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Tonel ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.3
Consistency of Surf: 4.3
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 4.3

Overall: 4.4

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Tonel break guide

Tonel Surf Guide

Tonel in South Portugal is a reasonably exposed beach and point break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest.Surfers ride left hand point. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of the strong rips here.

Tonel Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and pointIcon  s44.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tonel:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tonel 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 Tonel (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tonel 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 42% of the time in December while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 7% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
42%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
51%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
7%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tonel Location Map

Interactive Tonel 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 Tonel is Faro Airport (FAO) in Acores, which is 87 km (54 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Tonel is Lisboa (Lisbon) Airport (LIS) in Portugal, 198 km (123 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.
Tonel Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 5 March 2021, 08:16 Local Time
Friday 05
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 2.0
WNW
2.2
WNW
2.1
WNW
1.9
WNW
Period (s) 11 11 11 12
Wind (km/h) 20
SSE 15
ESE 30
E 30
E
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
off off

Swell History at Tonel

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

Wind History at Tonel

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

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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon beachBeach and point
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Tonel:

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