In just a few weeks now I will be leaving to go on a surf trip to Panama. My dad, brother and I do an annual surf trip somewhere in the tropics. Last year we went to Fiji, the year before that we went to Samoa, and so on and so on. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to central America, and I’ve never been to Panama so i’m excited to see what will come out of this adventure. In past years in central America I have gone to El Salvador two times, and Nicaragua once. All of these excursions have been great and it’s always crazy to see what these countries look like, from the moment you land in the airport, to the place where you stay.
The ocean is also very warm in Panama about 80 degrees, compared to the 58 degree ocean here in Santa Barbara and along the coast of California. Not to mention the surf is typically amazing. We’re staying at a place called Red Frog Bungalows, and I know a lot of surfers that have stayed there. I will be there for 10 days, so I’m missing a few days of school before the break technically starts. Everyone has had a positive outlook on this place, so I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always an interesting feeling leaving the country and stepping out into a completely different environment after just a few hours on a plane. It’s always cool when you can make friends with the local people as well. In my past trips to central America, a lot of the locals surf, so I’ve been able to connect with them over surfing. When there is perfect waves and warm weather all the time, surfing must come easy. One of the hardest parts though is seeing the resources a lot of these places in Central America have. While I visited El Salvador, poverty was very visible and there was trash everywhere which was a sad site. Nicaragua was a similar situation. In the inner cities near the airport, trash flows through the side of the road, it’s everywhere. We will see what Panama has in store, I have only heard good things.