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Arica Surfing

Chile - North > North Chile
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The extreme north of Chile conceals a string of perfect reefs in the driest desert in the world, the Atacama. Unlike the long points of the southern Pichilemu area, most northern breaks are gnarly reefbreaks, breaking close to the shore. 400km (250mi) from Iquique and its North Shore-style concentration of reefs, Arica's fame comes from the magic Alacrán Peninsula, circled by four potential spots. An oasis in the Atacama Desert, Arica has been inhabited since at least 6000BC, well before the lure of its golden sand dunes, miles of seashore, duty-free shopping and lively nightlife helped it transform into an increasingly popular seaside resort. Only 20km (12.5mi) from the Peruvian border, Arica has been a trade city for centuries and only developed as a surf city when groups of Peruvian and southern Chilean surfers discovered the potential in the late ?70s. Skills and equipment prevented the pioneers from tackling the reefbreaks, so the surfing scene was focused on the beachbreaks north of town.
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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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14 - 21°C
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16 - 24°C
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+ Ultra consistent swell
+ Powerful reefbreaks
+ Magic Alacran peninsula
+ Big wave riding options
+ Dry, warm climate
- Shallow reefs and urchins
- Board-breaking conditions
- Far from international hubs
- Increasing crowds
- Wetsuits necessary
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon El Tojo Viejo (Arica) Star Star Star Grey Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 12
6
S - NW South Easterly Low Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Arenillas Negras Star Star Star Grey Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
3
S - NW North Easterly Mid Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon El Brazo 0ft 0secs 0° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 10
6
S - NW South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon El Buey Star Star Star Grey Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 25
8
S - NW Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon El Gringo Star Star Star Grey Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef 12
3
S - NW North Easterly High Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon El Puerto Star Star Star Grey Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef and Sand 6
4
S - NW South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon El Tubo Star Star Star Grey Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pier, Groyne or Jetty Sand 6
2
S - NW Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon La Brava Star Star Star Grey Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
3
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon La Isla Star Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 8
3
S - NW South Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Las Machas Star Star Star Grey Star 5.5ft 13secs 224° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 8
3
S - NW North Easterly Mid to High Tide