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Surf in Rio

Rio de Janeiro Surf has gone a long way and now Rio is a surfers´ classic. They are a fundamental part of Rio´s beach culture. However the best waves in Rio are in wintertime. That is avoids surfers from dealing with crowds and gives them plenty of room to make the best of the waves without worrying about hitting someone.

 

Also called "surfe" in Portuguese, surf started when air companies employees and tourist brough the first boards. They were called "tábuas havaianas" ("Hawaiian boards"). The first board constructed in Brazil was made by Osmar Gonçalves, son of a wealthy coffee grain exporter, from a Popular Mechanic magazine article. With his friends João Roberto Suplicy Haffers and Júlio Putz he built the first Brazilian board in 1939. It was a 3.60 metres board and it weighed 80 kilos!

Surfing in Rio!

History of Surf in Brazil

By 1952, a group of Carioca surfers led by Paulo Preguiça, Jorge Paulo Lehman and Irencyr Beltrão started surfing the Copacabana waves and the sport started to became popular.

The first fibreglass boards imported from California reached Brazil in 1964. In 1965, the Carioca Surf Federation was founded. The Federeation organised the first Surf Championship in Brazil that same year. However, it took over twenty years for surf to be acknowledged as a sport by the National Sport Council of Braizl, in 1988.

Surfing Associations and lessons

The entity that regulates and organises surf championships is the Associação Brasileira dos Surfistas Profissionais (ABRASP) (the Brazilian Professional Surfers Association). Its major event is the national tournament called SuperSurfe circuit.

For beginners there are surfing lessons in Barra. One of the best schools is Rico´s, one of the pioneering surfers in Brazil.

For seasoned surfers, Prainha in Barra has the best waves. The best surfing on the South Side is on Arpoador.

There is also good surfing from Ipanema to Leblon when the wind blows.



50 tops surf spots in Rio de Janeiro

Surf Spots / levels

Arpoador beach, one of Rio's most famous surf beaches

  • 1 Arpoador /  all
  • 2 Baixio / experienced
  • 3 Barra da Tijuca - Posto 8 / all
  • 4 Barra de Guaratiba / experienced
  • 5 Camboinhas / experienced
  • 6 Canal de Camboinhas / beginners
  • 7 Canto do recreio / all
  • 8 Castelinho / experienced
  • 9 Flamengo / experienced
  • 10 Grumari / experienced
  • 11 Inferno / experienced
  • 12 Ipanema / all
  • 13 Itacoatiara / experienced
  • 14 Itapuca / all
  • 15 Joatinga / experienced
  • 16 Lage Postinho / experienced
  • 17 Laje Cartao Postal / pros
  • 18 Laje de Itaipu / pros
  • 19 Laje do sheraton / pros
  • 20 Laranjeiras / all
  • 21 Leblon / all
  • 22 Leme / all
  • 23 Lopes Mendes / experienced
  • 24 Macumba (Curvão) / all
  • 25 Macumba-secreto / all
  • 26 Mambucaba / all
  • 27 Marambaia / all
  • 28 Martim de Sa / experienced
  • 29 Pier / all
  • 30 Piratininga / all
  • 31 Ponta do Cepílio / all
  • 32 Pontão do leblon /  experienced
  • 33 Posto 10 / experienced
  • 34 Posto 4 / all
  • 35 Posto 5 - Copacabana / experienced
  • 36 Posto 6 / all
  • 37 Praia Brava A. dos Reis / all
  • 38 Praia da Macumba / all
  • 39 Praia do Diabo / all
  • 40 Praia do Meio / all
  • 41 Prainha / all
  • 42 Presídio / all
  • 43 Reserva / experienced
  • 44 Sao Conrado / experienced
  • 45 Shore Bk. expr. Escorpiao / experienced
  • 46 Sossego / all
  • 47 Sugarloaf Pão de Açucar / all
  • 48 Trindade / experienced
  • 49 Tropical (posto 1) / experienced
  • 50 Vala do Mauri / all
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