The allure of the South American surf trip is strong. Dazzlingly hollow beach break wedges, monstrous wedges over reef. It seems like the place has got it all. It’s just so damn far away and too easy to take the Indonesian option just hours to the north.

Luckily Nathan Florence just delivered this well-documented travel diary of his time in Panama so we can all live vicariously through him to get out beach barrel fix.