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Porto da Cruz break guidePhoto by: Madeira SUP School

Porto da Cruz Surf Guide

Porto da Cruz in Madeira is a fairly exposed reef break that has quite consistent surf. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the north. A left hand reef. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Rarely crowded here. Take care to avoid the rocks.

Porto da Cruz Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
23.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Porto da Cruz:

The best conditions reported for surf at Porto da Cruz 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 Porto da Cruz (for consistent clean waves)?

octoberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Porto da Cruz with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 20% of the time in October while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 35% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
20%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
45%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
35%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Porto da Cruz Location Map

Interactive Porto da Cruz 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 Porto da Cruz is Porto Santo Airport (PXO) in Madeira, which is 56 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Porto da Cruz is La Palma (Santa Cruz De La Palma) Airport (SPC) in Spain, 469 km (291 miles) away.

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Porto da Cruz Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 6 October 2022, 04:41 Local Time
Thursday 06
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m)
0.8
NNE
0.9
NNE
0.9
NNE
0.9
NNE
Period (s) 5 5 5 5
Wind (km/h)
20
20
15
20
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Porto da Cruz

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

Wind History at Porto da Cruz

Wind stats for Porto da Cruz, 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 Porto da Cruz. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    9km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    16km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    Reliability: inconsistent
    19km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    22km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Porto da Cruz: