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Backwash ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 2.8

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Backwash Spot ID

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Type: point

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell S | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 29.8 °C

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 00:54 Local time
TueWednesday 26
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 14 17 17 16
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 5
NNW 10
Wind State off off off cross-

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Backwash in Golfo Dulce is a quite exposed point break that has very consistent surf The best wind direction is from the northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for rips and rocks.

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At Palmira, 98 km from Backwash.

wind obs. (11 kph from 60 degs) was rejected

Air temperature
15 °C

Current weather near Backwash

Overall Backwash Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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Town and city forecasts close to Backwash:

  • Closest city location
    David (Panama)
    58 mi
  • Second closest city location
    73 mi
  • Third closest city location
    106 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    106 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    110 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Backwash is Golfito Airport (GLF) in Costa Rica, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Backwash is Coto 47 Airport (OTR), also in Costa Rica, 40 km (25 miles) away.
  • Third is Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ) in Costa Rica, 63 km (39 miles) away.
  • Enrique Malek International (David) Airport (DAV) in Panama is 93 km (58 miles) away.
  • Cap Manuel Nino International (Changuinola) Airport (CHX), also in Panama is the fifth nearest airport to Backwash and is 143 km (89 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Backwash, Golfo Dulce. Use the tab navigation above to view Backwash sea temperature, Backwash photographs, Backwash detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Backwash webcams, current wind from Golfo Dulce live weather stations and Backwash tide predictions. The Costa Rica swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Costa Rica and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Costa Rica wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Backwash.