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Canal ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Canal Surf Guide

Canal in Rio de Janeiro Norte is an exposed river break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east. Waves at the river are both lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Sometimes crowded. Try not to swallow any water - there are pollution concerns here.

Canal Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon river  redRiverIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
25.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Canal:

The best conditions reported for surf at Canal 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 Canal (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Canal with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 52% of the time in June while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 12% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
52%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
36%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
12%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Canal Location Map

Interactive Canal 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 Canal is Santos Dumont (Rio De Janeiro) Airport (SDU) in Brazil, 69 km (43 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Canal is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim (Rio De Janeiro) Airport (GIG), also in Brazil, 79 km (49 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Canal Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 07:31 Local Time
Tuesday 20
6AM9AM12PM3PM
Wave (m) 2.5
SW
2.4
SSW
3.0
SSW
3.0
SW
Period (s) 8 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 35
W 40
W 45
W 45
WSW
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Canal

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

Wind History at Canal

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

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    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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Wave Buoys Nearest To Canal: