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Backwash Surf Guide

Backwash in Baja Sur is an exposed beach break that does not work very often. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. It very rarely gets crowded here.

Backwash Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
24.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Backwash:

The best conditions reported for surf at Backwash occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Backwash (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Backwash with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 91% of the time in May while 4% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Backwash Location Map

Interactive Backwash surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Backwash is Los Cabos International (San Jose Del Cabo) Airport (SJD) in Mexico, which is 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Backwash is General Manuel Marquez De Leon International (La Paz) Airport (LAP), also in Mexico, 140 km (87 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Backwash Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 20 May 2022, 16:53 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 15 14 18
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off off off

Swell History at Backwash

Surf stats for Backwash, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Backwash

Wind stats for Backwash, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Backwash: