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Playa Malibu ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 3.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.4

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Playa Malibu break guidePhoto by: Bruno Sanchez

Playa Malibu Surf Guide

Playa Malibu in Golfo de Panama is a reasonably exposed river break that has quite consistent surf The best wind direction is from the northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the south southwest. The river breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Hazards include rips,submerged logs etc.

Playa Malibu Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Malibu:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa Malibu with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 0% of the time in January while 0% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 100% 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 Malibu Location Map

Interactive Playa Malibu 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 Playa Malibu is Howard Afb Airport (HOW) in Panama, which is 50 km (31 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Malibu is Marcos A Gelabert International (Panama) Airport (PAC), also in Panama, 58 km (36 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Playa Malibu Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 05:23 Local Time
Tuesday 20
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 20 19 19 19
Wind (km/h) 0
N 5
ENE 10
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Swell History at Playa Malibu

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

Wind History at Playa Malibu

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

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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