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El Pelado Surf Guide

El Pelado in Guayas is an exposed beach and reef break that has consistent surf. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks favour rights and a right hand reef break too.. Rarely crowded here. Rocks are a hazard.

El Pelado Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
28.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Pelado:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing El Pelado with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 45% of the time in March while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 7% 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 Pelado Location Map

Interactive El Pelado 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 closest passenger airport to El Pelado is General Ulpiano Paez (Salinas) Airport (SNC) in Ecuador, 73 km (45 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Pelado is Simon Bolivar International (Guayaquil) Airport (GYE), also in Ecuador, 82 km (51 miles) away.

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El Pelado Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 25 March 2023, 11:17 Local Time
Saturday 25
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 13 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass on on on

Swell History at El Pelado

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

Wind History at El Pelado

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

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