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Praia da Barra break guide

Praia da Barra Surf Guide

Praia da Barra in North Portugal is an exposed beach break. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Praia da Barra Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
20.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Praia da Barra:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Praia da Barra with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 44% of the time in December while 54% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
44%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
54%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
2%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Praia da Barra Location Map

Interactive Praia da Barra 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 da Barra is Porto Airport (OPO) in Acores, which is 68 km (42 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Praia da Barra is Vila Real Airport (VRL), also in Acores, 112 km (70 miles) away.

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Praia da Barra Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 26 September 2022, 10:56 Local Time
Monday 26
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m)
1.7
NNW
1.6
NNW
0.7
W
2.1
NNW
Period (s) 8 8 24 7
Wind (km/h)
5
20
30
35
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross

Swell History at Praia da Barra

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

Wind History at Praia da Barra

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

Praia da Barra Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Ratings
Based on 9 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.8
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.9
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s54.7
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.4
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Diogo dos Santos from Portugal
“Praia da Barra is awesome to start to learning.
In a good day is also nice for the more experienced surfers.”

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