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Arpoador ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.6
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.2
Crowds: 1.2

Overall: 3.3

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Arpoador break guidePhoto by: Fabiano

Arpoador Surf Guide

Arpoador in Rio de Janeiro is a fairly exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the north northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach break offers mainly left hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A popular wave that can get growded. Take care of locals and pollution.

Arpoador Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
25.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Arpoador:

The best conditions reported for surf at Arpoador occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Arpoador (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Arpoador with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 30% of the time in May while 23% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 47% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Arpoador Location Map

Interactive Arpoador surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Arpoador is Santos Dumont (Rio De Janeiro) Airport (SDU) in Brazil, 9 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Arpoador is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim (Rio De Janeiro) Airport (GIG), also in Brazil, 20 km (12 miles) away.

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Arpoador Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 11:12 Local Time
Tuesday 20
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 35
WSW 35
WSW 30
WSW 25
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Arpoador

Surf stats for Arpoador, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Arpoador

Wind stats for Arpoador, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Arpoador Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.3
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.2
  • Crowds:Icon  s11.2
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Louis from Brazil
“Wave consistency is poor, on a good day it can be very fun only if the crowds don’t show up, which is never.

The locals are not friendly, only if you are paying for a lesson will they open up to you. God forbid, you accidentally get in their way or heaven forbid attempt to surf “their” wave.

Travel to Barra or Recreio...seems much friendlier.”

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