Buchupureo- Chilean Coast
After five days in Nevados de Chilean, the Dakine team made our way to the Chilean coast for a change of scenery.
As often happens in ski resorts, I did feel like I was in a bubble while up on the mountain, so it was good to get the chance to see more of the local culture.
We made a quick stop at the local Chillan market, apparently one of the most famous in Chile. It had everything from fruit and veg, dried foods, ponchos, leather goods and a curious number of stalls dedicated to dog food.
Half way through our drive to the coast it was discovered that one of our trailer’s wheels was in bad shape. I don’t know much about mechanics, but it looked as if it was about to fall off. After tinkering with it for fifteen minutes the driver seemed to think it was fine and we continued along the windy roads towards the ocean.
By the time we arrived the trailer wheel was smoking. The drive could have ended in disaster, but we were safe and had just arrived in paradise, so the group let it slide. We were taken to three bungalows, perched overlooking a peeling left point break and a black sanded beach. We still had hours of daylight left and I was keen to go for a surf.
David, our guide from PowderQuest Tours, hustled up an eclectic collection of surfboards and wetsuits. I scrounged around and found a lady’s size. It was threadbare, a little baggy and holed, but I figured it would do the job, at least for half an hour or so.
I followed our new local surfing buddy and the boys into the waves. I was instantly cold as the winter water flushed through the holes in my suit, but was determined to get out the back. This took me far longer than expected as I was swept far out to the right by the strong current. It took me twenty minutes to paddle back to the lineup. I didn’t catch a wave that afternoon, but I did break my leg-rope, which was a first! I was just happy to be back in the water.
We ended off our day overlooking the waves at a nearby restaurant. Dakine Chile had organised a special seafood dinner for the team, to celebrate the last night of the trip. The full moon was out and the vibe was strong