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The archipelago of the Azores is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of 9 islands of scattered plantations covering 650km. They consist of 3 groups of islands: the western group including Flores and Corvo, the central group comprising of Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and finally the eastern isles which includes São Miguel and Santa Maria. The islands are located about 1600km from the Portuguese coast, on the same latitude as Lisbon.
A true ecological paradise, the Azores are a haven for nature lovers. A trip to the Azores is a rare experience; this is as far away from mass tourism as you can get.
Surf - General
Spread across 600kms and situated some 1600km from Lisbon, The Azores are the summits of under-water mountains ideally located to receive swells from all directions.
São Miguel is the biggest island and it’s also the best spot for visiting surfers. The island boasts the largest variety of spots and especially a beachbreak located to the north of Ribeira Grande. The south coast has the most accessible and also the most uncrowded breaks. The reefs pick up big swells and the beach breaks work well in the summer making São Miguel a very diverse place that is considered a great surfing destination all year around.
Baixa de Viola: A big wave spot found on the east coast. It’s a reef out the back where the waves are powerful and long. Don’t venture out there unless you are an experienced surfer!
Monte Verde: The only black sand beach with a quality beachbreak that picks up heaps of swell. Lots of peaks break all along the beach, some of them quite powerful. It’s consistent but crowded.
Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara beachbreaks are surprisingly good. The outside reef is actually the edge of an inactive volcanic crater that picks up any swells that hit it.
Rabo de Peixe: Only works at low tide. Vertical take-off and fast sections can transform into a somewhat easy wave to surf depending on the size, swell direction and tide.
Populo: a town beachbreak with multiple options as the swell window is very open. It’s sometimes onshore with SW or W windswells, but it’s always surfable. It’s the most crowded spot on the Azores for beginners as well as pros and a bit of localism.
Agua de Alto: Another south facing beachbreak, good spot to surf if there are too many people at Populo. Not as good as Populo although it’s ideal for beginners. Very consistent.
Fajo de Araujo: A unique wave on this coast and the best on the island. With a big NW swell of at least 4 metres, with a 90 degree swell window, this spot generates a wave of half the size. When it works it’s a long, world-class wave. Rarely works.
Spread over 600kms and situated some 1600km from Lisbon, The Azores are the summits of under-water mountains ideally located to receive swells from all directions. Depending on the season and the trajectory of the jet stream, the low pressure systems roll into the Atlantic hitting the north of the archepelago. The high pressure systems of the Azores are a major meterological factor that stop storms from passing over the islands and pushes them north instead. This means that winter swells often come from the W-NW then N and then finally NE before a new system moves in.
The Azores get the brunt of every low pressure around which generate swells that sometimes bring in huge waves during winter. In summer there are lots of waves and after summertime the lows march in from the north Atlantic bringing a pleasant climate.
Conditions change rapidly and frequently. In winter waves go from 1.5 to 5m on the NE coast. Tropical cyclones from june to September send waves to the south coast more rarely.
The weather in the Azores is changeable. The islands enjoy a mild temperate climate throughout the year and benefit from the Gulf Stream; a current of warm water that heads north east from the Gulf of Mexico. The average air temperature varies between 11 and 26°C depending on the time of year and the surrounding ocean averages between 15 and 25°C. Being so far out in the Atlantic, the islands are prone to rainy days at any time of year, and without these showers of course, you could not enjoy the beautiful flora on the islands.
The winds can be unpredictable are more southwesterly in winter and north northwesterly in summer so you have to choose your spot well. The tidal range is not very big (1.6m). The seabed is made of sharp lava so bring your booties. You’ll need a 3/2mm full suit and a shortie.
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