Sleeping in wasn’t an option this morning…the tide was good at first light and the swell was still pretty pumping. Yesterday it worked all the way through the high tide! Today is a bit smaller, we’re not sure if it’s going to work all the way through the high tide, but it’s still too big for freight trains/Puerto Sandino. There’s a lot of sand moving and we’re hoping that with this swell moving some more sand, Freight Trains will be better than before.
Just a note on Freight Trains/Puerto Sandino: Most of you know it’s our ‘go to’ spot and most of the time it’s for good reason. When Freight Trains/Puerto Sandino is good…it’s one of the best in the world. That said, it’s a sand bar and not a reef…so it moves and shifts shape with the ranging tides and swells that create and effect the estuary current. This year is something of an El Nino year, or so we hear and we’ve had little to no rain. This means the river estuary is only flowing with tidal flow and not the additional rain surge that would come with our seasonal rains. Thus the sand bar has been oddly shaped and often mushy, especially when the waves are bigger. On small days, the sand bar seems to hold the swell pretty well and we can score some little ones….we’ve been staying away on the bigger days as we’d rather surf some heavy hollow stuff out front at Punta Miramar rather than go over to ‘cutback city’, which is what we’ve been calling Freight Trains/Puerto Sandino lately. We expect above average rain later in the season…and possibly some more frequent and large late season swells. This could be good for those of you with time off in the off season. Typically the crowds are light to non-existent and there could be more waves to go around than people to surf them…one could hope.