10 Cold Water Surfing Paradises

Surfing isn't all about basking in the sun - you can do it wherever there's swell, so long as you have a good wetsuit

With it’s super long coastline, stretching from Patagonia in the south to The Atacama desert in north, all facing into the Southern Ocean, Chile is paradise for any surfer. But it’s cold, a chilly current comes up from the Antarctic, bring frigid water and foggy cold conditions with it. But hidden beneath that marine layer is hundreds of miles of good surf, from points to beach breaks, Chile has it all and it rarely, if ever goes flat.

The focus of this surf is around the small town of Pichilemu which has become something of a cold water surfing Mecca with its incredible long lefthanders at Punta Lobos.¬†These break from a couple¬†of feet up to monstrous sizes. It’s here that a stop of the big wave world tour takes place, and combined with a tricky paddle out off the rocks and a big shifting line up it is one of the most challenging big wave spots in the world.

Pichilemu Surfing Video:


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