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October 22, 2010

Surfing and Birds at Lobitos

Filed under: South America — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:32 pm

Los Lobitos Surfing and Birds

I finally made it to Lobitos, which is about 70 kilometers south of Mancora. On the way I was quite surprised to see lots of oil rigs pumping away in the desert. there is even one on the beach here. Lobitos is a deserted town inhabited only by surfers and fishermen. Its like surfing on the moon here, it is so desolate and barren.

Wide shot of Lobitos

This morning a bunch of Chilean dudes were out at Lobitos point ripping it up. They are used to these conditions, often riding cold, big waves.

A Chileno Goofy-footer cuts back

The inside wave was spitting out barrels like Pipeline. I think it may have been impossible to ride. These guys were surfing the next section along the point.

Pulls into a barrel

Conditions here are pretty tough. The wind is always blowing really hard, the water is freezing cold, and there are no hot showers. Othere than that, there is great company, surfers from all over the place just hanging out and having fun.

A backhand barrel

Birds of Lobitos

Going down to the beach this morning I was quite surprised to see a little camouflaged bird darting around the bushes.

Coastal Miner (Geositta peruviana)

These green parrot type birds were camouflaged very well against the green ground bushes next to the beach. Some had blue flashes on them.

Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)

While others were all green.

Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)


  1. Great info, happy that you enjoyed Lobitos. So sad that you couldnt observe the Phytotoma raimondi. Actually you could contact Nachos House to check them, he has a whole family of them living very close to his place. Maybe on another trip.

    Comment by Rafael — February 1, 2017 @ 2:38 am

  2. yep. Lobitos is a great place. Will check next time I am in South America.


    Comment by admin — February 5, 2017 @ 5:29 am

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