Best Surfing in Chile

Best Surfing in Chile

Punta de Lobos

Before I get to the best surfing in Chile, I would like to provide you with a little information about this independent South American Country.  Chile starts at South America’s central western coast and runs all the way to its southern tip.  Chile borders three countries, Peru at its northern border, Bolivia at its north eastern border and Argentina.  Argentina begins where Bolivia ends, starting also at Chile’s north eastern border and running all the way to its southern tip.

The Andes Mountains runs along nearly the entire length of Chile’s eastern border and the South Pacific Ocean runs along its western and south western coastline.   Chile is approximately 2,670 miles long but only 217 miles in width at its widest point.  Chile has a coast line of approximately 4,000 miles and waves hit this coastline year round.   Because Chile borders so many different landscapes (e.g. mountains, deserts, forest, etc.), it also experiences many different climates: snow, rain, sun, etc.

Chile’s capital city is Santiago and its official language is Spanish.  Chile declared its independence from Spain in 1820.  Chile is considered one of the most stable and prosperous countries in South America.  Chile’s economy is based on the export of minerals, with copper being its most valuable resource.  The president of Chile is Michelle Bachelet.

Now that you know a little about Chile, let’s get to the best surfing in Chile.  Chile has beach breaks, points breaks and reef breaks and experiences the types of waves those breaks create.  Here are some spots where you’ll experience the best surfing in Chile: Punta de Lobos, El Gringo, El Claron, Papagayo, Ritoque, Renaca, Puertecillo, La Puntilla and Infiernillo.

Punta de Lobos

Best Surfing in ChilePunta de Lobos is a left point break that can be surfed by surfers of all experience levels when the surf is small.  When it gets big, experienced surfers should only be out at this spot.  Punta de Lobos is located approximately 4.5 miles south of the town of Pichilemu.  Pichilemu is approximately 128 south of the capital city of Santiago.

El Gringo

El Gringo is a reef break and referred to by locals as the Chilean Pipeline, and like Hawaii’s Pipeline, this is a spot only for the experience surfer.  El Gringo is located in the Arica province, which is located in the upper North West portion of Chile.  Arica province is approximately 17 miles from the Peruvian border.

El Claron

El Claron is a left point break and is a surf spot for surfers of all experience levels.  El Claron is near the port city of Valparaiso, which is approximately 72 miles north of the capital city of Santiago.

Papagayo

Best Surfing in Chile

La Puntilla

Papagayo is a long, left point break and is a surf spot for surfers of all experience levels.  Papagayo is located near the city of Quintero in the Valparaiso Province.  The city of Quintero is approximately 100 miles north of the capital city of Santiago.

Ritoque

Ritoque is a beach break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Ritoque is located south of the city of Quintero, it is approximately 4.25 miles from Quintero, and 98 miles north of the capital city of Santiago.

Renaca

Best Surfing in Chile

Renaca

Renaca is a beach break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Renaca is north of the city of Viña del Mar, and is approximately 5 miles distance from that city.  Renaca is approximately 84 miles north of the capital city of Santiago.

Puertecillo

Puertecillo is a left breaking point break, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Puertecillo it is a hard to find surf spot located North West of Hacienda Topocalma.  Hacienda Topocalma is 106 miles south of the capital city of Santiago.

La Puntilla

La Puntilla is a left breaking point break, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  La Puntilla is located within walking distance of the city of Pichilemu.  Pichilemu is approximately 128 south of the capital city of Santiago.

Infiernillo

Infiernillo is a rocky point with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer. Infiernillo is within walking distance of the city of Pichilemu and is south of the surf spot La Puntilla. Pichilemu is approximately 128 south of the capital city of Santiago.

In Conclusion

Chile is an independent country located in South America, with approximately 4,000 miles of coastal shoreline.  Chile has beach breaks, point breaks and reef breaks and experiences the types of waves those breaks create (click here to read my post “Type of Waves to Surf”).  I have listed a few of the surf spots were you can experience some of the best surfing in Chile.

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4 thoughts on “Best Surfing in Chile

  1. What a great article. I have never surfed in Chile before but this article gives me an idea of where I should go. I travel often, but never to Chile. It sounds like for my first time there, I should go to Papagayo to make sure that I don’t get in over my head. Is that right?

    • Hi Richard, There are other surf spots in Chile, but among the surf spots I listed, I would say Papagayo is your best bet.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

  2. I was recently in Tofino (Vancouver Island, Canada) and got me thinking of where I could find some great surf spots in the winter months. I’ve always thought that Chile must have some great surf spots – with all that coastline.

    I am definitely still a novice so El Claron and Papagayo sound like the best options for me.

    One question though. I surf goofy – does this mean that I will find it easier to surf on a left or right break? Or doesn’t it matter?

    • Hi Nathan, As a goofy footer it is easier to go left on a wave, so that you are facing the wave, but you should be proficient in going both left and right. If you are not comfortable going right, then you should practice going right until you get comfortable.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

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