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El Zunzal ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 4.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.4

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El Zunzal break guidePhoto by: marco hasbun

El Zunzal Surf Guide

El Zunzal in Costa del Balsamo is an exposed point break that usually has waves Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. Best around low tide. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for rocks.

El Zunzal Spot Info

Icon pointPointIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
29.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Zunzal:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing El Zunzal 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 Zunzal Location Map

Interactive El Zunzal 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 Zunzal is El Salvador International (San Salvador) Airport (SAL) in El Salvador, which is 40 km (25 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Zunzal is La Aurora (Guatemala City) Airport (GUA) in Guatemala, 170 km (106 miles) away.

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El Zunzal Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 23 September 2021, 09:30 Local Time
Thursday 23
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 14 15 18
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-

Swell History at El Zunzal

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

Wind History at El Zunzal

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

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    • Icon  s32.7
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    • Icon beachBeach
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: very consistent
    11km away

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