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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

Type:Rating:
Icon pointPointIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
25.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

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:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Rio Chico with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 50% of the time in March while 42% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
50%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
42%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
8%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Rio Chico Location Map

Interactive Rio Chico 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 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.

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Rio Chico Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 18 June 2021, 13:40 Local Time
Friday 18Sat
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.5
SW
1.0
SW
1.1
SW
1.1
SW
Period (s) 18 18 17 16
Wind (km/h)
15
10
10
10
Wind State on cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Rio Chico

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

Wind History at Rio Chico

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

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    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
    12km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Rio Chico: