About Punta de Lobos

The lefts that march in down the line are consistent, varied and often excellent. Not to mention it's the closest high-quality pointbreak to Santiago. And as an added bonus, the cliffs protect the break from the dreaded -- and almost daily -- SW wind. Lobos itself has many sections and moods, depending on the swell and tide. When it's giant (rideable up to solid 20-foot), the lineup is way outside off the further big rock. The experienced big wave riders take off right in front of the rock, while the rest of the mortals tend to stay just wide of it. When it's double-overhead-plus, the wave just kinda rolls into the bay -- other than sheer size, it's not a super intimidating big wave, as there's no gnarly bowl section. It would actually be good training for any aspiring big-wave riders, as it's pretty deep out there and your chances for utter death are minimal.

When it gets under double-overhead is when things start cooking. The lineup moves further in, and the wave walls and tubes through the whole middle part of the point -- 200-yard-long rides are not unheard of. It's not super fast, so you actually have time to set up the bowl sections, and it's glassy 90% of the time. As it gets underhead, it becomes more sectiony, breaking mainly towards the top of the point in a series of shorter (50-yard) walls.

Source: Punta de Lobos Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

There are a few expats who've moved here from other parts in the world as well as a dozen or so super hot local Chileans who'll get more waves than you. Relax. You're on vacation.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

After Renaca, Lobos is the most crowded spot in Chile. Fortunately, there are a few different take off zones.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Proximity to the Southern Ocean and protection from predominantly SW winds means it doesn't take much for it to get good.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

A workout to get to the top of the point on a big SW.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty good

Additional Information


Burned out arms just getting to the wave.


Park right at the tip of the point

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun


Sand and rocks

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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