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Viana do Castelo break guide

Viana do Castelo Surf Guide

Viana do Castelo in North Portugal is an exposed river break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The river break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Viana do Castelo Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Viana do Castelo:

The best conditions reported for surf at Viana do Castelo occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Viana do Castelo (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Viana do Castelo with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 48% of the time in March while 49% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% 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).

Explore Viana do Castelo Location Map

Interactive Viana do Castelo 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 Viana do Castelo is Porto Airport (OPO) in Acores, 51 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Viana do Castelo is Vigo Airport (VGO) in Spain, 63 km (39 miles) away.

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Viana do Castelo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 28 May 2023, 23:23 Local Time
SunMonday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Viana do Castelo

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

Wind History at Viana do Castelo

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Viana do Castelo:

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