About Pico Alto

One of South America's biggest waves and Peru's premier heavy-water reef, a 30-minute paddle from shore, located south of Lima in the classic Punta Hermosa district, this thick "High Peak" draws out of deep water and offers a relatively long right wall, although the left is sometimes attempted. A cold, gray, Hawaiian-style wave, rideable to as big as you can handle, in plain view from the highway. Needs slack wind and a huge SW swell, which are common in winter. Only experienced big-wave surfers need apply.

Pico Alto is one of the biggest waves in South America. Fast, hollow and heavy, it starts working at 12-15-feet, holds until 30-feet and almost never closes out. The rides get longer as the waves get bigger. It breaks right and left, but favors the right. The paddle is about a kilometer to the open-ocean break. Best time is from April to June, but through the winter, as well.

Source: Pico Alto Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Classic big-wave camaraderie.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Can get crowded.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Good if you like XL surf.

Shoulder Burn

Exhausting

Light Exhausting

Heavy

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean

Additional Information

Hazards

Huge surf; two-wave (or more) hold downs.

Access

Long paddle.

Bring Your

Gun

Seabed

Rock.

Best Season

April-August

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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