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El Faro ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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El Faro Surf Guide

El Faro in Tarapaca is an exposed beach and reef break that only works once in a while. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rocks.

El Faro Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
15.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Faro:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Faro 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 Faro (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Faro 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.
clean
14%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
62%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
24%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Faro Location Map

Interactive El Faro 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 Faro is Diego Aracena International (Iquique) Airport (IQQ) in Chile, which is 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Faro is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI), also in Chile, 211 km (131 miles) away.

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El Faro Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 16 April 2021, 20:11 Local Time
FriSat
6PM9PM0AM3AM
Wave (m) 1.5
SW
1.5
SW
1.4
SW
1.4
SW
Period (s) 14 14 14 13
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 5
SSE 5
S 5
SSW
Wind State on glass glass cross-
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Swell History at El Faro

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

Wind History at El Faro

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

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