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Popotla break guidePhoto by: Teresa Gamboa

Popotla Surf Guide

Popotla in Baja Norte is an exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds blow from the southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. There are left and right breaking reefs. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Popotla Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Popotla:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Popotla 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 43% of the time in January while 57% 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.
clean
43%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
57%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
0%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Popotla Location Map

Interactive Popotla 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 Popotla is General Abelardo L Rodriguez International (Tijuana) Airport (TIJ) in Mexico, 30 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Popotla is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 50 km (31 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Popotla Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 14 August 2022, 01:54 Local Time
Sunday 14
2AM5AM8AM11AM
Wave (m)
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.7
SSW
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
5
5
5
10
Wind State glass glass cross cross

Swell History at Popotla

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

Wind History at Popotla

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Popotla. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    2km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: very consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    6km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Popotla: