ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST OF NICARAGUA, it’s the wind that beckons traveling surfers. Like clockwork, as Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua warm under the morning sun, an offshore breeze rises to a crescendo, sculpting sandbar peaks and holding shallow slabs wide open.
It’s those crisp offshores that initially lured Tyler Warren and Ellis Ericson to the Central American playground, where they recently chased waves and field tested some of their latest self-shaped surfcraft. They found a bounty of wind-groomed breaks and got to work dismantling them on twin fins, single-fin tube shooters, edge boards, and other eclectic fare.
But, as Warren and Ericson discovered, there’s more to Nicaragua than the relentlessly good waves. From the bubbling magma at the Masaya volcano, to the colonial cathedrals in the country’s old capitol of León, to the 126-year-old Flor de Caña rum distillery in Chichigalpa, there’s no shortage of ways to kill time between swells and sample the local flavor.