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The Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.4

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The Reef break guide

The Reef Surf Guide

The Reef in Ericeira is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. There is a right hand reef break. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. A popular wave that can get growded. Take care of urchins, rocks,crowds.

The Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Reef:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Reef 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 41% of the time in December while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
41%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
53%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
6%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Reef Location Map

Interactive The Reef 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 The Reef is Lisboa (Lisbon) Airport (LIS) in Portugal, which is 30 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to The Reef is Talavera La Real (Badajoz) Airport (BJZ) in Spain, 225 km (140 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
The Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 20:01 Local Time
ThuFriday 26
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 3.0
WNW
3.0
WNW
3.0
WNW
2.2
NW
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 25
NNE 20
NNE 15
NNE 10
NNE
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at The Reef

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

Wind History at The Reef

Wind stats for The Reef, 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 The Reef. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To The Reef: