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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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 San Mateo

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Stay in Manta. Take a taxi from there to San Mateo, don't pay more than 5 dollars. There are also Camionettas that leave from the bus station for a quarter. It is 15 km west of Manta.

English (Translate this text in English): Stay in Manta. Take a taxi from there to San Mateo, don't pay more than 5 dollars. There are also Camionettas that leave from the bus station for a quarter. It is 15 km west of Manta.

English (Translate this text in English): Stay in Manta. Take a taxi from there to San Mateo, don't pay more than 5 dollars. There are also Camionettas that leave from the bus station for a quarter. It is 15 km west of Manta.

English (Translate this text in English): Stay in Manta. Take a taxi from there to San Mateo, don't pay more than 5 dollars. There are also Camionettas that leave from the bus station for a quarter. It is 15 km west of Manta.

DistanceTake a car

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Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFun

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest

Good wind directionSouthWest, South

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

San Mateo is a dirty little fishing town with no hostels yet. Don't even think of eating there if you want to avoid projectile vomitting. The wave barrels off the point hard, then forms a massive wall that will carry you as far as your legs will take you, the very end of the wave barrels and then closes again.

English (Translate this text in English): San Mateo is a dirty little fishing town with no hostels yet. Don't even think of eating there if you want to avoid projectile vomitting. The wave barrels off the point hard, then forms a massive wall that will carry you as far as your legs will take you, the very end of the wave barrels and then closes again.

English (Translate this text in English): San Mateo is a dirty little fishing town with no hostels yet. Don't even think of eating there if you want to avoid projectile vomitting. The wave barrels off the point hard, then forms a massive wall that will carry you as far as your legs will take you, the very end of the wave barrels and then closes again.

English (Translate this text in English): San Mateo is a dirty little fishing town with no hostels yet. Don't even think of eating there if you want to avoid projectile vomitting. The wave barrels off the point hard, then forms a massive wall that will carry you as far as your legs will take you, the very end of the wave barrels and then closes again.

Atmosphere

Great waves, too long a paddle back afterwards.

English (Translate this text in English): Great waves, too long a paddle back afterwards.

English (Translate this text in English): Great waves, too long a paddle back afterwards.

English (Translate this text in English): Great waves, too long a paddle back afterwards.

General

Makes it all the worth of a tropical surf vacation.

English (Translate this text in English): Makes it all the worth of a tropical surf vacation.

English (Translate this text in English): Makes it all the worth of a tropical surf vacation.

English (Translate this text in English): Makes it all the worth of a tropical surf vacation.

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By fabricio delgado , 31-10-2009

get a local surfer to show you around - San mateo is nice left swell i used to surf all the time when get big like 12 foot is awesome, if you are foreign (gringo) surfer get a local surfer to show you around, be nice of course couple ceviches and beers will be happy to show around lol,you will be having good time there.

By Anonymous , 03-03-2009

excelent surf - San mateo is a town near Manta, have a wonderful hostal Mar de Ensueños, have a rooms with air condition, tv, and excellent meal under price, and a very cordial treatment

By anonymous , 02-08-2005

dangerous town - I went there and asked a local where was the wave in the town and they took my boards telling me that they hate gringos...dangerous

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