Surfing in Chile

Chile is famous all over the world for its ancient history, energy, and climate. It is the climate and the Pacific Ocean that makes Chile one of the most attractive surf spots. Though Chile cannot be called a surf country now, it is more and more visited by professional surfers who hold championships and competitions between locals and foreigners.

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Pichilemu: Main surfing spot

For those who want to start their surfing experience or for those who managed to turn pro in this sport, Chile is the best destination. One of the main surf spots is a little town called “Pichilemu” (also considered as the surfing capital of Chile). This little town is very cozy. People are very friendly. The city has less than 10 000 people, and 1 000 fewer men than women.

Pichilemu has 2 main surfing spots: Infernio and La Puntia. Six km to the South lays the most famous Chilean surf place “Punta de Lobos” which means wolf headland. Punta de Lobos is popular because of its large waves. It is known that one wave can reach 1 or even 2 km, which makes it a wonderful place for surfers.

Pichilemu holds various local competitions and even Quicksilver Ceremonial. Ceremonial is held during the biggest waves in a period of 2 or 3 days (April 1- May 30). The waves should be 8-9 meters in height.

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The city is proud to be home to famous surfers like Ramon Navarro, Diego Merello, and Fabian Farias.

Aside from large waves, the water here is always cold. It doesn’t go below zero but it is still not as warm as the California one. Chilean surfers adapt to these conditions which makes them tough. This gives them an advantage when they surf in other places in Chile or other countries. 


Other top surfing spots in Chile

The other famous surfing spots in Chile are Iquique and Arica on the North, Renaca in the central part, Curanipe and Buchupuero. 


All these towns have pretty good conditions for surfing or simply for a nice vacation. Don’t forget that anywhere you go in Chile, you are surrounded by magnificent nature and party people that will make your stay in Chile unforgettable.



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10 thoughts on “Surfing in Chile”

  1. Chile is definitely in my bucket list and I can’t wait for us to be able to travel safely again. Surfing is one of the sports that I’m really interested in and it would be great to learn this in another country! Thanks for sharing your recommendations!

  2. Thanks for sharing this surfing destination! I need to learn this new sport, after all, there are also many places to practice here in Australia. Chile is definitely a great summer destination.


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