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El Zonte ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.7

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El Zonte break guidePhoto by: Surfer

El Zonte Surf Guide

El Zonte in Costa del Balsamo is an exposed reef,point and rivermouth break that has very consistent surf Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the south southwest. There is a left hand reef break Best around high tide when the tide is rising. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Watch out for rips and rocks.

El Zonte Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
29.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Zonte:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Zonte occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing El Zonte with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 70% of the time in November while 27% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% 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 Zonte Location Map

Interactive El Zonte 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 Zonte is El Salvador International (San Salvador) Airport (SAL) in El Salvador, which is 43 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Zonte is La Aurora (Guatemala City) Airport (GUA) in Guatemala, 168 km (104 miles) away.

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El Zonte Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 23 April 2021, 08:22 Local Time
Friday 23
Wave (m) 1.9
Period (s) 17 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 20
SSE 10
Wind State cross-

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Swell History at El Zonte

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Wind History at El Zonte

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

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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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