Rio de Janeiro is not only one of the most beautiful places in the world but it is also a world reference in surfing. This city has some of the best waves in Brazil and hosts the annual WCT stage during May when all the best surfers get together to surf the best breaks in Barra da Tijuca or Arpoador.
Rio’s waves are mainly beach breaks along the big stretches of sand along this enormous city. From South to the West coast line of Rio, many spots are available for surfing. Check them here.
The west zone beaches offer the best and most consistent options for surfing, with many beaches facing different directions to pick up all swells and wind directions.
In the south area, spots like Ipanema beach break offers some waves but not many often. It’s probably more interesting watching the beach and its beautiful view of the sunset behind the mountains and ocean.
The closest surf break from the surf house is in Praia da Macumba or Pontal, a beatifull beach divided by a set of rocks right in the middle. One side is really popular for long boarders as the waves are fuller and long, breaking differently from most breaks around Rio. This side is also popular amongst beginners as smaller waves break close to the “Pedra do Pontal”. This spot is also called “Farofinha” the sand bar just next to the rock where small waves break.
Sunset surf sessions are amazing here and will leave you with a unforgettable traveling moment in your surf holidays in Brazil.
On the other side of the rocks, the waves are faster and hollow offering good barrels, especially in front of “CCB”. This place also holds big swells, popular among local body boarders.
Best swell conditions from South, Southeast and wind blowing from East, Northeast and North.
Perfect conditions between 0,5m to 2,5m (2 to 10 feet). On bigger days, the best place to be is at the sand bar in front of “Rico Point” (a big quiosk on the beach front). Now if you are looking for an empty space, follow the road and get to “Curvao” where suckier waves break offer good and fun moments.
Behind the next mountain, separated by a steep and bent road following the coast line, is the hidden and “untouched” reserved beaches of Prainha and Grumari. Both of them compose a stunning scenario that can be called the eco sanctuary of Rio surfers. Its holds all types of waves with nice sporty people atmosphere, surrounding this Environmental Protected Area where no buildings are allowed and green predominates.
Further down the road, just few minutes by car and we arrive to the last board of the surf city. Located inside a military area, this wave is a rare jewel and it is considered by some people the best left of Rio de Janeiro coast when conditions come together. You may think that you are in Indonesia. For receiving swells of different directions and for constant waves, the beaches of the west zone are the most wanted training places by surfers in Rio.
Nearest surf spots:
Barra da Tijuca
Recreio dos Bandeirantes