Galapagos receives year round surf from both the North and South Pacific. Swells come out of deep water breaking on volcanic rock reef with Hawaiian style power. Although overall conditions are considered better during North swell season, the South swells are closer, hence, consistently bigger.
The prime surf season is from December-April, catching the big North swells that have recently passed Hawaii and California. In this season the wind and swell conditions are ideal for world class perfection. Wave heights average 3-6 ft, but can reach 15+ ft on large swells. On any given day the surf is at least chest-head high, so getting skunked is quite unlikely. There are no surf shops on the Island, so it is important to come prepared. An ideal quiver would be your short hotdog board, a mid range 6’6 – 6’9 and a mini-gun 7’0 – 7’4.
As mentioned, the South Swells are bigger and more consistent most of the year (especially from March – October). For advanced surfers Loberia is an A-frame reef break with a resemblance to Pipe/Backdoor. Tongo Reef is a classic lefthander with rides up to 300 yards. El Canon and Outer Reef will also pickup strong SW swells.
Consistency, Size, Variety – Galapagos has it!