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Playa Cavancha ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Playa Cavancha Surf Guide

Playa Cavancha in Tarapaca is an exposed beach and reef break that has inconsistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the east. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the west. The reef provides both left and right breaks. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Hazards include rocks and urchins.

Playa Cavancha Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Cavancha:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa Cavancha occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Playa Cavancha 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 18% of the time in January while 70% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 12% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
18%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
70%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
12%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Playa Cavancha Location Map

Interactive Playa Cavancha 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 Cavancha is Diego Aracena International (Iquique) Airport (IQQ) in Chile, which is 34 km (21 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Playa Cavancha is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI), also in Chile, 210 km (130 miles) away.

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Playa Cavancha Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 09:25 Local Time
Saturday 10
6AM9AM12PM3PM
Wave (m) 0.6
SSW
0.6
SW
0.7
SW
0.8
SW
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 10
SSW 5
S 15
SW 15
SW
Wind State cross cross cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Playa Cavancha

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

Wind History at Playa Cavancha

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Playa Cavancha:

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.