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Punta Rocas is by far the most consistent and unfortunately most crowded spot in the area. It's a peak off a blunt headland and the line-up favours rights, which work from tiny to triple overhead without closing out. Muscular walls bump and grind down the bouldery reef, with a receding lip-line that invites blasting off the top and snapping back towards the power, of which there is plenty. Can have some hollow moments, especially at higher tides as it breaks closer on the rocks, but the lefts are more tubey in smaller SW swells, albeit lacking the walliness of the rights. Most paddle-out from the southside, where the tricky shorebreak is often ridden by bodyboarders. NE is dead offshore, but any E in the wind will be fine.

This used to be a WQS contest site, because there are few breaks in Peru that match it for consistency (10/10) and when it is flat here, forget surfing for the day. Intermediates will be fine on the average days, but even confident surfers will be knocked back by the over-enthusiastic whitewash and a trip over the rocks is unpleasant. Crowds vary a lot, thinning out when it gets to double overhead, while small swells can be wall to wall - literally! Pay someone to watch your car.

  • All Tides
  • Submerged reef with peaky waves
  • Sand
  • S - W
  • Easterly
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