At ThunderBomb surf camp, you will have a once in a life time, mind blowing surf experience. Why not get uncrowded waves with luxury accommodations? With our surf vehicles and local boat captains you will have the freedom to surf more than just the beach out front. Here you can surf world-class waves, get barreled at "The Boom", carve epic points, or even learn to surf without the crowds that plague the beaches of Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua. Need a photographer to capture your dream vacation? We have all the equipment and access to local and international surf photographers. Whether you are looking to book an all-inclusive guided surf tour, learn to surf, or book a vacation rental, ThunderBomb Surf Camp in northern Nicaragua is the place for you!
We live and breathe surf here at ThunderBomb Surf Camp in Nicaragua. Our team is comprised of dedicated people that want to ensure you have the ultimate surf adventure, beginning with the owners, Jonathan Griffin, Albertus Valkenburg, & Alvaro Arana. Jonathan Griffin (who moved to Nicaragua to feed his surf addiction) was born and raised in Boston, MA and will be your host in and out of the water. Albertus Valkenburg grew up across the Atlantic in Holland, and will be managing your stay to perfection. Alvaro Arana is a native of Nicaragua and handles book work and administration. Additional team members include, Donald, security guard, who is always smiling and willing to offer a helping hand. He keeps things running at ThunderBomb surf camp while we’re out doing what we do best – surfing! Maria, house & grounds keeping, ensures that things stay tidy and neat. Last, but not least, we have "El Vaquero", our boat-captain and local fisherman who knows ‘his waves’ better than anyone.
Our camp is fully equipped to provide the maximum surf experience. We have Toyota Safari 4x4's for getting to our destinations and work closely with local boat captains to surf all of our prime locations and conditions. Of course you’ll enjoy a lot of your time at ThunderBomb in the water, but we have designed our surroundings to be a perfect place to relax outside of the water as well. We hope you’ll enjoy drinks on the beach, lounging in an oceanside hammock, and everything that paradise has to offer. You’ll feel right at home.. or far from it! We strive to make your experience as memorable and enjoyable as possible. We mainly use local (and seasonal) produce and other products for your culinary delights. Our team members Strive to keep our area clean and green and treat the locals with the same respect as we treat our guests. We would love to share the beauty of Nicaragua with you.
See you in the water. Yeeeeeeeeew!
For all you hardcore surfers out there we aim to please! Early wake up, yoga /fruit /toast /coffee, transportation to local breaks or long distance breaks, then big breakfast, 2nd session at ideal spots, tasty lunch, sunset session, chill time, and then a great dinner, hang out with us, the locals or get ready to do it all again tomorrow with a good nights sleep!
Slowly gaining recognition as a world class beach break, this thundering wave can be heard from quite a distance. Compared to Hossegor without the crowds and Puerto Escondido without the size capability. Many peaks set up along a sandy beach throwing tropical A-frames in shallow water allowing for some epic barrels.
Only accessible by boat, this left-point can handle any size and works on all tides with rippable walls that go forever!
This peaky beach break is located right in front of the tiki and is perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers.
A beach/reef break featuring both barreling lefts and rights.
This big left reef with barrel sections can handle a lot of size.
This is a boat access only world class river mouth left point that features a barrel section right of the drop and a 1/4 mile long wall when it’s big enough. This puppy works from chest high to triple overhead and typically has offshore winds all day for 6 months of the year.
A frame beach break with a tasty slow motion barrel!
A right reef break with speedy barrels/walls.
Another world-class reef producing thundering lefts. I’ve heard people in the water yell “It’s teahupoo’ing”. This reef is shallow but can blow your mind while blowing crazy spit out of its barrel!
Did you really think we would let you in on our lil nuggets over the web?
ThunderBomb Surf Camp is directly located on the beautiful beach of Santa Maria Del Mar and was designed to have an appearance of a small resort without taking away the home away from home feel. With 5 separate houses on a small property you will have all the privacy in the world with only steps away from the large tiki bar and ocean. For our chefs we have a separate house holding a large restaurant class kitchen. With the exception of the unique tiki bar loft all our rooms have the luxury of A/C and television. Did I mention the tiki? It is our center point and located directly on the water. This large space houses hammocks, a yoga platform for practicing or learning, large round tables for dinner or playing games and an inviting bar with friendly helpers. Our Camp was designed for the addicted surfer keeping in mind a great ambience for a family vacation or group surf trip. With our green surroundings and great sunsets we hope you make it home yearning to return to ThunderBomb Surf Camp
In October the opportunity came my way to spend three months shooting the waves and surfers in the quieter Northern region of Nicaragua and I jumped at the chance. Swapping my 5/3 winter wetsuit here in the UK for a pair of board shorts in the warm waters was an easy decision.
Our friends over in Hawaii have made Feb 13th Andy Irons day and rightfully so. There is something about Hawaii and the surfers born in such a land of fire that brings greatness to surfing. So many great films and photos to look through today. If you have time today lets look through them together and share the Aloha spirit
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The Boom, Nicaragua