About Mundaka

The combination of river and oceanic currents have sculpted a sandbank of almost mathematical perfection to produce one of the most awesome waves on the planet. Access is simple enough, a gentle paddle from the harbor, but this isn't an easy wave to surf. The water detonates onto the shallow sand bank in a steep and pitching lunge, and although it is sand-bottomed, from here on in it breaks like a reef. Those who hit the bottom do so hard. The outer peak is dominated by a pack, but even the scraps way down the line can offer great barrels. Mundaka's fantastically shaped rivermouth sandbar creates solid, 200-yard-long, top-to-bottom barrels. The rip that runs along the side of the cliff is perhaps surfing's ultimate saltwatery escalator -- it's a paddle-optional trip straight to the peak. Mundaka's essentially a 200-yard-long shorebreak wave. It gulps and warbles and barrels top-to-bottom like the best inside beachbreak ever and keeps going. When you finish the wave -- especially when it's bigger -- it's best to prone out and head back over toward the cliff rip rather than kick out and paddle back along the edge of the wave.

Source: Mundaka Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Intimidating

Welcoming Intimidating

There's a definite macho atmosphere in the water and you're tripping if you think you can get a set wave off the locals. Sit farther down the point and you'll get the best scraps of your life.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

There can be as many as 100 surfers out on a really good day in season.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

World class when it's on.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Very difficult to stay in place when a big NW comes through.

Water Quality

Dirty

Clean Dirty

It's in front of a rivermouth, so it doesn't take much rain to make the water dirty.

Additional Information

Hazards

Rips, getting in over your head.

Access

The streets in Mundaka are a confusing mess of one-ways and alleys, but if you can navigate your way to the church parking lot in the middle of town overlooking the break and find a spot, consider yourself blessed.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

September-February

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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