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Rio Chico ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.8

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Rio Chico Surf Guide

Rio Chico in Manabi is an exposed point break that has very reliable surf. Autumn and winter are the favoured times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest.The waves is a point break that peels left. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Rio Chico Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
very consistent25.1°C

Surfing Rio Chico:

The best conditions reported for surf at Rio Chico occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

Ecuador wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Rio Chico sea temperature, Rio Chico photographs, Rio Chico detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Rio Chico webcams, current wind from Manabi live weather stations and Rio Chico tide predictions. The Ecuador swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Ecuador and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Ecuador wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Rio Chico

Rio Chico Surf:

Friday, 3 July 2020, 18:47 Local time
Friday 03Sat
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 15
SW 10
SW 10
SSW 10
Wind State on cross-

Tide Times:

For Ayampe, 3 km from Rio Chico.

IS AT (local time)

Rio Chico Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Salinas/gen Ulpi, 62 km from Rio Chico.

light winds from the WSW

Dry and cloudy
Air temperature
23 °C

Current weather near Rio Chico

Overall Rio Chico Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July


Surf stats for Rio Chico: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Rio Chico: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

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Rio Chico Location Maps

Rio Chico Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Manabi surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Rio Chico

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Rio Chico:

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Wave buoys nearest to Rio Chico:

Tide stations nearest to Rio Chico:

  • Closest tide station
    Puerto Lopez
    7 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    La Libertad
    39 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Santa Elena
    39 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    40 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    51 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Rio Chico is General Ulpiano Paez (Salinas) Airport (SNC) in Ecuador, 63 km (39 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Rio Chico is Reales Tamarindos (Portoviejo) Airport (PVO), also in Ecuador, 79 km (49 miles) away.
  • Third is Eloy Alfaro International (Manta) Airport (MEC) in Ecuador, 81 km (50 miles) away.
  • Simon Bolivar International (Guayaquil) Airport (GYE) in Ecuador is 118 km (73 miles) away.
  • General Serrano (Machala) Airport (MCH), also in Ecuador is the fifth nearest airport to Rio Chico and is 202 km (125 miles) away.
Rio Chico break location map and break info