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Punta Panico Spot Guide

Stormrider Guide

Just south of Cabo Blanco, cliffs curve out to another challenging left, suitably named Panic Point. This is the most northern Peruvian point that regularly works on the S-SW swell train and also where the Humboldt Current runs out of steam. Winter sees all size swells wrap around the tip and hit a minefield of sharp, barnacle encrusted rocks, throwing up rapid tube sections that require high board speed and positioning to escape. Packs loads of punch and although the reef isn't in your face like Cabo Blanco, getting caught inside here is almost worse. Some call this one of the best waves in South America and more rewarding than it's illustrious neighbour, plus it can handle more size. Paddle out from the beach or take a chance with the rock dance off the point.

Absolutely dominated by a small local crew who live and breathe this wave when it is on. Only qualified tube-masters need apply. While there may be some vibe, the random rocks are the real danger, so aim for mid to high tide.

  • Mid to High Tide
  • Left-hand break over submerged reef
  • Sand
  • SW - N
  • South Easterly
  • 15 3