Plan Your Surf Trip with Jo Pickett

Cold weather brings warmer climes to mind, with waves! A couple of options appeal to me this time of year, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. Of course, Puerto Rico has no passport requirement. Contact Jo Pickett for consultation and trip scheduling. For individuals, families, and small groups, I will assist with airfare purchase information, lodging, food shopping, and of course, wave guiding! I have many years of experience at these venues, and will choose the best waves for you! The surf at these locations is warm and the ocean is clear. Other activities such as snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding, and SUP offer enjoyment for everyone. Challenge yourself in fun surf every day of your surf vacation, and during this vacation, you will improve your surf skills because I will be coaching, videoing, and photographing your sessions to manifest your success! Plan your surf trip with me and improve your surf skills and enjoyment!GFS_3044

Eastern Surfing Association Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Folly Beach, SC

ESA Midatlantic Regionals Maryland 2013

Eastern Surfing Association Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Folly Beach, SC

The migration begins, and the Eastern Surfing Association tents, scaffolding, and vendor tents are going up! Surfers from Maryland to Georgia are traveling to surf Folly Beach, SC. Competing in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, finalists earn a slot in the Eastern Surfing Association Easterns Finals, held in Nags Head, NC, in September. Crystal South Surf Camp Director Jo Pickett surfing the Ladies Final in Ocean City, Maryland, 2013.

ESA Midatlantic Regionals Maryland 2013

ESA Midatlantic Regionals Maryland 2013

The Land of the Waves

Surf Camp and Surf Lessons in Wrightsville Beach, NC

This post is about the infamous land of the waves, Nicaragua and my many adventures there!

Stunning sunsets, offshore wind all day, waves of every variety…..for these reasons and more, I keep returning to Nicaragua. Travel by panga to several world class waves within 30 minutes of each other! Wave savvy boat captains, assisted by local mates, will choose the best swell and tide for optimum surf sessions. For seven years, I have focused on the Popoyo region in southern Nicaragua. I am expanding my territory, adding wave venues and accommodations providers to my repertoire.
Nicaragua, known as “the land of lefts”, has many quality setups; combinations of offshore rock reef, headland, and rivermouth. Often, all three of these features create fabulous surf. Some breaks are hollow, others mellow. My favorite wave happens to be a right affectionately called “Beachies”, a fickle barrel that forms when swell funnels through an offshore slab, swings left toward a rivermouth, and then boomerangs right! Local surf guides school me on this wave.