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El Canal Surf Guide

El Canal in Amber Coast is an exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Winter and spring are the favoured times of year to visit. Offshore winds are from the south. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the north. The left reef break is best, but there is a right reef too.. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of urchins, rocks, sharks and coral.

El Canal Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Canal:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Canal occur when a North swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing El Canal with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 22% of the time in October while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 47% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
22%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
31%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
47%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Canal Location Map

Interactive El Canal 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 El Canal is Gregorio Luperon International (Puerto Plata) Airport (POP) in Dominican Republic, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Canal is Cibao International (Santiago) Airport (STI), also in Dominican Republic, 41 km (25 miles) away.

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El Canal Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 27 June 2022, 13:15 Local Time
Monday 27
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m)
1
E
1.4
E
1.7
E
1.7
E
Period (s) 7 7 6 6
Wind (km/h)
20
30
30
20
Wind State cross cross cross cross-
off

Swell History at El Canal

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

Wind History at El Canal

Wind stats for El Canal, 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 Canal. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: consistent
    0km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To El Canal: