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In the department of Moquegua, north of the port city of Ilo. (that's like 1,150 k's or something more south of Lima). The spot is located on the north side of the Ilo harbour. It's very powerful and only works with strong south or south west swells.
DistanceTake a car
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name El Olon
Wave qualityWorld Class
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South
Good wind directionSouthWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide position
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Kind of wave :
Lefts, long, with the right tide it is tubular. Reaches more than 6 meters; the wave breaks 500 meters out at the sea, rocks are deep; it's recommendable to surf it with a big south swell.
Sea performance :
Cold water; average temperature: between 15°C and 18°C.
Moist and moderate. In the summer reaches 28°C and in winter goes down to 12°C.
By the Costanera, or from Ilo.
All the services in the cities of Ilo and Mollendo.
The wave is probably the second biggest wave in Peru after Pico Alto, it's very dangerous and only few people have surfed it, you have to paddle really hard to arrive to the peak, with the correct tide the wave is a tube and can hold up to 6 meters.
Almost nobody surfs here, it's in the north of an industrial harbour area, and with the right conditions it kicks asses !!
By Anonymous , 21-10-2007
Crazy wave - The wave is amazing! Its the biggest lef in Peru and can be super tubular. This photos dont show its real potencial, enter to olasperu.com for more amazing pictures.
By TC , 03-06-2006
El Olón de Ilo - difficult to assess the size of the wave from shore - I surfed it once in 1996. From the cliff and nobody out there, the waves looked 8-10 foot faces. Out there it was 15 ft (my 7'10 was a bit small for that day). On a good day, one needs at least a thick´8'6 footer to tackle it!
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