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Mindelo Surf Guide

Mindelo in Douro and Minho is an exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Sometimes crowded.

Mindelo Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s44.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mindelo:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mindelo occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mindelo 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 46% of the time in December while 50% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 4% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
46%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
50%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
4%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Mindelo Location Map

Interactive Mindelo 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 Mindelo is Porto Airport (OPO) in Acores, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mindelo is Vila Real Airport (VRL), also in Acores, 85 km (53 miles) away.

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Mindelo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 January 2023, 05:26 Local Time
Friday 27
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m)
0.9
NNW
0.9
NW
0.5
W
0.9
NW
Period (s) 8 8 11 7
Wind (km/h)
15
20
15
25
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Mindelo

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

Wind History at Mindelo

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Mindelo. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    10km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Mindelo: