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La Piscina Surf Guide

La Piscina in Tarapaca is an exposed reef break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. A left hand reef break. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Hazards include rocks and urchins.

La Piscina Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
14.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing La Piscina:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing La Piscina with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer 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 La Piscina Location Map

Interactive La Piscina 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 La Piscina is Diego Aracena International (Iquique) Airport (IQQ) in Chile, which is 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to La Piscina is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI), also in Chile, 209 km (130 miles) away.

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La Piscina Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 04:33 Local Time
Wednesday 17
6AM9AM12PM3PM
Wave (m)
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
5
5
5
5
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Swell History at La Piscina

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

Wind History at La Piscina

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

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