Thanks to powerful new LED lights, Lima is the only place in Latin America where surfers can carry on after dark.
Even for non-surfers, Miraflores’ la Pampilla beach is now a major nighttime attraction as local surfers put on a show.
Lima has long been known as global surfing destination. Cradle of world champions, the city has breaks for all levels, from beginners to elite surfers looking for waves several stories high. But in 2017, the Peruvian capital has ushered in a new surfing first; night time surfing. Earlier this year, a series of powerful LED lights were installed at la Pampilla beach, in Miraflores, one of the city’s most classic breaks.
The lights have been placed on four 59ft concrete posts, each capable of lighting up a radius of more than 600ft. The result is breathtaking. Local and visiting surfers are now able to carry on catching waves into the night, when darkness normally makes their passion unpractical, with the sea just a vast vacuum of blackness in which it is impossible to pick out the waves as they sweep in.
Even for those with no interest in donning a wetsuit and joining in, a visit to la Pampilla, or just viewing it from high above on the Malecon, Lima’s clifftop boulevard, makes for a fascinating and beautiful experience.
The lights, installed by the city’s municipal government mean that la Pampilla, a steady-breaking right favored by longboarders, is now the only beach in Latin America that can be surfed at night, and one of just a small handful in the entire world. Yet another reason to visit Lima!
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