The Azores is located 1.300 km off the coast of Lisbon and in the path of the Atlantic swell caused by storms that produce consistent and powerful waves all year round.
Because of its location, half way between the American and European continents, Azores is blessed by swell from all directions, even during the summer months, when Europe surf spots offer less waves.
The 360 degree swell exposure of Azores allows almost any wind and swell combination. How perfect could it be?
This is one of the reasons why the Association of Surf Professionals (ASP) organizes a Prime surf event in Sao Miguel island, usually in September just before the WCT championship starts in Hossegor and Peniche.
Despite the ASP Azores Pro, the archipelago still remains surprisingly crowd free, a dream for any experienced surfer.
Being quite remote islands, the surf spots in Azores managed to keep its secrecy and wilderness.
Come and see for yourself! Just “google” some pictures and you’ll immediately feel like want to come to the Azores the next minute!
During the Winter months, Azores receives some of the biggest waves in the Atlantic when powerful northern swells reach the shore. Azores can be the real paradise for big surf riders and experienced surfers. Nevertheless, there are beach breaks more protected from the swell like Rabo de Peixe, that are very good for beginners during the winter.
During the Spring and Autumn the swell changes and offers better conditions to intermediate surfers but still with consistent swells.
In the summer months you will still be able to surf decent waves but with smaller size.
The predominant surf breaks are thick, heavy, reefs and point breaks. Although, some good quality beach breaks, ideal for surf learning, can be found as well, namely Ribeira Grande where the Surfinn Ribeira Grande Surf Houses is located.
The weather in Azores is highly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, its currents and tropical storms, but overall it is considered mild, not offering major differences all year round.
During the Winter, the average temperature is 13 C, and Summer around 22 C. The ocean temperatures range from 17 to 22 C degrees and the water is crystal clear.
Surf school instrcutctors and surf guides will know precisely what kind of waves are more suitable for you and will inform you over the closest surf spots, from reef breaks to beach breaks.
Some of the surf spots still remain secret, with no names and difficult access, so it is recommended to have a surf guide taking you there! The surfari packages are ideal for those surfers looking for these non-crowded and remote surf spots in Azores.
If you are selecting the surfari or self-catering packages, we recommend you to bring some surf gear with you, as there are not many surf shops in Sao Miguel or in the whole Azores Archipelago. So just in case, bring surf equipment that suits you the most and according the swell conditions.
In terms of wetsuits, probably the most recommendable option would be a 3.2.
If you are taking the surf camp package that includes surf lessons, so you do not need to worry about equipment as it will be provided.
Closest surf spots:
- Ribeira Grande, our home beach break ideal for everyone, especially beginners and where our surf school gives many of its surf lessons;
- Rabo de Peixe, a surf spot that was considered the best in Sao Miguel and that was almost destroyed by the construction of a jetty, offering nowadays an easy inside left that is very convenient when the winter swells are big;
- Populo, a very accessible beach break that can get crowded during the weekend, but that overall offers waves for everyone;
- Baixa da Viola, a reef break located in the north of the island close to the surf camp and that breaks for both sides;
- Ponta dos Mosteiros is one of the best waves in Sao Miguel and in Azores, located in the far west side of the island offering volcanic landscapes that formed perfect reefs; and
- Other popular surf spots worth paying a visit are: Caldeira, Fajazinha, Faja do Araujo and Faja dos Cubres.