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Barra Velha Surf Guide

Barra Velha in Santa Caterina is an exposed beach and point break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the east. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and there is a left hand point break too. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water.

Barra Velha Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
22.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Barra Velha:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Barra Velha 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 37% of the time in May while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 18% 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).

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Interactive Barra Velha 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 Barra Velha is Navegantes Itajai Airport (NVT) in Brazil, 24 km (15 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Barra Velha is Joinville Airport (JOI), also in Brazil, 50 km (31 miles) away.

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Barra Velha Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 09:14 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 14 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Barra Velha

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

Wind History at Barra Velha

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

Barra Velha Reviews:

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