The Boom. Central America’s worst kept secret since La Jolla. We’d heard whispers about this place since Panama and had to check it out. An offshore estuary delta bends and focuses swell into a 500 m long stretch of wedging barrelling goodness known as The Boom. Similar to Matakana or South Straddie except that instead of waiting for the odd lost low pressure system Boom is exposed to the full brunt of the Pacific.
Joe’s an old Portuguese guy who runs the local hostel, plays resident evil on his Xbox and breaks up dog fights with his slingshot. Joe’s classic. Food’s great, waves are off the hook and everyone gets their fair share of barrels and beatings – known locally as getting Boomed. The line of the trip is Hector’s when he overhears a water photographer telling the Floridian groms he’s shooting to get more waves “just take everything – if someone’s on it just go, you’ve got priority”. Hector to photog “they take my waves I’ll take their f#@king heads off”. Silence. Gold.