Do you want to improve your level of surfing to new heights? One of the most important things is to know when is the right time to jump into the water. And for this, mastering the interpretation of weather forecasts, such as those offered by tools such as Windguru or Surfline, is essential.

The most used web applications allow you to interpret the forecasts. These platforms offer detailed wind and wave forecasts for a wide range of beaches. All you need to do is select the beach where you plan to surf. Remember that accuracy varies depending on the time frame. Check the forecasts with little margin to plan your session more accurately.

  1. Tides and wind are critical factors that shape wave behaviour:

The optimum tide depends on the spot. Some spots work better at low tide, others at high tide, and others at high tide. Seek advice from locals if possible. The waves tend to be more powerful during the rising tide, so if you have to choose, prefer surfing with the rising tide.

The wind is a crucial indicator to determine if the surf session will be successful. The direction and speed of the wind play a vital role:

  • Onshore Wind: Blows from the sea towards the shore, causing the waves to break prematurely. Surfing with onshore wind can be tricky and translates into choppy seas.
  • Offshore Wind: Blows from the land towards the sea. This wind hollows out the waves and creates ideal conditions for surfing. It is the wind you want to see in the forecast.
  • Lateral Wind: If the wind is lateral, evaluate the set of variables to decide if it is advisable to enter the water. This will depend on the strength and duration of the wind, but can result in messy waves.

The direction of the wind is represented by arrows, indicating the direction in which it is blowing. You must consider the orientation of the beach to correctly interpret these arrows.

The wind speed, expressed in knots, indicates its intensity. Intense colors represent stronger winds.

  1. Wave Size and Period:

These parameters define the quality of the waves:

  • The size is measured in feet or meters, indicating the height of the waves from sea level.. 

The period measures the frequency between one wave and the next. A longer period suggests waves of better quality. An optimal period is at least 10 seconds.

3. Energy and Direction of the Sea:

The energy of the waves, measured in kilo Joules (kJ), is calculated from the size and period. Small waves with a long period can have the same energy as larger waves with a short period. The direction of the sea influences the type of waves that are formed.

As you become more familiar with the factors that influence waves, you will be able to make informed decisions about when and where to surf.

If you want to learn to surf safely, do not hesitate to join us in Huanchaco, Peru. The Urcia Surf School team awaits you to take you out to sea

Caballito tour

For thousands of years local fishermen have been using Caballitos de Totora (reed surfboard-like boats) to navigate the ocean and surf the waves. It’s how surfing in Peru started! During our Caballito tour, Santos Urcia – father of Juninho – will show you how a caballito is made and will explain about this tradition that is still very much alive today. Of course you will have plenty of opportunity to try riding one yourself and catch some fish! Afterwards we will have a traditional Peruvian Ceviche lunch where we will prepare the catch of the day together. The tour takes about half a day in total.

Caballito de totora tour by Urcia Surf School in Huanchaco


After some days of intense surfing a massage can pep you up again! Massages last 1 hour and take place at our masseurs. Let your masseur know which muscles you prefer to be treated.


Start or end your day with a relaxing yoga session! The sessions take 1 hour and take place at the beach. Your yoga instructor will adapt the exercises to your level.


Our hearty and healthy surfer breakfast includes coffee or tea, yogurt, cereals, fresh fruits, bread, cheese, ham and eggs. 

We cater for vegetarians, vegans and or alergies. Please indicate this in the comment area.

Breakfast at Urcia Surf House

Spanish Lessons

Combining surfing with learning Spanish
If besides surfing you are up for another challenge, we also offer Spanish lessons as an option for all our surf camp packages. It’s not uncommon for the friendly locals of Huanchaco to start a conversation or give you surf tips while waiting for the next set of waves. Thus you can directly put your new Spanish skills to practice. What better and more relaxed way of learning Spanish than doing so while surfing?

Spanish Lessons
For the Spanish lessons we work together with Manuel, a local spanish teacher with a lot of experience. In 1-hour lessons in small groups he will help build your confidence speaking and understanding Spanish, so that in no-time you will be able to chat with the locals, be it in the line-up or at the bar. The first Spanish lesson your current level will be assessed and based on that the focus for the rest of the course will be determined. At the end of every class you will receive some homework to continue learning in between classes at your own pace.