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El Gringo

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El Gringo

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.5 °C

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Sunday, 22 July 2018, 08:05 Local time
Sunday 22
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 17 16 16 19
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 5
WSW 10
WSW 15
Wind State on cross-

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El Gringo in Atacama is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Light onshore winds ruin the qulaity Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of - Urchins - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Localism.

Chile wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Arica, Chile, 2 km from El Gringo.

IS AT (local time)

El Gringo Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Arica Chacalluta International Airport, 15 km from El Gringo.


Air temperature
15.6 °C

Current weather near El Gringo

Overall El Gringo Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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El Gringo Location Maps

El Gringo Location Map

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Wave buoys nearest to El Gringo:

Tide stations nearest to El Gringo:

  • Closest tide station
    1 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    86 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    90 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    121 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    132 mi
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Ski Resorts closest to El Gringo:

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Town and city forecasts close to El Gringo:

  • Closest city location
    3 mi
  • Second closest city location
    Tacna (Peru)
    34 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Ilo (Peru)
    86 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Moquegua (Peru)
    98 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    123 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to El Gringo is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 15 km (9 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to El Gringo is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 48 km (30 miles) away.
El Gringo break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for El Gringo, Atacama. Use the tab navigation above to view El Gringo sea temperature, El Gringo photographs, El Gringo detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, El Gringo webcams, current wind from Atacama live weather stations and El Gringo tide predictions. The Chile swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Chile 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 Chile 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 El Gringo.