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El Puerto ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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El Puerto Surf Guide

El Puerto in Atacama is a fairly exposed reef/pier break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. A right hand reef break. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

El Puerto Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReef/pierIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
17.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Puerto:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Puerto 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 50% of the time in February while 44% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
50%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
44%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
6%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Puerto Location Map

Interactive El Puerto 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 Puerto is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 14 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Puerto is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 47 km (29 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
El Puerto Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 19:45 Local Time
SatSun
6PM9PM0AM3AM
Wave (m) 1.6
SSW
1.6
SSW
1.2
SSW
1.7
SSW
Period (s) 14 14 13 13
Wind (km/h) 10
SW 5
SW 5
W 5
SSW
Wind State cross glass glass glass

Swell History at El Puerto

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

Wind History at El Puerto

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

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To El Puerto:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.