Matanzas is an authentic fishing village with good restaurants and a few shopping facilities. It is located on the Chilean coast, about 160 kilometers away from the capital Santiago. Surrounded by different wave spots, the village is a perfect base for wave kiters.
During the Chilean holiday season (Jan-Feb) it can get busy but throughout the rest of the year the village is quiet and offers a lot of space on the beach and in the waves. Along the coast there are many unknown kite and world-famous surf spots, e.g. Punta de Lobos (approx. 100km).
WAVE KITE SPOTS
Matanzas is surrounded by several top kite spots. Our guides know the preferred wind and wave conditions for the different spots.
At the village beachfront breaks a left handed wave (beach break). Thermal winds start in the early afternoon allowing advanced kite and wind surfers long sessions until sunset
(confident launching and landing skills required).
The best wave kite spot in the area for confident kiters due to constant winds, clean wave conditions and stunning surroundings. Located 2km north, access only along the beach (4-wheel drive, 20 minutes walk or downwinder).
Open sea, a small lagoon and a spacious beach are the three characteristics of this good beginner and advanced spot Pupuya, 2km south of Matanzas. Knee-deep water level in the lagoon allows beginners to make their first steps while more advanced kiters can enjoy the waves in the open sea. Good freestyle conditions when waves are small.
Flat water conditions can be found at the rivermouth of Rio Rapel in La Boca (approx. 8km north of Matanzas), in combination with constant wind good conditions for beginners.
WIND, WAVES & CLIMATE
STRONG WINDS IN NOVEMBER
Chile offers perfect topographical conditions for wind and waves: When a stable Pacific anti-cyclone is given, the dry interior lands and the hot desert in the north suck the cold ocean air (created by the pacific Humboldt Current) up along Chile's coast, such creating strong southerly winds. On sunny days, the wind starts turning SW on early afternoon creating perfect side-onshore conditions, mostly between 20-25, sometimes up to 35 knots.
These effects are unreliable during the Chilean winter (May-Aug) but start building up again during September and peak in November and December, the months with the best wind statistics.
GOOD WAVES DUE TO ARCTIC STORMS
The Humboldt Current constantly delivers S-SW swells from the Antarctica to the Chilean coast, producing perfect wave conditions (due to the swell direction mostly left-handers).
During the South American spring (Sep-Nov) and summer (Dec-Feb) the average temperature in Matanzas is approx. 20-25 degree celsius, allowing for sunbathing in wind-protected areas but requiring a sweater or windbreaker at night. Because of the polar Humboldt Current, the water temperature is approx. 16-18 degree celsius what makes a wetsuit inevitable all year. But the cold water also brings advantages: It creates a reliable wind system in combination with the warm inlands and scares off toe dippers - more space on the wave for anyone who doesn't mind the refreshing temperatures.