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Ponta Delgada Surf Guide

Ponta Delgada in Madeira is an exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the south. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the north northwest. A left hand reef. Best around mid tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for rocks.

Ponta Delgada Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ponta Delgada:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ponta Delgada 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 Ponta Delgada Location Map

Interactive Ponta Delgada 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 Ponta Delgada is Porto Santo Airport (PXO) in Madeira, which is 65 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Ponta Delgada is La Palma (Santa Cruz De La Palma) Airport (SPC) in Spain, 473 km (294 miles) away.

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Ponta Delgada Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 03:52 Local Time
Wednesday 25
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m)
1.4
NE
1.5
NE
1.6
NE
1.6
NE
Period (s) 6 6 6 6
Wind (km/h)
15
15
15
15
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Ponta Delgada

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

Wind History at Ponta Delgada

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

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