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El Gringo Surf Guide

El Gringo in Atacama is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Easily blown out by an onshore breeze Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Sometimes crowded. Hazards include - Urchins - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Localism.

El Gringo Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Gringo:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Gringo occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Gringo 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.
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 Gringo Location Map

Interactive El Gringo 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 Gringo is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 15 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Gringo is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 48 km (30 miles) away.

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El Gringo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 18 April 2021, 12:24 Local Time
Sunday 18
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 13 13 13 18
Wind (km/h) 10
WSW 10
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Swell History at El Gringo

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

Wind History at El Gringo

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

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