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Cotavelo ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.3

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Cotavelo break guidePhoto by: Vamberto

Cotavelo Surf Guide

Cotavelo in Rio Grande Do Norte is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the west. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. The crowds in the water make a gath helmet a good idea.

Cotavelo Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cotavelo:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Cotavelo with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 5% of the time in April while 87% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
5%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
87%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
8%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cotavelo Location Map

Interactive Cotavelo 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 Cotavelo is Augusto Severo (Natal) Airport (NAT) in Brazil, which is 12 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Cotavelo is Intl. Pres. Castro Pinto (Joao Pessoa) Airport (JPA), also in Brazil, 168 km (104 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.
Cotavelo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 00:36 Local Time
Sunday 11
0AM3AM6AM9AM
Wave (m) 1.2
ESE
1.2
ESE
1.2
ESE
0.4
NNE
Period (s) 7 7 7 20
Wind (km/h) 15
SE 10
SE 10
SE 15
SE
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Cotavelo

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

Wind History at Cotavelo

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

Cotavelo Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.3
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s11.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s33.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.5
  • ...

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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Hallyson Delgado from Brazil
“Cotovelo é excelente praia para os iniciantes boas ondas uma mar tranquilo além de ser uma praia belíssima.”

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.5
    Reliability: consistent
    8km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: very consistent
    12km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: consistent
    18km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Cotavelo:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.