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Latitude: 20° 13.532' S
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El Colegio is in the city of Iquique. The actual address is Balmaceda 580. The spot is in front of a surf shop(Vertical store).
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, East, NorthEast
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 3m-3.5m / 10ft-12ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionHigh tide only
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
This spot is in the top 10 of chilean surfing. Its hard to ride it with a board less than 8'.
Most of the time is very hollow.
This is one of Iquique's many hawaiian style reef breaks.
Think of this: If only in Arica and Iquique there are about 10 perfect waves, imagine how many other perfect waves are out there in the desert. (just get a 4x4 vehicle and go exploring)
By Go Big , 25-08-2005
Iquique Glorioso - "El colegio" get his name because when the wave is good and big, you may look at the coast and see a school = colegio, a three floor building at the same level of the wave