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Playa de Patos (El Pico) ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.1
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.4
Crowds: 1.5

Overall: 3.3

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Playa de Patos (El Pico) break guide

Playa de Patos (El Pico) Surf Guide

Playa de Patos(El Pico) in Galicia is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has unreliable waves. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Offshore winds are from the south southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the optimum swell angle is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights as well as reef breaks offering better rights than lefts.. Best around high tide. Sometimes crowded.

Playa de Patos (El Pico) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
19.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa de Patos (El Pico):

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa de Patos (El Pico) occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Playa de Patos (El Pico) (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa de Patos (El Pico) 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 48% of the time in December while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 20% 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).

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Playa de Patos (El Pico) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 23 September 2021, 04:27 Local Time
Thursday 23
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Playa de Patos (El Pico)

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Wind History at Playa de Patos (El Pico)

Wind stats for Playa de Patos (El Pico), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Playa de Patos (El Pico) Reviews:

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Based on 47 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.3
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.1
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.8
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.4
  • Crowds:Icon  s21.5
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Alex from United States
“I don't recommend this spot. Localism at its finest... waves with bad quality. Better places in Portugal. Reminds me Lunada Bay in the 90s but loaded with gypsies and "professionals".. don't load in that place unless you want to loose your time, patience and nerves.”

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