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San Miguel - Populo break guidePhoto by: Anne-Marie Ballegeer

San Miguel - Populo Surf Guide

Populo in Azores(Ilha de S. Miguel) is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the north. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks favour rights. When it's working here, it can get crowded.

San Miguel - Populo Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing San Miguel - Populo:

The best conditions reported for surf at San Miguel - Populo occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf San Miguel - Populo (for consistent clean waves)?

septemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing San Miguel - Populo with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 10% of the time in September while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 77% 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 San Miguel - Populo Location Map

Interactive San Miguel - Populo 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 San Miguel - Populo is Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) in Acores, which is 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to San Miguel - Populo is Santa Maria Airport (SMA), also in Acores, 95 km (59 miles) away.

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San Miguel - Populo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 20 May 2022, 13:40 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross-
cross cross-

Swell History at San Miguel - Populo

Surf stats for San Miguel - Populo, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at San Miguel - Populo

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

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