Rio Chico ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

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Rio Chico Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Manabi, Ecuador)


Rio Chico Spot ID:

Type: point

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE

Sea Temperature Today is: 26.5 °C

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Monday, 30 March 2015, 09:11 Local time

Monday 30
4AM 7AM 10AM 1PM
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 5
NE 5
NW 15
Wind State off off glass cross-

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Rio Chico in Manabi is an exposed point break that has very reliable surf. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the east northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

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Tide Times:

For Ayampe, 3 km from Rio Chico.

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Live Weather:

At Salinas-General Ulpiano Paez Airport, 62 km from Rio Chico.

light winds from the W

Air temperature
24.8 °C

Current weather near Rio Chico

Overall Rio Chico Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Rio Chico:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Ayampe 2 mi
Second closest break Montanita 4 mi
Third closest break Punta Mala 7 mi
Fourth closest break Playa Bruja 21 mi
Fifth closest break Puerto Cayo 22 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Rio Chico:

Closest wave buoy Western Caribbean Buoy 1272 mi
Second closest wave buoy Yucatan Basin Buoy 1508 mi
Third closest wave buoy Eastern Caribbean Buoy 1720 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy Bay of Campeche Buoy 1858 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy East of Bahamas Buoy 1879 mi

Tide stations nearest to Rio Chico:

Closest tide station Puerto Lopez 7 mi
Second closest tide station La Libertad 39 mi
Third closest tide station Santa Elena 39 mi
Fourth closest tide station Salinas 40 mi
Fifth closest tide station Manta 51 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Rio Chico:

Closest ski area Huascaran (Peru) 561 mi
Second closest ski area Chacaltaya (Bolivia) 1340 mi
Third closest ski area Ski Arpa (Chile) 2245 mi
Fourth closest ski area Portillo (Chile) 2264 mi
Fifth closest ski area Los Penitentes (Argentina) 2266 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Rio Chico:

Closest city location Jipijapa (Ecuador) 28 mi
Second closest city location La Libertad (Ecuador) 39 mi
Third closest city location Santa Elena (Ecuador) 39 mi
Fourth closest city location Salinas (Ecuador) 40 mi
Fifth closest city location Portoviejo (Ecuador) 45 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Rio Chico is General Ulpiano Paez (Salinas) Airport (SNC) in Ecuador, 63 km (39 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Rio Chico is Reales Tamarindos (Portoviejo) Airport (PVO), also in Ecuador, 79 km (49 miles) away.
  • Third is Eloy Alfaro International (Manta) Airport (MEC) in Ecuador, 81 km (50 miles) away.
  • Simon Bolivar International (Guayaquil) Airport (GYE) in Ecuador is 118 km (73 miles) away.
  • General Serrano (Machala) Airport (MCH), also in Ecuador is the fifth nearest airport to Rio Chico and is 202 km (125 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Rio Chico, Manabi. Use the tab navigation above to view Rio Chico sea temperature, Rio Chico photographs, Rio Chico detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Rio Chico webcams, current wind from Manabi live weather stations and Rio Chico tide predictions. The Ecuador swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Ecuador 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 Ecuador 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 Rio Chico.


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