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Playa Brava ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Playa Brava Surf Guide

Playa Brava in Tarapaca is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the east northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach breaks favour rights. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

Playa Brava Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
16.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Brava:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa Brava 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 Playa Brava (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Playa Brava 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 Playa Brava Location Map

Interactive Playa Brava 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 Playa Brava is Diego Aracena International (Iquique) Airport (IQQ) in Chile, which is 32 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Playa Brava is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI), also in Chile, 212 km (132 miles) away.

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Playa Brava Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 18 April 2021, 02:08 Local Time
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Wave (m) 1.5
SW
1.5
SW
1.5
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1.5
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Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 0
SSW 5
SSW 5
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Swell History at Playa Brava

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

Wind History at Playa Brava

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

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