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Chamela break guidePhoto by: Marco

Chamela Surf Guide

Chamela in Jalisco is an exposed river break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west. Waves at the river break both left and right. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for rocks and sharks.

Chamela Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
30.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Chamela:

The best conditions reported for surf at Chamela occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Chamela with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 44% of the time in December while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 16% 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 Chamela Location Map

Interactive Chamela 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 Chamela is Playa De Oro International (Manzanillo) Airport (ZLO) in Mexico, which is 83 km (52 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Chamela is Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (Puerto Vallarta) Airport (PVR), also in Mexico, 119 km (74 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.
Chamela Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 13 August 2022, 12:33 Local Time
Saturday 13
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-
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Swell History at Chamela

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

Wind History at Chamela

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

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