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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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 Meia Praia

Portugal, Algarve

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 37° 6.503' N
Longitude: 8° 39.717' W

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Marina side of town and clearly signposted. Free parking all over the place. It's the big beach in lagos the other side of the marina. 20 min walk from town (over the bridge) 5 second paddle over the marina entrance! (watch the boats). Its a popular beach, so its normally crowded in summertimes.

English (Translate this text in English): Marina side of town and clearly signposted. Free parking all over the place. It's the big beach in lagos the other side of the marina. 20 min walk from town (over the bridge) 5 second paddle over the marina entrance! (watch the boats). Its a popular beach, so its normally crowded in summertimes.

English (Translate this text in English): Marina side of town and clearly signposted. Free parking all over the place. It's the big beach in lagos the other side of the marina. 20 min walk from town (over the bridge) 5 second paddle over the marina entrance! (watch the boats). Its a popular beach, so its normally crowded in summertimes.

English (Translate this text in English): Marina side of town and clearly signposted. Free parking all over the place. It's the big beach in lagos the other side of the marina. 20 min walk from town (over the bridge) 5 second paddle over the marina entrance! (watch the boats). Its a popular beach, so its normally crowded in summertimes.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Lagos

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceBeginners wave

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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- Localism

 Additional Information

Parking no problem. Free parking in several car parks right on the beach and behind beach bar near marina.small place to park on the very right hand side of beach if facing towards the ocean and parking near restaurants on the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Parking no problem. Free parking in several car parks right on the beach and behind beach bar near marina.small place to park on the very right hand side of beach if facing towards the ocean and parking near restaurants on the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Parking no problem. Free parking in several car parks right on the beach and behind beach bar near marina.small place to park on the very right hand side of beach if facing towards the ocean and parking near restaurants on the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Parking no problem. Free parking in several car parks right on the beach and behind beach bar near marina.small place to park on the very right hand side of beach if facing towards the ocean and parking near restaurants on the beach.

Atmosphere

this wave is fun to go to because its a very different wave from the west coast. the beach is about 5k's long so no need to worry about crowds, the very right handside is probably the best place to be but its always crowded and the locals are usually marking their place there. not consistent so a lot of the time it just looks like a family beach! Pictures are proof that it does work. Spent two weeks travelling from Lagos each day in search of surf, but best surf of the whole holiday was the evening I spotted Meia Praia going off from the balcony (in July!!). Classic session!!

English (Translate this text in English): this wave is fun to go to because its a very different wave from the west coast. the beach is about 5k's long so no need to worry about crowds, the very right handside is probably the best place to be but its always crowded and the locals are usually marking their place there. not consistent so a lot of the time it just looks like a family beach! Pictures are proof that it does work. Spent two weeks travelling from Lagos each day in search of surf, but best surf of the whole holiday was the evening I spotted Meia Praia going off from the balcony (in July!!). Classic session!!

English (Translate this text in English): this wave is fun to go to because its a very different wave from the west coast. the beach is about 5k's long so no need to worry about crowds, the very right handside is probably the best place to be but its always crowded and the locals are usually marking their place there. not consistent so a lot of the time it just looks like a family beach! Pictures are proof that it does work. Spent two weeks travelling from Lagos each day in search of surf, but best surf of the whole holiday was the evening I spotted Meia Praia going off from the balcony (in July!!). Classic session!!

English (Translate this text in English): this wave is fun to go to because its a very different wave from the west coast. the beach is about 5k's long so no need to worry about crowds, the very right handside is probably the best place to be but its always crowded and the locals are usually marking their place there. not consistent so a lot of the time it just looks like a family beach! Pictures are proof that it does work. Spent two weeks travelling from Lagos each day in search of surf, but best surf of the whole holiday was the evening I spotted Meia Praia going off from the balcony (in July!!). Classic session!!

General

it doesnt work very often, but Lagos is the perfect base from which to explore the surf in the Algarve. Bonus to return in the evening and find a quality wave on your doorstep! it more or less always has off shore winds though so it creates lovely crisp waves when firing. fast and clean with no hazards at all. (loved it) when it worked!

English (Translate this text in English): it doesnt work very often, but Lagos is the perfect base from which to explore the surf in the Algarve. Bonus to return in the evening and find a quality wave on your doorstep! it more or less always has off shore winds though so it creates lovely crisp waves when firing. fast and clean with no hazards at all. (loved it) when it worked!

English (Translate this text in English): it doesnt work very often, but Lagos is the perfect base from which to explore the surf in the Algarve. Bonus to return in the evening and find a quality wave on your doorstep! it more or less always has off shore winds though so it creates lovely crisp waves when firing. fast and clean with no hazards at all. (loved it) when it worked!

English (Translate this text in English): it doesnt work very often, but Lagos is the perfect base from which to explore the surf in the Algarve. Bonus to return in the evening and find a quality wave on your doorstep! it more or less always has off shore winds though so it creates lovely crisp waves when firing. fast and clean with no hazards at all. (loved it) when it worked!

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Meia Praia
De ceej91
22 oct. 2008
First Green Wave! - Really calm, sunset glassy night. paddled out, took about 30seconds as not very frequent waves. caught first green waves and turned down them straight off...was awesome feeling! some cool pics too at sunset with laura and tess :)
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Voyage : Lagos 08
De ceej91
Du 18 oct. 2008 au 25 oct. 2008
Lagos, Portugal with Extreme Holidays....leant to surf! caught my first green wave and turned down it straight away! was awesome!   ....oh and the people and nightlife werent too bad either :) TEAM JEEP 08!
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By rich karevoll , 02-03-2009

i had fun - we based our selves in Lagos for a bout two weeks while taking trains all over europe. i scored chest to head high waves here two days. it was clean and fun with a mellow scene. but once i met some irish dude with a rental car we cruised the west coast for a few days and got a lot of good surf. bigger, more paddeling, more heat from locals, barrels. good times. id go back for sure

By Anonymous , 25-07-2007

u gringos, shut the f*ck up... - u guys probably has been in Lagos for 2 weeks and ur saying that algarve doesnt have waves?! shut up... u guys dont even know algarve or meia praia so dont say anything, let the locals speak. first of, meia praia rarely has some waves... sometimes its 0.5 meters, or it can be 1.5 meters... it all depends on the day... and if u go to sagres u will find waves as well... so shut the fuck up before saying any sh*t in here...

By Cheakless Wiper , 19-03-2007

Not a good spot, still good - I must agree, this is not a good spot for surfing. Anyway this might be the one place you'll find to impress girl's that want to be impressed. If u realy want to surf, SAgres has the best spots, but this is a "teaching" beach, this is a beach that servers to introduce people to surf. Awsome beach in the Summer, and the best waves in the Winter-Spring. Catch it up! C ya!

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