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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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 Zavial

Portugal, Algarve

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Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 37° 2.739' N
Longitude: 8° 52.359' W

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 Access

From Vila de Bispo, take the road to Lagos and after 1-2km turn south to the beach. Easy to find sand cove, the wave breaks off the right-hand end (west)

English (Translate this text in English): From Vila de Bispo, take the road to Lagos and after 1-2km turn south to the beach. Easy to find sand cove, the wave breaks off the right-hand end (west)

English (Translate this text in English): From Vila de Bispo, take the road to Lagos and after 1-2km turn south to the beach. Easy to find sand cove, the wave breaks off the right-hand end (west)

English (Translate this text in English): From Vila de Bispo, take the road to Lagos and after 1-2km turn south to the beach. Easy to find sand cove, the wave breaks off the right-hand end (west)

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Z-Point

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Localism

 Additional Information

Parking is available right at the beach entrance, in summer don't leave valuables in your car, and watch the crowd....

Due to its relatively protected position, needs a sizeable swell (or well orientated) before it goes off.

Again, in summer, strong thermal winds often blow offshore in the evening, so check conditions throughout the day. Depending on the sand bar, it can be very fickle - working for only an hour or so, on an incoming tide. The wave can be quite 'sectiony', closing out often.

At low tide a wave breaks alongside the cliffs on the extreme western end of the beach behind the point. Respect the locals, sometimes theres some stress in the line up with tourists (usually called "bifos") that drop in.

English (Translate this text in English): Parking is available right at the beach entrance, in summer don't leave valuables in your car, and watch the crowd....

Due to its relatively protected position, needs a sizeable swell (or well orientated) before it goes off.

Again, in summer, strong thermal winds often blow offshore in the evening, so check conditions throughout the day. Depending on the sand bar, it can be very fickle - working for only an hour or so, on an incoming tide. The wave can be quite 'sectiony', closing out often.<br /><br />At low tide a wave breaks alongside the cliffs on the extreme western end of the beach behind the point. Respect the locals, sometimes theres some stress in the line up with tourists (usually called "bifos") that drop in.

English (Translate this text in English): Parking is available right at the beach entrance, in summer don't leave valuables in your car, and watch the crowd....

Due to its relatively protected position, needs a sizeable swell (or well orientated) before it goes off.

Again, in summer, strong thermal winds often blow offshore in the evening, so check conditions throughout the day. Depending on the sand bar, it can be very fickle - working for only an hour or so, on an incoming tide. The wave can be quite 'sectiony', closing out often.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;At low tide a wave breaks alongside the cliffs on the extreme western end of the beach behind the point. Respect the locals, sometimes theres some stress in the line up with tourists (usually called &quot;bifos&quot;) that drop in.

English (Translate this text in English): Parking is available right at the beach entrance, in summer don't leave valuables in your car, and watch the crowd....

Due to its relatively protected position, needs a sizeable swell (or well orientated) before it goes off.

Again, in summer, strong thermal winds often blow offshore in the evening, so check conditions throughout the day. Depending on the sand bar, it can be very fickle - working for only an hour or so, on an incoming tide. The wave can be quite 'sectiony', closing out often.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;At low tide a wave breaks alongside the cliffs on the extreme western end of the beach behind the point. Respect the locals, sometimes theres some stress in the line up with tourists (usually called &amp;quot;bifos&amp;quot;) that drop in.

Atmosphere

A tourists beach which, given the right conditions, throws up a great right-hand wave. A steep take-off which holds some size - the locals (most of them bodyboarders) have it wired so be prepared for not getting a lot of waves. and beware of the fake sand bottom, the rocks are exposed depending on the time of the year. watch out for undertow when its big.

English (Translate this text in English): A tourists beach which, given the right conditions, throws up a great right-hand wave. A steep take-off which holds some size - the locals (most of them bodyboarders) have it wired so be prepared for not getting a lot of waves. and beware of the fake sand bottom, the rocks are exposed depending on the time of the year. watch out for undertow when its big.

English (Translate this text in English): A tourists beach which, given the right conditions, throws up a great right-hand wave. A steep take-off which holds some size - the locals (most of them bodyboarders) have it wired so be prepared for not getting a lot of waves. and beware of the fake sand bottom, the rocks are exposed depending on the time of the year. watch out for undertow when its big.

English (Translate this text in English): A tourists beach which, given the right conditions, throws up a great right-hand wave. A steep take-off which holds some size - the locals (most of them bodyboarders) have it wired so be prepared for not getting a lot of waves. and beware of the fake sand bottom, the rocks are exposed depending on the time of the year. watch out for undertow when its big.

General

A real fun wave, worth the detour if you're in the area, with warmer water than the breaks on the Atlantic facing coastline

English (Translate this text in English): A real fun wave, worth the detour if you're in the area, with warmer water than the breaks on the Atlantic facing coastline

English (Translate this text in English): A real fun wave, worth the detour if you're in the area, with warmer water than the breaks on the Atlantic facing coastline

English (Translate this text in English): A real fun wave, worth the detour if you're in the area, with warmer water than the breaks on the Atlantic facing coastline

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Trip: Portugal Xmas 09
By Arne
From Dec 29, 2009 to Jan 5, 2010
My first trip together with Andre to the Algarve. Lots of wind, rain and swell, but also some nice days with clean waves and some sunshine. Temperatures were mild, (about 18° inside and outside the water.
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By Anonymous , 03-05-2010

Look out for thieves - Sorry to spam here like this, but my car and few others got broken in on this beach while surfing, and I AM PRETTY badly pissed off!
As nice place as Sagres and its surroundings are, you should start paying more attention to guys who want to spoil everyone's good mood and the relaxed atmosphere.

If you see, or someone tries to sell you MY Ipod (there's an engraving on the backside), MY Sony camera, MY beautiful Hurley army green jacket or anything else that is stolen, please put a stop that ill will.

Otherwise, enjoy the place! It's been quite spacious during the spring, with the right conditions it suits surfers of all levels, a nice beach break.

By Anonymous , 23-04-2007

5 stars, sometimes... - In Summer time, when the wave is breaking, the crowds are impossible. Remember, it´s a surf schools beach. In Winter time, specially on week days, you can have some fun. With a big swell hitting the West coast and the wind blowing from the North, Z-point becomes a world class wave, in which case you should stay on the beach or cliffs and leave it to the pros and experienced locals.

By squillo , 28-09-2006

the most beauthifull beach for surfing - this is the perfect beach it`s magical the color of the water can be so blue or so green it seems like fotos of maldives or indonesia and the wave comes along the brown cleef or another color it depends at the sun intensity the waves are powerfull it`s more or less like super-tubos in peniche but for right perfect ambient after an epic ride nothing better a good dinner at the local restaurante with a good butle of portuguese red wine and then a goood smoke...

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