We arrived in MontaÃ±ita mid afternoon after some pretty hair raising driving from the bus driver. We checked into our hostel, which has beds made from bamboo and hammocks, and then just headed straight for the beach. After catching some rays we headed back to the hostel and chilled out for a bit before heading out to dinner. After dinner we went for a wander to sample what the town had to offer in the evenings. We were definitely pleasantly surprised as everybody was so sociable and we met lots of really interesting people! After having a couple of drinks with some Australians and Canadians we headed around the corner to the "nightclub", which actually had some really good live music, and danced the night away! The next day didn't really begin until 2pm when we went to grab some breakfast/lunch. After sitting on the beach for a bit I decided to take the plunge and just hire a surf board and give it a go. Mistake! I spent the next hour getting pounded by the surf and never really coming near to what you might call surfing! It was very frustrating and embarrassing. We had a relaxed evening and then an early night in preparation for more surfing in the morning.Again nothing much happened in the morning as the tide was out so there was no way of surfing, but we booked a lesson and just relaxed wandering around the town. At three came the lesson on a much smaller board than we had last time. This is a double edged sword as although it makes it harder you don't feel like such a loser carrying it along the beach. The lesson was a success and we improved our skills to the extent that we were ready to go out and catch the big surf out to sea! In the evening in a bizarre coincidence we met some English girls, one of whom lived in Leamington Spa! We played cards and had a few drinks with them and their friends Martin and Lena, which was good fun. And then we went for a bit of a midnight swim as Rory hadn't been in the Pacific yet and the others hadn't even been to the beach yet.
The following day started much the same as all the others: waiting for the tide to come in enough to surf. I was lucky enough to see a whale swimming just off the beach as he came up for air waving his enormous fin in the air. After relaxing with the girls on the beach for a bit we headed out for a bit of a solo surf. Unfortunately all of the bigger boards were taken so I had to take out my smallest board yet. I had never looked cooler walking along the beach with this respectable board. However once I got into the surf it was a different matter! I did get a couple of good surf on it in before Rory and I swapped boards and then I got out into the bigger stuff and caught some pretty good waves. I surfed until I couldn't pick myself up off the board anymore and then headed back to the hostel for a chill. Rory and I played some chess listened to some music and had a kip until around 10 when we went out to meet the others. We chatted and met some more people including a really interesting Cuban exile, a Peruvian fisherman and a man from Haiti! As stuff was starting to shut we headed to the beach for a bit of japery, which ended with me cutting my head open when a plank fell off the lifeguard hut we were climbing on. Ironic or what!