About Rio Nexpa

Rio Nexpa is indisputably one of Mexico's best lefts when a sturdy S or SW swell is running. Located at the southern end of Michoacan State, Nexpa's left is a long, occasionally barreling wave that hits the cobblestone fan of a wide rivermouth. At its best, Nexpa is nothing short of reeling, leg-burning, and world-class. Naturally, the wave's shape is reliant on the river's flow, and typically by the end of summer it has blown out too wide because of all the rain, which usually wrecks the sandbar. The good news is that Nexpa tends to hold up all day, short of the nastiest onshore conditions, so there is plenty of time for everyone to get their fill of long, zipping lefts.

Source: Rio Nexpa Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

The locals charge and you're a visitor. Be cool, fool.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Thick when it's good.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Quite good.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Long paddles back out after lengthy rides.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

The river flows unabated at all times, especially during summer.

Additional Information




Once you find the turn-off from the highway, it's easy.

Bring Your

Shortboard, longboard, fish, gun


Cobbles, large rocks, some sand.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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