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Zavial ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Zavial Surf Guide

Zavial in Algarve is a fairly exposed beach break that only works once in a while. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide. Rarely crowded here. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Zavial Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon point  redPointIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
16.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Zavial:

The best conditions reported for surf at Zavial occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Zavial with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in March while 2% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 97% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
1%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
2%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
97%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Zavial Location Map

Interactive Zavial 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 Zavial is Faro Airport (FAO) in Acores, which is 81 km (50 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Zavial is Lisboa (Lisbon) Airport (LIS) in Portugal, 194 km (120 miles) away.

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Zavial Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 18:26 Local Time
Tuesday 18Wed
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 30
NNW 30
NNW 30
NNW 30
N
Wind State off cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Zavial

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

Wind History at Zavial

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

Zavial Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.3
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Shorty from Netherlands
“Cool spot, sh*t locals.
After paddling out and wanting to say hello to the guys in the water. First answer: "f*ck off, locals only".
Same of the spot”

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