Banzai Reviews and Ratings
(Dominican-Republic – South Coast)
Visitor reviews of Banzai surf break
August 06, 2012
Meganhall from Canada
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
The eight villages showcase the indigenous Polynesian cultures of Hawaii, Samoa, the Marquesas, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga and Tahiti. Real Polynesians share knowledge of their traditional customs, and you can either watch the demonstrations or jump in and participate! Take a canoe ride on the lagoon and cook a meal in the Samoan village. Kids will love getting temporary tattoos, spear throwing, ukulele lessons and fishing.
Based on 2 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 4.0
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
(1: Banzai is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 5.0
(1: Banzai is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Dominican-Republic - South Coast. 5: the best break in Dominican-Republic - South Coast).
Difficulty Level: 4.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Water Quality: 2.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Banzai is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Banzai requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
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July 24, 2012
Er Duro from Canada
I grew up surfing in Santo Domingo and quite often surfed Banzai and nearby La Boya. Banzai is a short, but extremely powerful right breaker wave that peaks and barrels in a few seconds, so time is of the essence to get up, take a quick turn (no bottom turns here), ride a hollow barrel and kick out, as there is nothing left afterwards. Slowing your speed by dragging your arm into the face of the wave as the barrel comes upon you will allow for a deep barrel immersion, which maximizes the thrill. Best wind direction is NE, as it hollows the barrels even more. This spot has to be surfed early in the morning, as winds are usually onshore by 10 AM.