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The Best Surfing Spots in Pichilemu and Its Surroundings

The Best Surfing Spots in Pichilemu and Its Surroundings

By: Hernan Claro - 15 January, 2024

Best Surfing Spots in Pichilemu

Considered one of the best areas in the world for open-sea sports, Pichilemu counts on various spots for your takeoff and ride on internationally recognized waves, which can reach heights of up to 8 meters.

Do you dare to feel the adrenaline rush?

212 kilometers south of Santiago is Pichilemu, known as the world capital of surfing. The reason? Along the coast, an ideal swarm of currents and winds from the Pacific Ocean generates waves of up to 8 meters in height, incredible water tubes, and exciting swells that attract enthusiasts of this fascinating sport.

For this reason, Pichilemu is full of places to rent boards and suits, as well as schools offering classes for all skill levels.

Moreover, you can see professionals practicing for the national and international championships held each year in the district, both in surfing and other sports such as Stand Up Paddle (SUP), windsurfing, sailing, and kitesurfing.

All of this is complemented by the abundance of tourist, gastronomic, and natural attractions that make Pichilemu and its surroundings an unforgettable visit.

The Best Surf Spots in Pichilemu and Surroundings

1. La Puntilla

Located in front of Ross Park and next to the main beach, La Puntilla is a spot cherished by surfing enthusiasts. Here, a very long left wave, almost four meters high, develops, advancing with speed and extending for about a kilometer.

An ideal place for beginners in surfing, this beach resort has bathrooms, showers, and parking for vehicles, and is also close to a row of food trucks and restaurants.

Best Surfing Spots in Pichilemu

Photo: Pichilemu Town Hall

2. Infiernillo

A bit further south is Infiernillo, a beach known for its black sand and waves of up to four meters, more intense than La Puntilla but of shorter duration. Recommended for more experienced surfers, this beach resort is located between beautiful rocky areas that give life to a unique landscape.

Photo: Sernatur Audiovisual Bank

3. Punta de Lobos

We move away from the center of Pichilemu to reach Punta de Lobos, one of the most well-known spots for surfing due to its enormous waves, which can reach 6 meters or even more.

Declared a World Surf Reserve, this beach is a paradise for board lovers. However, it requires a bit more knowledge, as you have to cross rocky terrain and a channel before getting on the islets to enter the sea and surf.

Nevertheless, Punta de Lobos has areas for swimming in a relaxed manner amidst a wonderful ecosystem where sea lions and a variety of birds inhabit.

4. Puertecillo y Matanzas

Pichilemu is not the only spot for surfing in the O’Higgins Region. About an hour and a half away is the district of Navidad, which has the beaches of Matanzas, Puertecillo, and Topocalma.

Although they were once a well-kept secret and even required access through a dirt road, time has established these beach resorts as a must-visit destination for those who enjoy surfing.

Additionally, the area offers beautiful coastal walks through the mouth of the Rapel River, full of magical forests to get inspired by nature.

Best Surfing Spots in Pichilemu

Photo: Sernatur Audiovisual Bank

Everything You Need to Know to Surf in Pichilemu

The water temperature in Pichilemu ranges between 12 and 15 Celsius degrees, so it is crucial to wear a well-sealed wetsuit, especially if you plan to go in winter.

If you have never surfed before, it is important to listen carefully to your instructors. Since your body will be making movements that it is not used to, you may end up tired, and although balance is initially challenging, practice makes perfect, and over time, you will achieve the perfect equilibrium.

Remember that no two waves are the same, and the sea has its secrets, so approach it with respect. Keeping that in mind, you are more than ready to head to one of the most extraordinary surfing destinations in the world.

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