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Punta Mala Surf Guide

Punta Mala in Manabi is an exposed point break that has dependable surf. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. The best wind direction is from the east. Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the northwest.The waves is a point break that peels left. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Punta Mala Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon pointPointIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
23.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Punta Mala:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Punta Mala 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 20% of the time in February while 19% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 61% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
20%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
19%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
61%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Punta Mala Location Map

Interactive Punta Mala 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 Punta Mala is Eloy Alfaro International (Manta) Airport (MEC) in Ecuador, 70 km (43 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Punta Mala is Reales Tamarindos (Portoviejo) Airport (PVO), also in Ecuador, 70 km (43 miles) away.

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Punta Mala Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 8 August 2022, 12:00 Local Time
Monday 08
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m)
0.6
SW
0.6
SW
0.7
SW
0.8
SW
Period (s) 17 17 14 15
Wind (km/h)
10
10
10
10
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Punta Mala

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

Wind History at Punta Mala

Wind stats for Punta Mala, 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 Punta Mala. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    Reliability: very consistent
    10km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    12km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
    15km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    18km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Punta Mala: