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The Playing Field: Playa Jobos, Isabela

Jobos is a sweet Puerto Rican fruit with a little almond-like nut inside; it also happens to be of PR's main and best-known venues for surfing competitions and is the de facto Surf Pueblo for the North Coast.

(The '88 World Amateurs were held here, and it hosts many local contests yearly, as well as being home to the Toth and Graves' surf families). The main wave breaks right next to the small rock headland at the east end of the beach and pinwheels into the broad, sandy bay. It actually looks kinda like a pointbreak 'cause it's so down-the-line and racy, but like almost every other wave in Puerto Rico, it's really a reefbreak. Locals take off as close to the rock as possible, making it difficult for guys like you and me to actually get a wave. But fortunately, if you're patient and show respect -- and stay on your lineups -- you won't be disappointed. 



Luckily, Jobos also happens to be one of PR's most consistently rideable waves, as it picks up all manner of north swell and is somewhat protected from the incessant tradewinds by the rock headland. There's also a left that breaks in the middle of the beach and assorted other scattered mediocre peaks as you head west around the corner.

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