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Paul do Mar break guidePhoto by: paul

Paul do Mar Surf Guide

Paul do Mar in Madeira is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. A right hand reef break. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for rocks.

Paul do Mar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Paul do Mar:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Paul do Mar with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 42% of the time in February while 29% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 29% 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 Paul do Mar Location Map

Interactive Paul do Mar 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 Paul do Mar is Porto Santo Airport (PXO) in Madeira, which is 90 km (56 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Paul do Mar is La Palma (Santa Cruz De La Palma) Airport (SPC) in Spain, 463 km (288 miles) away.

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Paul do Mar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 3 February 2023, 00:39 Local Time
Friday 03
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 10 12 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Paul do Mar

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

Wind History at Paul do Mar

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

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