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Contreira ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Contreira Surf Guide

Contreira in Madeira is an exposed reef break that has unreliable waves. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the south. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the north northwest. No beach break here and there is also a left hand reef break.. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Contreira Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
19.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Contreira:

The best conditions reported for surf at Contreira occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Contreira 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 31% of the time in December while 60% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
31%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
60%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
9%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Contreira Location Map

Interactive Contreira 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 Contreira is Porto Santo Airport (PXO) in Madeira, which is 78 km (48 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Contreira is La Palma (Santa Cruz De La Palma) Airport (SPC) in Spain, 472 km (293 miles) away.

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Contreira Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 14:04 Local Time
Wednesday 14Thu
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 1.8
W
1.7
W
1.7
W
1.6
W
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 15
NW 15
NNW 15
NW
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Contreira

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

Wind History at Contreira

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

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