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Latitude: 39° 36.635' N
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Once in Nazaré, head to Sítio da Nazaré and then to praia do norte (north beach - everybody knows it).
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityTotally Epic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
This is a very powerful wave and please don't surf it alone when it´s more than 2 meters. In the big days it gets huge and still, perfect. I've seen it breaking 5 meters (15 feet) perfect - but no one is in the water in that days. I advise morning sessions (offshore generally), with the sun behind you. Park your car in front of the beach and keep an eye on your stuff (Thieves).
Once you get in the water (big days) your heart will be pumping out, but after you get the first wave the excitement will take over you. The lip is large so if you're a surfer don't take it easy or your board will look like a glass when a hammer fells in to it. There are few crowd here but when it's very good it gets about 10-20 people. The big swell offers an atmosphere of pure peace and respect for nature!
You will never forget it ! The power of the wave was demonstrated in the 2002 winter when the europeen championship was there. The waves were big that day (3-4 meters) and the bodyboarders got insane with the action. Capdeville busted about 5 barrels that took the public to heaven. World class spot, that's for sure!
By André Figueiredo , 20-11-2007
respect!! - in this sunday i catched a heavy and perfect waves in my mind 6ft glass 4 people in the water what a lefts!!! praia do north sensacional spot!!
By Miguel , 28-03-2007
Altas ondas! Nunca falham! - Eu já surfei a Praia do Norte com 7 metros e achei um espctáculo. Fui lá com os meus amigos, todas as semanas lá vou para fazer umas filmagens. Aquelas ondas são lindas como a Ana Margarida. I love Praia do Norte!!!!!!
By CHUFLAX , 14-03-2007
¡Good lives in Nazaré! - I know this is the most powerfull wave in Portugal.When Supertubes is working at 1 m there are possibly 2 m wave in Praia Norte. The "big Zahora power" wave in Portugal.Something like Puerto Escondido but more perfect...
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