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El Colegio ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.9

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El Colegio break guidePhoto by: rober

El Colegio Surf Guide

El Colegio in Tarapaca is an exposed reef break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the east northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. A right hand reef. Best around low tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rocks and urchins.

El Colegio Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
14.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Colegio:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Colegio with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 14% of the time in January while 62% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Colegio Location Map

Interactive El Colegio 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 Colegio is Diego Aracena International (Iquique) Airport (IQQ) in Chile, which is 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Colegio is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI), also in Chile, 210 km (130 miles) away.

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El Colegio Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 16:22 Local Time
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 15 15 19 19
Wind (km/h) 20
SW 5
SSW 10
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at El Colegio

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

Wind History at El Colegio

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

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