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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Praia Formosa

Azores, Eastern group

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 Access

Go there by car. It's a popular white sand beach in Santa Maria island.

English (Translate this text in English): Go there by car. It's a popular white sand beach in Santa Maria island.

English (Translate this text in English): Go there by car. It's a popular white sand beach in Santa Maria island.

English (Translate this text in English): Go there by car. It's a popular white sand beach in Santa Maria island.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

You'll see the lines appear depending on the tides.

English (Translate this text in English): You'll see the lines appear depending on the tides.

English (Translate this text in English): You'll see the lines appear depending on the tides.

English (Translate this text in English): You'll see the lines appear depending on the tides.

Atmosphere

There's nothing better, good waves both rights and lefts, without any crowds, even on land.

English (Translate this text in English): There's nothing better, good waves both rights and lefts, without any crowds, even on land.

English (Translate this text in English): There's nothing better, good waves both rights and lefts, without any crowds, even on land.

English (Translate this text in English): There's nothing better, good waves both rights and lefts, without any crowds, even on land.

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By Telmo Fonseca , 15-03-2010

Big and heavy, yet... fun!!!! - I've been to Santa Maria a couple of times now, and this time i got the famous waves everybody talked about. They tend to "close" a bit, but they are really fun. The water is so clean that you can see marine life underwater while surfing great rigths!!! It is not a long ride, but the drop is amazing. The rocky botton always keeps you in your toes, but it pays up!

By Anonymous , 02-01-2007

local rookie comment - I only whent there once, in December if I'm not mistaken, and the waves were a bit scary (for me). Great loooong right - a bit too much water mass for what I can deal with so I had to wait for the lil ones to come but it was really fun plus the water was still at 19ºC. I dunno about the locals (I sord of am one), I didn't see a soul except for some tourist couples who came to a nice lil bar over the beach. So yeah it's a bit dead in the winter. ;)

By Hans Torehg , 10-07-2006

Praia Formosa - I've been there! Beautiful place to be!I was there for 3 weeks in August, lucky mee on the last week some rips came on shore! Fantastic right very well shaped nice size... about 1,5| 2 meters. Locals are friendly people, repect them and you´ll have a good time.

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