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Playa Grande ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Playa Grande break guidePhoto by: Patrick

Playa Grande Surf Guide

Playa Grande in Ancash is an exposed beach and point break that has fairly consistent surf. The favoured time of year for waves is autumn. Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights and there is also a left hand point break. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Playa Grande Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Grande:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa Grande occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Playa Grande with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 30% of the time in February while 70% 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.
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 Playa Grande Location Map

Interactive Playa Grande 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 Grande is Teniente Fap Jaime A De Montr Morales (Chimbote) Airport (CHM) in Peru, which is 71 km (44 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Playa Grande is Commandante Fap German Arias Grazziani (Anta) Airport (ATA), also in Peru, 87 km (54 miles) away.

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Playa Grande Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 00:01 Local Time
MonTuesday 20
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 16 16 16 15
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 10
S 10
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Playa Grande

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

Wind History at Playa Grande

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

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    Reliability: consistent
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    Reliability: consistent
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