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Latitude: 37° 17.666' N
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From Aljezur go to Arrifana beach.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
There are in fact two spots here. The beach break with some fun and hollow peaks. And the pointbreak (described by this page) is a big, long right for very experienced surfers that can get excellent.
The point break looks inviting from the cliff-top, but when you are 100m up, the waves look OK... when you get down there and paddle out in the channel, they can be 15+ft. The take-off is critical as it usually (depending on swell size) right in front of a big gnarly rock. You don't want to get it wrong. The wave then powers down the line over other underwater obstacles until looses power in the channel befor reforming as the beach break. On a big day this is a very challenging wave. Awesome.
Very Relaxed. A very beautiful place with incredible waves.
By jam , 16-08-2007
arrifana - i just came back from arrifana and despite it being august there were some nice waves. about 5 ft with some north west winds. i was expecting it to be the onshore slop that we get back here in cornwall most of the time but the huge cliffs sheltered the spot amazingly, it was either smaller and clean on the right side of the beach or bigger and maybe not as nicly shaped as the other side but stil fairly good. there was even back spray on a lot of the waves.
as for the point on the right there were some sets coming through but the guy at the local surf shop in aljezur was say it needs to be at least 6ft with a solid westerly swell. i suppose if i could have been bothered i could of got some waves at the reef but the beach break was good enough and there was the odd chance of getting covoured up. i would say its a lot heavier than most of the southwest beach breaks. it does close out a lot but real steep and if u have a little patience then u can have a longer ride. some of the local boogers were foookin amazing, pulling backflips out of everything
and i would say its more of a boogers wave. the locals do tend to drop in on non locals but there is a fairly friendly atmousphere but i like it a lot and the cliffs around is a nice thing to look at when waiting for the sets.
nice little village, nice break worth the trip and completly empty spots around if u go for an adventure through some of the dirt tracks
By local , 03-04-2007
Arrifana Rules - If you want to surf the best swells of arrifana you need to go there in the earlier spring.In that time of the year you can get the most radical waves you can dream the only problem its the crowd at weekends, besides that you will get the waves of your dreams,
By tamsk1 , 24-10-2006
check out around the corner - Arrafana gets well crowded, it is surf school hell when the wind is up as it's the only place with any shelter. There is a better beach break just around the corner. It get the same swell and works 2 hours before high. Highly recommeded if arrafana packed. drive out of Arrafana and 1km out, you go down a small dip, there is a dust road right. Follow the road past a clump of trees and toward the obolisk, as you come to the top of the hill take the left away from the obolisk. At the next fork keep left and at the next take a right. Then drive down to the car park and its a short walk. good luck.
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