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Paunch Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 2.9

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Paunch Reef break guidePhoto by: Ernesto Gutierrez

Paunch Reef Surf Guide

Paunch Reef in Bocas del Torro is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the west. Windswells are much more typical than groudswells and the ideal wave angle is from the northeast. Both left (best) and right reef breaks.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of urchins,rocks,etc.

Paunch Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Paunch Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Paunch Reef occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Paunch Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 91% of the time in December while 9% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
91%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
9%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
0%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Paunch Reef Location Map

Interactive Paunch Reef 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 Paunch Reef is Bocas Del Toro Airport (BOC) in Panama, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Paunch Reef is Cap Manuel Nino International (Changuinola) Airport (CHX), also in Panama, 32 km (20 miles) away.

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Paunch Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 5 December 2020, 19:41 Local Time
Saturday 05Sun
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 1.4
NE
1.3
ENE
1.2
NE
1.2
NE
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 10
N 5
NNW 5
WNW 10
WSW
Wind State cross glass off cross-
off

Swell History at Paunch Reef

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

Wind History at Paunch Reef

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

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