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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Manta - El Escondido

Ecuador

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 Access

Go to Manta, to playa El Murcielago. Park your car in the malecon escenico and go to the beach. Look to the right and you will see the jetty. Walk there you will see a wave breacking all the way but the goooood one is in the jetty.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Manta, to playa El Murcielago. Park your car in the malecon escenico and go to the beach. Look to the right and you will see the jetty. Walk there you will see a wave breacking all the way but the goooood one is in the jetty.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Manta, to playa El Murcielago. Park your car in the malecon escenico and go to the beach. Look to the right and you will see the jetty. Walk there you will see a wave breacking all the way but the goooood one is in the jetty.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Manta, to playa El Murcielago. Park your car in the malecon escenico and go to the beach. Look to the right and you will see the jetty. Walk there you will see a wave breacking all the way but the goooood one is in the jetty.

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name El Escondido

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Localism

 Additional Information

This spot breaks all year long, sometimes there are no waves but you can have fun on small days because it's a very powerful wave. It breaks better with northern swells but also with any other small, medium, or big swell.
There's have a safe place to park your car, it costs 50 cent for as long as you want.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot breaks all year long, sometimes there are no waves but you can have fun on small days because it's a very powerful wave. It breaks better with northern swells but also with any other small, medium, or big swell.<br />There's have a safe place to park your car, it costs 50 cent for as long as you want.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot breaks all year long, sometimes there are no waves but you can have fun on small days because it's a very powerful wave. It breaks better with northern swells but also with any other small, medium, or big swell.&lt;br &#47;&gt;There's have a safe place to park your car, it costs 50 cent for as long as you want.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot breaks all year long, sometimes there are no waves but you can have fun on small days because it's a very powerful wave. It breaks better with northern swells but also with any other small, medium, or big swell.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There's have a safe place to park your car, it costs 50 cent for as long as you want.

Atmosphere

There’s a good atmosphere in Manta because there are lots of clubs, bars, parties, etc… People are very friendly.

English (Translate this text in English): There’s a good atmosphere in Manta because there are lots of clubs, bars, parties, etc… People are very friendly.

English (Translate this text in English): There’s a good atmosphere in Manta because there are lots of clubs, bars, parties, etc… People are very friendly.

English (Translate this text in English): There’s a good atmosphere in Manta because there are lots of clubs, bars, parties, etc… People are very friendly.

General

The best bodyboarding wave in Ecuador. You can really fly on this spot and get some good tubes. The only problem is that it can get really crowded and you have to respect locals, but if you are friendly they will let you get some waves.

English (Translate this text in English): The best bodyboarding wave in Ecuador. You can really fly on this spot and get some good tubes. The only problem is that it can get really crowded and you have to respect locals, but if you are friendly they will let you get some waves.

English (Translate this text in English): The best bodyboarding wave in Ecuador. You can really fly on this spot and get some good tubes. The only problem is that it can get really crowded and you have to respect locals, but if you are friendly they will let you get some waves.

English (Translate this text in English): The best bodyboarding wave in Ecuador. You can really fly on this spot and get some good tubes. The only problem is that it can get really crowded and you have to respect locals, but if you are friendly they will let you get some waves.

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By bodyboarder chic , 03-12-2006

great spot! - I love bodyboarding in el escondido. waves are consistent when time is right and people are really nice. great environment and great place to be in.

By priscilla , 18-03-2006

el escondido - el escondido is also known as "El rompe olas" as a result of its powerful and big waves and tubes. it's incredible to surf there and it is bodyboarders (especially the expierenced surfers)favorite surf spot.

By Cazzo Forte@aol.com , 16-07-2005

Awesome wave - I really liked Manta, very friendly people and cheap. The wave is only a right and it forms out of the bouncing wave off the jetty, it's kind of a little wedge but it has power behind it, a lot of local guys but they are mainly cool once you talk to them and let them know that you are a foreigner. This wave is not for beginers or intermediate, I always felt a rip going on, and power, you could drop knee on a waist high waveI flew to Ecuador from New york My name is Louie

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