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El Brazo ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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El Brazo Surf Guide

El Brazo in Atacama is a sheltered reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for rips and rocks.

El Brazo Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Brazo:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Brazo occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing El Brazo with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 19% of the time in March while 21% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 60% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
19%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
21%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
60%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Brazo Location Map

Interactive El Brazo 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 El Brazo is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 14 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Brazo is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 48 km (30 miles) away.

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El Brazo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 April 2021, 06:25 Local Time
Monday 19
6AM9AM12PM3PM
Wave (m) 1.9
SSW
1.8
SW
2.1
SSW
2.0
SSW
Period (s) 17 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 5
SSE 5
SSW 5
WSW 15
SW
Wind State glass glass cross-
on
cross

Swell History at El Brazo

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

Wind History at El Brazo

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near El Brazo. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon reef  redReef/pier
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    0km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To El Brazo: