The Galápagos Islands situated well off the coast of mainland Ecuador would have to be among one of the most undiscovered surfing regions on the planet. With the Galápagos boasting over 18 major islands that sit in the direct path of both large North and South swells that frequent the region I firmly believe that the surf potential here is truly limitless. These stunning islands are littered with numerous reef slabs, point breaks and beach breaks and with many still waiting to be discovered and surfed. A true surf explorers dream.
While visiting the island of Santa Cruz I was fortunate enough to be invited on a boat trip with a dozen of Ecuador's best surfers to document a wave that had only just been discovered and first surfed less than six months earlier by local surf guide Nicolas Andrade and his friends. It was a truly surreal experience weaving through large ocean swells along the rugged coastline of Santa Cruz island for over 45 minutes before arriving at our destination, a rocky pointbreak virtually in the middle of nowhere. Many of the best waves in the Galápagos are accessible only by boat and this wave was no exception.
On arrival we were greeted by a perfect peeling left hand point break and despite the slightly ruffled wind conditions the crew of Ecuador rippers proceeded to tear the sh%t out of this quality wave for the next three hours. While the wave was on the more playful side this day Nicolas assured me that the spot regularly delivers up more than it's fair share of ledgey barrels once the swell is a tad bit bigger. The surf crew consisted of some of Ecuador's best surfers who were on hand to compete in the first National Titles event to be held in the Galápagos region. I was without a doubt among good company which includied the likes of Ecuadorian National Champ Jonathan "El Gato" Zambrano and local Galapian rippers Michael Moreno Ballesteros and Juan Pablo Gerrero just to name a few. They say a picture speaks a thousand words so less chit-chat as it is time for you to browse the images captured to gain an essence of what went down this day.
If you are interested in visiting the Galápagos to surf please to check my extensive guide to surfing the region Survival of the Fittest.