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Faial ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Faial Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NNW | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 19.0 °C

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Sunday, 20 January 2019, 01:08 Local time
Sunday 20
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 8 8 13 12
Wind (km/h) 20
WNW 25
NNW 25
NNW 20
Wind State cross-

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Faial in Madeira is a fairly exposed reef break that has unreliable waves. Autumn and winter are the favoured times of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the north northwest. There is a left hand reef break. Best around mid tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Azores Portugal wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Santana, 3 km from Faial.

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Faial Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Funchal/Madeira Airport, 13 km from Faial.

light winds from the WSW.(Wind varies from 230 to 300 degs)

Dry and partly cloudy
Air temperature
16 °C

Current weather near Faial

Buoy Data:

At Bóia de Caniçal, 9 miles from Faial.

  9PM 10PM 11PM 12AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.26
Dominant period (s) 15.6 14.1 13.3 14.8

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Overall Faial Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The nearest passenger airport to Faial is Porto Santo Airport (PXO) in Madeira, which is 56 km (35 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Faial is La Palma (Santa Cruz De La Palma) Airport (SPC) in Spain, 471 km (293 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Faial, Madeira. Use the tab navigation above to view Faial sea temperature, Faial photographs, Faial detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Faial webcams, current wind from Madeira live weather stations and Faial tide predictions. The Portugal swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Portugal and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Portugal wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Faial.