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

Overall: 3.1

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Hammerhead break guidePhoto by: JRm

Hammerhead Surf Guide

Hammerhead in Nayarit is a quite exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers. Rarely crowded here. Hazards include rips, sharks and rocks.

Hammerhead Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
26.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Hammerhead:

The best conditions reported for surf at Hammerhead occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

septemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Hammerhead with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 25% of the time in September while 15% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 60% 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).

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Interactive Hammerhead 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 Hammerhead is Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (Puerto Vallarta) Airport (PVR) in Mexico, which is 122 km (76 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Hammerhead is Tepic Airport (TPQ), also in Mexico, 144 km (89 miles) away.

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Hammerhead Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 22 April 2021, 05:34 Local Time
Thursday 22
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 20 20 20 20
Wind (km/h) 10
N 15
N 10
N 15
Wind State cross-

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Swell History at Hammerhead

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Wind History at Hammerhead

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Hammerhead Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s54.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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JRM from Mexico
“Only a handful of world class surfers have surfed this right hander, reef break. When you are sitting out in the lineup facing East, the sun is rising in your eyes (think about that). Locals know this place as Caballos which means horses. It's on the map and actually, Caballos is a offshore reef about 400 yards from where who ever named this place hammerheads (never seen one) is supposedly located.

This break is situated on the East Cape of the island of Magnalena the Southern third island. The Tres Marias, Chain of islands located 70miles offshore of Narait which houses a 100yr old colonial style prison, where nowadays, they no longer have low risk prisoners (Madre). They are tougher and stricter when it comes to invading federal space. You can expect to be mugged shot for the records. No more slaps on the hand.

This place is one of the last places in the warm water North Americas where a world class wave breaks virtually unridden. Offshore predominantly NW 70 percent of the time. Water so clear the foam is blue, animals that are not accustomed to mankind. June through September expect the unexpected in weather. Surf can be 1 foot overhead when the coast of Nayarit is virtually flat. Surf can reach epic proportions, tow in size..I have personally been in the water at this break more than just a few times when it was at least 15 foot AND 20 plus at Caballos. I have seen it on big souths, Caballos (An offshore "A" frame) folding over at 20 foot plus, offshore spray trailing 300 feet in the air behind these giants (This has to be where the name comes from) looks like a herd of horses galloping with their manes flying in the wind behind them, and it looks just like that. Breath taking to say the least. This is the treasure of treasures when the souths are working. Once in a life time deal, difficult at best to reach...surfs always up when showing on the coast as a south swell. How you are going to get out there? That's another story in itself. Later.”

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