About Salinas y Espartal

This stretch of sandy bay runs from the rivermouth groyne at Punta del Gallo south to the urban beach of Playa de Salinas. It needs a medium sized NW swell, but when its on the high quality waves here draw a large local crew. Has long, walling lefts and rights through the tides, often gets hollow in a solid groundswell. The western end has a long headland that can offer some protection in W or NW winds.

Source: Salinas y Espartal Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all levels

Local Vibe

Intimidating

Welcoming Intimidating

Intense, can be some localism.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Gets busy when good.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Reliable, fun, walling, lefts and rights, popular with a talented longboard crew - transforms into heavier hollower fare when the swell kicks in.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Can be rippy with a heavy paddle out.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Rivermouth run-off and urban outflows means the water isn't great here - terrible after rains.

Additional Information

Hazards

Crowds, rips and heavy when big.

Access

Street parking just back from the beach and a car park in the middle of the bay.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

Works all year, best September to November.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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