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

Overall: 3.3

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El Buey Surf Guide

El Buey in Atacama is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Easily blown out by onshore winds Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The left hand reef break is better than the right.. Best around low tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include rips and rocks.

El Buey Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Buey:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Buey with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 32% of the time in February while 68% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
32%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
68%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
0%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Buey Location Map

Interactive El Buey 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 Buey is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Buey is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 49 km (30 miles) away.

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El Buey Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 22:24 Local Time
Thursday 15
0AM3AM6AM9AM
Wave (m) 2.4
SSW
2.5
SSW
2.5
SSW
2.4
SSW
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 0
SSE 0
SE 0
WSW
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at El Buey

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

Wind History at El Buey

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

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away

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