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Praia Formosa Surf Guide

Praia Formosa in Madeira is an exposed beach break that only works once in a while. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the northeast with some shelter here from southeast winds. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Rocks are a hazard.

Praia Formosa Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
23.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Praia Formosa:

The best conditions reported for surf at Praia Formosa occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Praia Formosa with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 46% of the time in June while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 38% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
46%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
16%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
38%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Praia Formosa Location Map

Interactive Praia 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 nearest passenger airport to Praia Formosa is Porto Santo Airport (PXO) in Madeira, which is 74 km (46 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Praia Formosa is La Palma (Santa Cruz De La Palma) Airport (SPC) in Spain, 453 km (281 miles) away.

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Praia Formosa Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 23:35 Local Time
WedThursday 18
10PM1AM4AM7AM
Wave (m)
0.2
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0.2
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0.2
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0.2
S
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
20
20
20
15
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Praia Formosa

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

Wind History at Praia Formosa

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

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