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From Huaura, a labyrinth of dirt tracks makes it hard to find Centinela, one of the country's best left pointbreaks, with up to 4 consistent sections that attract weekend crowds. Best with a W swell and definitely better at low tide, the outside sections (4-10ft) are for experienced riders only, as they are very rocky with frequent rips. The sandy inside sections (2-7ft) wall up very nicely too and suit all standards. On S swells only the powerful first section breaks, but the more the swell turns to the W and even NW the sandy inside section walls up and very long rides are on offer.

Watch out for backwash and and cliff bounce on the jacking take-off section out the back, where there are lots of barely submerged rocks. Rips at size, local surfers crew, weekend crowds. Surfcamp or camping on beach, but thievery is a regular occurance. Cold water thanks to the wind driven upwelling.

  • All Tides
  • Left-hand Pointbreak
  • Sand
  • S - NW
  • North Easterly
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