On Wednesday January 25th a small group of 8 paddlers and surfers from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain and Colombia gathered for the first Bahia Solano Surf festival. This festival is a non-profit event for surfers, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders to gather and enjoy this magical place in an extremely relaxed atmosphere.
Bahia Solano is a small village in the region of Choco, Colombia. The only way to reach this bounty place is by a small little plane, an adventure in itself. No roads go to this place. Balmy temperatures, sunshine and enjoyable waves make it the perfect place for a variety of activities. Some options are jungle hikes, fishing, swimming, surfing or just hanging out on the beach under a big coconut tree.
The place is characterized by thick jungle that grows up to the clean and empty beaches. During the festival we stayed at Humpback Turtle Hostel, which is conveniently located on the beach.
The festival started in the morning with a typical Colombian breakfast followed by a surf session. Everyone was able to enjoy the waves, be it on surf kayaks, whitewater kayaks or stand up surfboards, then broke for lunch and a siesta. Afterwards surfing continued until the sun went down, whilst others gathered to watch the ongoing entertainment with a cold beer. In the evening all participants gathered around a campfire on the beach into the early hours. The first annual Bahia Solano Surf festival was a success!
Thanks to the staff at Humpback Turtle for hosting us.