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Barra da Tijuca break guidePhoto by: gabrielfqueiroz

Barra da Tijuca Surf Guide

Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro is an exposed beach break that has very consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Pollution may be a hazard at this break.

Barra da Tijuca Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
21.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Barra da Tijuca:

The best conditions reported for surf at Barra da Tijuca occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Barra da Tijuca with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 51% of the time in March while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% 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 Barra da Tijuca Location Map

Interactive Barra da Tijuca 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 da Tijuca is Santos Dumont (Rio De Janeiro) Airport (SDU) in Brazil, 20 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Barra da Tijuca is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim (Rio De Janeiro) Airport (GIG), also in Brazil, 24 km (15 miles) away.

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Barra da Tijuca Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 4 July 2022, 08:14 Local Time
Monday 04
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off glass cross-

Swell History at Barra da Tijuca

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

Wind History at Barra da Tijuca

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

Barra da Tijuca Reviews:

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Based on 10 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Federico from Argentina
“I spent 7 awsome days in Barra and what a beautiful place to surf. I went in January, and whilst I am not the best surfer, the conditions are suitable for everyone: small waves for beginners and big ones for dudes who can ride pipes. You can stay in the water until 8.30pm with no wetsuit and see the sun go down. The locals are OK; I'm from Argentina and did not got any trouble. Very beautifull place to surf. Go and check it out.”

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