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Galapagos surfing

Galapagos surfing

Surfing in the Galapagos Islands is an activity practiced by locals and visitors however most of it had to be done within the ports areas due to the lack of boats available for this purposes.

Galapagos is very heavy surf and is only recommended for experienced surfers. You should bring two boards, one over 7 feet and a smaller board. Galapagos can have world class waves and conditions, especially on northern swell season, December to May (hot season) for best north to northwest, and west swells. With reef peak waves and point/reef waves of quality and power.

You can head for San Cristobal Island and find good to excellent surf all year at walking distance. The main surf spots are Carola, El Canon, El Tongo, and the Loberia.


Carola is one of the best waves in Galapagos, just a ten minutes boat ride East of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The predominant offshore winds creates waves of up to 10 feet average, this hard core right hander moves along rock bottom, long wall, again the best wave in San Cristobal.

El Canon

Great, fast, tubing lefthander. Located right in front of a navy base. Rounded and sharp lava rocks. It gets surfed often by sea lions.

El Tongo

El Tongo Reef is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the northweast. There is a right breaking reef.


This is the island heaviest wave. Loberia is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the southeast. Groundswells more frequent than winds wells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Both left and right reef breaks. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water.

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