14th September 2009 - 18th September 2009
It takes just over an hour to get to La Libertad - the surf capital of El Salvador. This is lucky considering it took us about 2 hours to find a bus to take us there. We made our first mistake by deciding to walk in the heat to the bus terminal, only to find out when we got there that it had closed down. We consulted the Lonely Planet and jumped in a cab to the other bus terminal which would get us there only to find that the Lonely Planet was once again wrong and we'd travelled 5kms in the wrong direction. We jumped back in the cab and paid the extra money to get to the correct terminal and were on a bus and in La Libertad before we knew it.
La Libertad is a small town which is trying to boost its tourism but it's not quite there yet so we caught another chicken bus to El Tunco, 7km down the road. We quickly found a place to stay and checked out the main strip. It wasn't as built up as we thought it would be but would still suit our surfing desire. We weren't long hanging out on the beach when I heard my name called and it was our friend Michael from the Belizean sailing trip. We had a few beers and that night we hung out with him and the three girls he was travelling with.
While we were in El Tunco we did two days of surfing. I got surf lessons on both days and my guide did a great job keeping me safe from getting dunked in the big waves and by the second day I was standing up on the big mal which was a very exhilarating feeling. Sammy aced it of course thanks to his days this past summer surfing with Marky so he only got the one lesson and braved it on his own the second day. We're both totally loving the surfing now dudes! The Fridays surf wasn't that great so we decided to head onto Nicaragua where there would also be surf and hopefully more friends to make.