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
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, spots like Ipanema beach break offer some waves but not much consistency. It’s probably more interesting watching the beach and its beautiful sunset behind the mountains and ocean.
The closest surf break from the surf house is Praia da Macumba or Pontal, a beautiful 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 among 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 less challenging waves break yet offering good and fun moments.
Behind the next mountain, you'll find the hidden and “untouched” reserved beaches of Prainha and Grumari, no buildings are allowed and green flourishes all around. It holds all types of waves with nice sporty atmosphere populated by surfers.
Just few minutes down the road we arrive to the last stop of the surf city and to what is considered by some people the best left of Rio de Janeiro coast when conditions come together. It will make you think that you are in Indonesia! For receiving swells of different directions and its consistency, the beaches of the west zone are the most wanted by surfers in Rio.
Barra da Tijuca
Recreio dos Bandeirantes
Barra de Guaratiba