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Juan Tornillo Surf Guide

Juan Tornillo in Pacific Coast is an exposed beach break that has very consistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. The best wind direction is from the north northeast. Still reasonable in light onshore winds Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. The location means that it never gets crowded. Watch out for rocks, rips.

Juan Tornillo Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
27.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Juan Tornillo:

The best conditions reported for surf at Juan Tornillo occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Juan Tornillo with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 70% of the time in March 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 Juan Tornillo Location Map

Interactive Juan Tornillo 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 closest passenger airport to Juan Tornillo is Jose Celestino Mutis (Bahia Solano) Airport (BSC) in Colombia, 64 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Juan Tornillo is El Carano (Quibdo) Airport (UIB), also in Colombia, 77 km (48 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Juan Tornillo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 06:14 Local Time
Saturday 10
Wave (m) 0.1
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 10
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Swell History at Juan Tornillo

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

Wind History at Juan Tornillo

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Juan Tornillo. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    Reliability: consistent
    11km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    11km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    Reliability: inconsistent
    14km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: very consistent
    17km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Juan Tornillo:

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.