With over 7000 km of coast line Brazil is one of the world's great surfing nations. You'll find surfing and boarding to suit every taste and ability level from the deep water breaks of Arpoador and Leme in Rio de Janeiro to big wave surfing in the South. Brazilian surf has it all !
Brazil's surfing mecca is Rio de Janeiro. It is concentrated around the Arpoador peninsula between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The holidayinbrazil.com apartment is located in the middle of Arpoador. Rio's beaches are all flagged, have life guards (Guarda Vida) and a helicopter rescue team. There is also a dedicated surf bus giving rapid transport to all the best surf spots.
This is Rio's premier surfing beach at the tip of the peninsula across from the Garota da Ipanema park. The high / low tide is not particularly noticable and the waves break to the right off the rocks. To the left of the park on Rua Fransico Octaviano you'll find the uber cool Galeria River where you can buy or hire boards and flippers. There's never any need for a wet suit. Don't worry about going home when the sun sets: Arpoador is floodlit !
When everywhere else is flat, you'll always find breaks on Diablo (Devil's) Beach. Located on the opposite side of the rocks to Arpoador beach the waves break left off the rocks. An interesting feature of Diablo is the large rock on the left hand side of the beach. This produces an awesome cross break as two waves zip together.
Leme Beach is the strip of sand on Copacabana beach front which starts at the same block as the IberoStar hotel and runs to the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The waves break over head or to the left.
In front of Rocinha and São Conrado is Pepino beach. It's not normally frequented by foreigners, but as Rocinha has opened up there's now no excuse for not trying the great breaks you'll find here. The people from Rocinha tend to be a lot cooler and more friendly than from the up market districts of Rio. This is the most sport orientated beach in Rio and is full of surfers, hang gliders and power kiters . Pepino even has it's own windsock ! Look out for the hang gliders landing !
|Recreio Surfers Point
At the end of Recreio beach is surfers point. It's a fantastic spot with breaks to suit all types of experience. To get here you'll need to take the surf bus or the S20 Recreio service that goes along all of Rio's southern beaches. It's definitely a whole day trip and we would recommend making it a weekend as on the other side of Recreio Surfers Point is Macumba !
On the opposite side of the granite at Recreio is Macumba beach. The waves here are big and gnarly and you'll meet a lot of Rio's top surfers honing their skills. It's a big beach and a long way from the center of Rio so there's loads of space for everyone. There is only 1 beach front bar here so it's easy to hang out and chat with the locals.
Florianópolis Mole Beach
The city of Florianópolis (the state capital of Santa Caterina) in the south of Brazil is also a popular surf spot and boasts the largest waves in Brazil when there is a storm surge from the Southern Ocean. However it's a long way south, 4 hours flight from Rio or a 24 hour bus ride ! It's also out of the tropics so there is a definite climatic changing of the seasons. You'll need a wet suit for the May to October big wave season.
Amazonian River Bores
Should you ever find yourself tiring of the rush of Rio's surf scene you can head north to the Amazon state of Amapa to try out some river bore waves. Amapa is remote, so getting there is the big challenge !
NowSurf.com the surfers link directory
Surfing: A Surfers Directory. The Largest Web Guide To Online Surf Sites. Drop in to over 2,500 links to surfer related web pages.
surf.start.be - Belgian Surfing Site