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El Rancio Surf Guide

El Rancio in Atacama is an exposed reef break that has very consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Beware of Ledgy Urchins - Rocks - Pollution.

El Rancio Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
17.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Rancio:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Rancio 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 32% of the time in February while 68% 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.
clean
32%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
68%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
0%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Rancio Location Map

Interactive El Rancio 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 Rancio is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 18 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Rancio is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 51 km (32 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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El Rancio Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 02:21 Local Time
Wednesday 21
0AM3AM6AM9AM
Wave (m) 2.5
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SSW
2.5
SSW
Period (s) 18 18 18 18
Wind (km/h) 5
WSW 5
SSW 5
SSW 0
SSW
Wind State glass cross-
on
cross-
on
glass

Swell History at El Rancio

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

Wind History at El Rancio

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

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Discover surf breaks near El Rancio. Click below to view there surf guides.

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    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To El Rancio: