estero or Town Beach, and El Punta for a world-class point break. Our rental fleet includes Stewart Longboards, BOA, LOST, and Bics to name a few ranging from 9.2 to 6.3.
Price: $10/half day and $15/full day. Multi day rates available.
Another contributing factor in learning how to surf is to have a great teacher/instructor!!
Allow us to co-ordinate a lesson with our Fluid staff or one of the local phenomenas who have spent their lives surfing on Santa Catalina’s waves.
Price: $35/person – includes 1-2 hours with an instructor and board rental for the day
We are happy to offer touring SUP’s. Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to explore the coastline, secluded beaches or paddle out to Santa Catalina Island for the day or a few hours. We are using high volume, quality boards designed for touring, not for wave surfing. We don’t want to add SUP’s to the surfing point break but we’re excited to offer SUP’s for touring, exploration, on-water yoga and exercise.
Rental costs: 1/2 day $50, Full day $90
The area around Santa Catalina offers the perfect environment for SUP touring. Exploring the coastline, seeing the town from the water, heading out to Santa Catalina Island are great ways to experience this sport. Have a guide take you out on the water to learn some new techniques and learn about the varied flora fauna and history of the area.
1/2 day tours $80, Full Day Tours starting at $120
Other SUP tour options include a day trip to El Banco and a boat assisted tour to Isla Gobernadero or Isla Cebaco.
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Allow us to organize a trip to one of the many beach or point breaks accessible by boat or by car. Sometimes it’s nice to leave everyone behind and seek out a more remote wave, hopefully having it all to ourselves. Contact us for options.
Surf Info For the Area
Santa Catalina is an internationally recognized surf spot, and you will generally surf with anywhere from 5 to 10 surfers in the water. On crowded days, we have seen up to 30 surfers in the water. The beach breaks often provide the opportunity to work on your skills with more space than you will find at the Point
Punta Catalina or The Point
As described in the Surf Report, Santa Catalina is “A perfect point break with long, hollow, powerful waves over volcanic rock bottom. One of the most consistent and biggest surf breaks in Panama, rarely under 4′ and as big as 15-20′ faces with a good swell.”
There are a variety of conditions and a strong tidal push among the Catalina surf waves due to the fact that the tides fluctuate up to 18′ between high & low tide. When the swell is over 8 feet, you can generally surf right through the low tide; otherwise Catalina is best at medium to high tide. Low tide can get quite shallow and hollow with steep drops and very fast walls. The break offers a cent peak with rights and lefts, however the rights are more perfect and hollow than the lefts. If the wave is busy, or you prefer lefts there is a shorter left that is typically shorter and without the same competition for the longer rights.
TIP: When surfing this main break, surf with respect, and acknowledge your ability. If you are not accustomed to surfing powerful, overhead reef surf, try one of the Beach Breaks (listed below). There is a definite local surf scene, as well as an established pecking order in the lineup. Lack of respect to them can lead to very frustrating sessions, as the locals can easily shut one down. Show a smile, be respectful, and the locals will return the favour!
Catalina Beach Break
A sand beach break with hollow lefts and rights and some close-outs. About 1 mile long with rock points on each side, located South of the Catalina hotels, where the main road ends. Normally slightly smaller waves than Catalina point. This wave must be surfed at mid to low tide.
Estero Beach Break
Is a long beach break located to the left of the main point break, about a 15 minute walk from the town. It has lefts and rights over sand bottom. This is a favorite for beginners to start out and where Fluid instructors take you for lessons.
A point break located to the left of the Estero Beach Break. It breaks at low tide over sharp rock bottom, and has lefts and rights, but the lefts are best. It is very powerful and has a great tube section. We recommend using surf booties for this spot as it is quite dangerous to get in and out of the water and is not recommended to beginners.
If you drive down the beach at low tide with a 4×4, be sure to watch the tidesâ€¦they can come up fast and you cannot get through the river section to get back to Santa Catalina. Weâ€™ve helped push more than a few vehicles out of the river…donâ€™t get caught!
Is a point break on the opposite side of the town of Santa Catalina, accessible by boat or by foot, about a 30 minute walk over the rock reef (bring shoes or booties!). It is a left point break surfed at low tide over a rock bottom ledge, with short rides, but big hollow tubes. It is known to break boards so be careful.
Is a large island located directly to the left of Santa Catalina. You can get to the surf breaks by boat, about a 1 hour boat ride. There are 3 breaks on the island. One is a beach break with rights and lefts. The other is a right point over rock bottom. The other is a left point over rock bottom. Fluid offers kayak trips and excursions to this location as well.
Let us share these great surfing spots as well as others in the Veraguas region with you!! (Morillo, Negrito and ‘other’ spots)