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Iquique Surfing

Chile - North > North Chile
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Chile is a super consistent surf country that is almost entirely untapped by surfers. North of the capital, Santiago, the landscape quickly changes to that of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world. The Pan American highway skirts the edge of the Atacama and can be used to reveal some of the treasures of the desert: perfect reef breaks. Arica and Iquique are two cities in the Atacama, 400km (250mi) apart and both are the home of great waves. Most of the waves along this coastline break close to the shore as cylindrical barrels slamming down hard onto shallow reefs full of urchins. It's often big and gnarly and many of the spots are more suitable for bodyboarders or the most skilled of surfers. Fortunately, there are channels, which enable safe paddle outs to most line-ups. The city of Arica is located on the magic Alacran peninsula, which is packed with classic spots. Between here and Iquique are potentially hundreds of world class spots that can only be reached by 4WD. Iquique itself contains a handful of excellent reef breaks in a kilometre long stretch. When looking at the waves from the shore it's easy to be deceived by the size, what appears to be 4ft (1.5m) is actually 6-8ft (2-2.5m)! All these waves face the main coastal road, and when the swells are big, crowds are guaranteed to gather and watch the show.
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18 - 27°C
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17 - 25°C
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14 - 21°C
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13 - 19°C
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13 - 21°C
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16 - 24°C
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+ Very consistent, all year
+ Big, powerful waves
+ Chilled uncrowded atmoshere
+ Perfect climate
- Shallow reefs and urchins
- No mellow waves
- Long journeys
- Monotonous landscape
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Cavancha (Iquique) Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 215° 4mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 6
2
S - NW Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Colegio Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 215° 4mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 18
6
S - SW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Intendencia Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 215° 4mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 12
3
S - SW Easterly High Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon La Urraca Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 215° 4mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 12
5
S - SW North Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Punta Dos Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 215° 4mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef 8
3
S - NW Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Punta Gruesa Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 215° 4mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef No Data Available
No Data Available
S - SW North Easterly Mid Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Punta Una Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 215° 4mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 10
3
S - NW North Easterly Low to Mid Tide