About Nine Palms

This Baja Sur pointbreak has been a high-ranking hotspot on surfers' Cabo itineraries for decades - and it's definitely one of the most popular waves on the East Cape, despite the fact that it's not world-class by any means. Under head-high, Nine Palms is a bit mushy and slow. However, when an overhead summer S swell drains in, Nine Palms ignites into a reeling wall with plenty of perfectly crackable sections. And if your timing is especially impeccable, you might even get a sneaky barrel.

Source: Nine Palms Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Can get slightly vibey with expats, but there are few locals that live right at the break.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

It may be somewhat remote, but it's all the rage.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Overhead Nine Palms is ridiculous fun.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

After a good one, yes.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Some rocks to watch out for.


Park right above the break.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish


Sand, rock.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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