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Punta Ballena break guidePhoto by: javier zambrano

Punta Ballena Surf Guide

Punta Ballena in Manabi is an exposed point break that has inconsistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest.The break here is a left hand point. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include sharks and rocks.

Punta Ballena Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
24.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Punta Ballena:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Punta Ballena 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 34% of the time in February while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 36% 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 Punta Ballena Location Map

Interactive Punta Ballena 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 Punta Ballena is Eloy Alfaro International (Manta) Airport (MEC) in Ecuador, which is 93 km (58 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Punta Ballena is Reales Tamarindos (Portoviejo) Airport (PVO), also in Ecuador, 97 km (60 miles) away.

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Punta Ballena Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 4 December 2022, 19:56 Local Time
SunMonday 05
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 14 20 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross-

Swell History at Punta Ballena

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

Wind History at Punta Ballena

Wind stats for Punta Ballena, 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: inconsistent
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