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El Canyon Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Galapagos – San Cristobal, Ecuador)

Today's El Canyon sea temperature is 19.2 °C.

Statistics for 05 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 21.0 °C, range: 19.3 °C to 25.2 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 20 °C once we account for wind), yet at 19 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at El Canyon. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

Ecuador Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Ecuador
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Ecuador Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Ecuador
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for El Canyon. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

El Canyon Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

El Canyon sea temperatures peak in the range 24 to 30°C (75 to 86°F) on around the 11th of March and are at their minimum on about the 12th of September, in the range 19 to 25°C (66 to 77°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at El Canyon climb to their maximum in the second week of March. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. El Canyon sea temperatures are minimum in the second week of September. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at El Canyon can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at El Canyon. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.