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Intendencia ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.5
Crowds: 4.0
Accommodation: 4.0

Overall: 3.6

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Intendencia Surf Guide

Intendencia in Tarapaca is an exposed reef break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southwest. A left hand reef. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rocks and urchins.

Intendencia Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
15.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Intendencia:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Intendencia with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 17% of the time in January while 59% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
17%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
59%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
24%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Intendencia Location Map

Interactive Intendencia 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 Intendencia is Diego Aracena International (Iquique) Airport (IQQ) in Chile, which is 36 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Intendencia is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI), also in Chile, 208 km (129 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Intendencia Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 01:50 Local Time
Sunday 11
0AM3AM6AM9AM
Wave (m) 1.5
SW
1.5
SW
1.5
SW
1.4
SW
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 0
WSW 5
SSE 5
SSE 5
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Swell History at Intendencia

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

Wind History at Intendencia

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Intendencia:

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.