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Praia Brava break guide

Praia Brava Surf Guide

Praia Brava in Santa Caterina is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the east northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Praia Brava Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Praia Brava:

The best conditions reported for surf at Praia Brava occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Praia Brava (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Praia Brava with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 39% of the time in May while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 14% 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).

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Interactive Praia Brava 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 Praia Brava is Navegantes Itajai Airport (NVT) in Brazil, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Praia Brava is Joinville Airport (JOI), also in Brazil, 80 km (50 miles) away.

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Praia Brava Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 18 August 2022, 17:03 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Praia Brava

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

Wind History at Praia Brava

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

Praia Brava Reviews:

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Based on 18 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s43.9
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.4
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.9
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Vinicius from Brazil
“Barrels beach”

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