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Barra da Tijuca

Barra da Tijuca

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Surf, Bodyboard

Barra da Tijuca is one of the most popular spots in Rio de Janeiro. Located in the west of this great city, just half an hour away from the famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, it is a lively and safe place with a very good atmosphere and plenty of places to eat and drink. Barra is one of the most consistent surf spots in Rio and has a multitude of peaks along the extremely long beach. From Galeão International Airport you should go along the Linha Amarela toll road which crosses Rio de Janeiro and then the Avenida Ayrton Senna until you reach the Avenida Lúcio Costa which runs along the ten miles of the Barra Beach. It’s a good idea to rent a car but watch out for the traffic in Rio.

On weekdays there aren’t too many people and it is easy to park. The peaks in front of the Barramares apartments have been chosen by the ASP for the past four years to celebrate the Billabong Rio Pro. These peaks are busy, especially at weekends. Rio de Janeiro, more specifically Barra, is a great place if you are learning. If you have a high level you’ll see that the best peaks at the most popular Rio de Janeiro spots are like training grounds for many high level surfers so this makes the competitiveness at the peaks quite high. For this reason if you continue towards the southwest of Barra da Tijuca, passing Recreio and El Puntal, you’ll come across Macumba, a beach popular with longboarders, retro-boarders and those who look for a more relaxing place, both in and out of the water, and where happy riding is the most important factor. Continuing further along the coast, you’ll find Prainha and Grumari, one of Rio’s hot spots and a beach which is a haven for the locals.



The wave season is from April till October, as it’s during these months when the best swell direction, SSW to SSE, is predominant. Between November and February the situation is different as the waves are rarely more than a metre high and the banks are not often well placed. Barra da Tijuca is a very consistent beachbreak which works with any tide. The spot is suitable for all levels and we can separate it into two zones, the northeast and the southwest towards Canto do Recreio. The zone to the east of Barra gives the best conditions with a metre and a half, with this size and a light NE wind you can find tight righthand barrels and more surfable left peaks. If it's bigger the waves tend to close out. You’ll need to be fast in this zone and be able to adapt to sudden barrels and vertical sections.

In the southwest zone you’ll find the Recreio peaks where with SE swell and SW breezes you could find perfect A-frames. There is a good peak next to Pontal Island, a longer right and a left which is very easy to enter due to the current which borders the rock. This peak sometimes holds up to three metre waves well and with normal conditions at the weekends it’s the choice for many children and schools.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
  • Wind
  • Tide
  • Swell
    NE - S
  • Bottom
  • Size
    1 to 6 ft
  • Time of year
    From April to September
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