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Pontal (Baia Formosa) break guidePhoto by: André Marques

Pontal (Baia Formosa) Surf Guide

Pontal in Rio Grande Do Norte is an exposed reef and point break that is usually a safe bet Offshore winds are from the south southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the north. A reef breaks right Best around high tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Hazards include rocks,crowds.

Pontal (Baia Formosa) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
28.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pontal (Baia Formosa):

The best conditions reported for surf at Pontal (Baia Formosa) occur when a North swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Pontal (Baia Formosa) 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 6% of the time in April while 57% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% 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 Pontal (Baia Formosa) Location Map

Interactive Pontal (Baia Formosa) 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 Pontal is Augusto Severo (Natal) Airport (NAT) in Brazil, which is 58 km (36 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Pontal is Intl. Pres. Castro Pinto (Joao Pessoa) Airport (JPA), also in Brazil, 141 km (88 miles) away.

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Pontal (Baia Formosa) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 4 February 2023, 12:16 Local Time
Saturday 04
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 7
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Pontal (Baia Formosa)

Surf stats for Pontal (Baia Formosa), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Pontal (Baia Formosa)

Wind stats for Pontal (Baia Formosa), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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