High tides or low tides don't really seem to matter to the waves in Barra de la Cruz. It's been very consistent with light winds all day long since I came here. I do at least two sessions every day and sometimes three sessions, depending on the conditions of the day and how I feel then.

The photos below show the waves on the outside section of Barra de la Cruz. These photos only show 3 to 4ft waves, but every now and then a few bombs strike us in a set.
Apparently, when much bigger swells come in, the waves start breaking further behind the rocks: the Rip Curl Search event held right here in 2006 just look phenomenal!



The above photos show the take-off section.
Waves can be very hollow or almost bowling here and if you take off deep enough (Plus if you are very good), there will be a perfect barrel to be had afterwards.


If you take off too deep and too late, the wave will throw you into a washing machine like this guy in the photo below. Ouch!


Even if you can not make a barrel, the wave lets you make all kinds of manoeuvres.




The crowd can be a bit of a problem at Barra de la Cruz like all the other famous breaks around the world.


I spend pretty much all day on the beach and keep an eye on how many guys (and girls) are out there.
Whenever the number of surfers on the line-up goes down, I paddle out and catch as many waves as I can until more guys come back out again.



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