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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 Surf Guide

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.

Backwash Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon point  redPointIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
28.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Backwash:

The best conditions reported for surf at Backwash occur when a South 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)?

septemberBest 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 September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 63% of the time in September while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
63%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
13%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
24%
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 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.

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Backwash Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 September 2021, 19:50 Local Time
SunMonday 27
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m)
1.4
SSW
1.4
SSW
1.4
SSW
1.3
SSW
Period (s) 16 16 16 15
Wind (km/h)
5
5
10
5
Wind State off glass cross-
off
glass

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.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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    • Icon  s32.9
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    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
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    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: very consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: very consistent
    9km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    16km away

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