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Backdoor ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.9

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Backdoor Surf Guide

Backdoor in Ericeira is an exposed reef break that is often working. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. A left hand reef break. Best around mid tide. Sometimes crowded. Take care of urchins,rocks,.

Backdoor Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
19.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Backdoor:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Backdoor with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 41% of the time in December while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
41%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
53%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
6%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Backdoor Location Map

Interactive Backdoor 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 Backdoor is Lisboa (Lisbon) Airport (LIS) in Portugal, which is 30 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Backdoor is Talavera La Real (Badajoz) Airport (BJZ) in Spain, 226 km (140 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Backdoor Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 23 September 2021, 02:52 Local Time
Thursday 23
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m)
1.7
NNW
1.7
NNW
1.3
NNW
0.9
NW
Period (s) 9 9 8 10
Wind (km/h)
20
15
20
15
Wind State off cross-
off
cross-
off
off

Swell History at Backdoor

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

Wind History at Backdoor

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

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away

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