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El Chinchorro ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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El Chinchorro Surf Guide

El Chinchorro in Atacama is an exposed beach break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the east northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks peel to the right. Best around high tide. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

El Chinchorro Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
16.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Chinchorro:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Chinchorro 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 31% of the time in February while 69% 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
31%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
69%
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 Chinchorro Location Map

Interactive El Chinchorro 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 Chinchorro is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 12 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Chinchorro is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 45 km (28 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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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.
El Chinchorro Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 18:06 Local Time
SunMon
6PM9PM0AM3AM
Wave (m) 3.0
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
Period (s) 17 17 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
SW 5
SW 0
SSW 0
W
Wind State on glass glass glass

Swell History at El Chinchorro

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

Wind History at El Chinchorro

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

    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef/pier
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    4km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To El Chinchorro: