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Surf Camp in El SalvadorEl Salvador offers one of the most consistent surfing environments in the world.  There are more than a dozen world class right hand point breaks. 

What makes surfing unique in El Salvador are the waves: they can break 100-200 yards or more without closing out.  Imagine having high quality waves 300 days a year, 82-degree water, and no crowds !!!

El Salvador’s coastline is divided into two distinct surf zones: the West Cost and the East Coast

The West Coast encompasses about a dozen different high quality breaks beginning at the coastal town of La Libertad where some of the most popular spots in El Salvador such as Punta Roca with its powerful and hollow waves are.

 

 

Surf Clinin in El SalvadorThe East Coast is more rustic and less frequented than the West Coast (La Libertad).  Located three hours southeastward down the coast, it offers some of the most hardcore breaks and is a welcome change from the typical crowded beach. Perfect for those looking for a more uncommon surfing experience.   
We offer access to both coasts so that you can get a feel for the different beaches.  On the West Coast our resort is located on La Paz beach where you can surf two of the best waves in El Salvador. 

This location offers easy access to some of the best surfing spots in the country, all of them 15-20 minutes away.  On the East Coast we have a converted house located just couple steps from Las Flores Point and offer boat service to other locations such as Punta Mango.

 

 

Surfing Season in El Salvador

 

El Salvador’s surfing can be segmented into four different wave seasons


March-May: very big, consistent, and clean waves (6- 12 ft). During this period there are many days when conditions are great to surf all day long.

June-October: big surf (6- 12 ft) originating from the South Pacific’s swells. During this period the best surf normally happens between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.

November-December: are more inconsistent, but when the waves arrive they are simply perfect (4- 6 ft). The weather is cooler than normal (78-degree). Offshore winds allow for perfect surfing conditions all day long.

January-February: are the months of the year that surf becomes very inconsistent and the waves are small (2- 4 ft), however the climate is perfect with cool evenings and bright sunny days.

**October to March 15th - Beginners season

 

Waves - West Coast El Salvador

 

Punta Roca - Surf in El Salvador

Punta Roca

At the city of La Libertad you will find some world class right point breaks. Good waves at both tides but gets pretty shallow on low tide, also be careful with "mama roca", a big rock appearing shortly after takeoff and fully exposed at low tide.

There are three main sections, the top of the point is a hollow and fast wave called "The point", very similar to the Indicator-Rivermouth section at Rincon. There is also mid point section in front of the cemetery.

 
   
La Paz - Surf in El Salvador

La Paz

The inside cove, right in front of the town's restaurants is called La Paz- a mellower wave where all the town's kids learn to surf and have a fun evening session. This section is good for long boarding. This town is the country's surf capital, where you will find surf shops, board rentals and repair shops like "Hospital de Tablas".

 
   
Conchalio - Surfing in El Salvador

Conchalio

A powerful beach break for tube riders, its sand bottom makes this waves very hollow. Surfing Conchalio from 5 to 7 feet is no laughing matter, but getting out of this barrels is just an unreal experience.

Palmarcito: right point works well in a 4-6 swell, it is good for beginners.

 
   
San Blas - Surfing El Salvador

San Blas

There are three main places to surf that are the beach break, the point break and Cocal;

the beach break is a fast and hollow right-left hand wave works better in middle and low tide, the point breaks at both sides been the longest and faster wave the right and gets the biggest swells the left is very fast but shorter than the right and Cocal a fast hollow grinding right hander working better at mid to low tide.

 
   
EL Sunzal . Surfing El Salvador

Sunzal

Probably the most popular surf spot in El Salvador. It consists of a long and slow right and a short somewhat hollow section in the inside section. This break is always bigger than all other Salvadorian breaks and more consistent. Rock bottom and deep water break and usually holds is shape in any size swell. Paddling out at Sunzal can be long and arduous because it has some current near the beach that get stronger during the rainy season. At dawn sessions the current is usually calm and the surf is at its best. The outside section can give rides more than 100 yards long, on low tide the inside section gets hollow and a lot better for short boarding. There is also a couple of board repair shops and small surf town scene.

 
   
Zonte - Surfing El Salvador

Zonte

This is a right hand point break with beautiful settings of the headlands, this is one of the better surf spots because of breaks well in any swell direction, it’s divided in 2 sections the point that is lined up take off, and next right Zonte point is “The Beach break”. It’s not exactly a beach break because of its mixed sandy/rocky bottom. The wave breaks faster than a normal point break.

There are some restaurants right in front of the break. When the surf is small you can catch a very nice hollow section. Works best November to December.

   
 
KM61 - Surfing El Salvador

KM 59: right point. It is in a gated community of beach houses but the break is a rock bottom that has good hollow waves. Best at mid-incoming tide.

KM 61: right point. Which offer a long right hand line up this is one of the most desolated spots in La Libertad because of none restaurant hotel or hose is in front, you must to parking your car on one side of the rod and walk couple minutes.

La Perla and Shalpa: these are beach breaks aprox 10-15 min. from KM61.

   
 
Mizata - Surfing El Salvador

Mizata: right and left point break which can break very good on SW190 to 210, it is 40 min drive from La Libertad through 5 tunnels. This is another of the desolated surf spots. This break offer right and left waves. This spot consist in two sections which are “The Doll” that is a point break and a beach break next to the point. The two areas break at both sides.

Fisherman's Point: There is an easy right hand break with rock bottom that is very consistent and there is a hollow left at that same point. On the other side of the break there is a nice sand bottom left but is hard to find it breaking .There are many abandoned beaches and points with sandy bottoms, there are lots more surf spots between La Libertad and the airport that are not popular and not well known by surfers, but our surfing knowledge is Unlimited...!!!

   
   

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Waves - East Coast El Salvador

 

 
Las Flores - Surfing El Salvador Las Flores Point: This is volcanic rock point and sandy bottom is one of the points that breaks mechanically with a hollow takeoff and very long rides up to 250m.The takeoff is critical as well as competitive, with surfers lining up and dropping in behind the rocks, and a fall here has immediate consequences. On small to moderate swells (3-6 ft), or fuller tides, Las Flores is a classic sand point break, super fun on a short board, fish, or long board, with long open faces and workable wall sections.  Las Flores point breaks better in low tides because of when it is empty the wave breaks behind of the rocks. But when take a big swell break good in any tide.
   
 
La Vaca - Surfing El Salvador La Vaca:

This right point works best on a low to mid tide, and a 4-6 ft swell. Vaca is a hallow, critical, shorter wave than Flores. Punta Vaca can be a great option for the experienced surfer looking for heavy takeoffs and hollow barrels, and can provide crowd relief if the point at Las Flores is congested.

La Vaca is 300m west from Las Flores you can paddle or walk. 

   
 
El Toro - Surfing El Salvador

Toro De Oro:

This is a  right hand that breaks in deeper water forgiving take off and offers long lined up rights with 200m rides when on, works perfect in 4+ solid swell.The wave face is very carve but steep. Breaks best in low or mid coming up tide safest access is by boat due to treacherous entry and rocks on the inside. 

   
 
Punta Mango - Surfing El Salvador

Punta Mango:

Powerful and hollow right point. It is has a hollow take off with a serious barrel at size. It works on a 3ft+ SW or S swell and all tides.  This point is compared with El Capitan in California but a lot more consistent. The wave is best at 4-8 ft. At low tide the main bowl shuts down and the peak shifts out to the corner, with long lined-up rides to 200m+ all the way to the beach break. At mid-high tide the action shifts to the main bowl and lines up all the way through the inside. Reef booties are recommended but not mandatory. The shallowest wave, but also the most wind sensitive.  

   
 
Punta Bongo - Surfing El Salvador

Punta Bongo:

Another right point, accessible by boat only. This is a fun wave comparable to Zonte in La Libertad. Low to mid tides best. Un crowded.

   
 
El Cuco - Surfing El Salvador

El Cuco Beach break:

A hollow beach break in front of town aprox. 800m east of the point, with one distinct peak, favouring lefts.

Usually when it is this good the point is better, but check it anyway. Sometimes it is good when the point isn't and can work on a higher tide, offering a scrappier alternative with a bit more lip.

 

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Wave Science




Waves can be formed by storm systems out at sea (ground swell) or by localized on-shore winds (wind swell).

Ground swells travel for a long distance across the ocean until breaking on the exposed coastline. These swells are usually much bigger, better-organized and more consistent then those caused by winds.

Wind swells are created by strong on-shore winds and are usually smaller, less well-organized and choppier than ground swells. With the right wind (off-shore) and the right tide, the wind swell can bring perfect surfing conditions.

Wave Breaks

Beach Break - Waves breaking over a sandbank and onto the beach.

Point Break- Waves breaking along a headland. The wave can break over a sandbank, coral reek, or rocky formation.

Reef Break- Waves breaking over a submerged coral reef or rock formation.

 

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