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Arrifana break guidePhoto by: Nebil

Arrifana Surf Guide

Arrifana in South Portugal is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the northeast with some shelter here from north winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and there is also a right hand reef break.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Watch out for rocks.

Arrifana Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
17.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Arrifana:

The best conditions reported for surf at Arrifana occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Arrifana with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 44% of the time in January while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 16% 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 Arrifana Location Map

Interactive Arrifana 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 nearest passenger airport to Arrifana is Faro Airport (FAO) in Acores, which is 86 km (53 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Arrifana is Lisboa (Lisbon) Airport (LIS) in Portugal, 167 km (104 miles) away.

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Arrifana Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 00:09 Local Time
MonTuesday 24
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 6 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Arrifana

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

Wind History at Arrifana

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

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