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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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 Canal das Barcas

Portugal, South

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 Access

Go to Vila Nova de Milfontes and ask. Tip: Camping site road.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Vila Nova de Milfontes and ask. Tip: Camping site road.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Vila Nova de Milfontes and ask. Tip: Camping site road.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Vila Nova de Milfontes and ask. Tip: Camping site road.

DistanceTake a car

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Porto das Barcas

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomBoulders

PowerFun, Powerless

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

You can get in the harbour, paddle through the boats and in to the harbour boat exit, contour the big fat rock with black birds in it (don't get caught by the set close to the rock, or you'll turn black sea bird food), and your at the point. If it's big (more than 2m/6ft), it's a bit scary getting out of the harbour (big walls of water coming in) you have to time the sets perfectly. You can always paddle from the rocky beach (beware of pointy rocks that really cut), but it's longer and you have to get through the close-out section. The wave is long, a bit fat, with the ocasional tube. Fun and easy to surf. With more than 2m/6ft it gets harder...

English (Translate this text in English): You can get in the harbour, paddle through the boats and in to the harbour boat exit, contour the big fat rock with black birds in it (don't get caught by the set close to the rock, or you'll turn black sea bird food), and your at the point. If it's big (more than 2m/6ft), it's a bit scary getting out of the harbour (big walls of water coming in) you have to time the sets perfectly. You can always paddle from the rocky beach (beware of pointy rocks that really cut), but it's longer and you have to get through the close-out section. The wave is long, a bit fat, with the ocasional tube. Fun and easy to surf. With more than 2m/6ft it gets harder...

English (Translate this text in English): You can get in the harbour, paddle through the boats and in to the harbour boat exit, contour the big fat rock with black birds in it (don't get caught by the set close to the rock, or you'll turn black sea bird food), and your at the point. If it's big (more than 2m/6ft), it's a bit scary getting out of the harbour (big walls of water coming in) you have to time the sets perfectly. You can always paddle from the rocky beach (beware of pointy rocks that really cut), but it's longer and you have to get through the close-out section. The wave is long, a bit fat, with the ocasional tube. Fun and easy to surf. With more than 2m/6ft it gets harder...

English (Translate this text in English): You can get in the harbour, paddle through the boats and in to the harbour boat exit, contour the big fat rock with black birds in it (don't get caught by the set close to the rock, or you'll turn black sea bird food), and your at the point. If it's big (more than 2m/6ft), it's a bit scary getting out of the harbour (big walls of water coming in) you have to time the sets perfectly. You can always paddle from the rocky beach (beware of pointy rocks that really cut), but it's longer and you have to get through the close-out section. The wave is long, a bit fat, with the ocasional tube. Fun and easy to surf. With more than 2m/6ft it gets harder...

Atmosphere

In winter weekdays it's empty. You find youself surfing good rights, really far away from land, in the middle of the sea with no one out. Kind of scary and great feeling at the same time. In sunny weekends can be crowded with not so friendly crowds. Keep to yourself and there's no problem. There's also a right pointbreak in front of the parking (called "Marrocos"), but it's rare. For all the big riders out there, there's a wave that breaks left 500m south of Canal das Barcas, called Montanhas (Mountains!)which is perfect for tow-in. You can be surfing Canal with 2.5m/8ft, and see Montanhas breaking far outside with 5m/15ft... It as no size limit, so if you have the guts...

English (Translate this text in English): In winter weekdays it's empty. You find youself surfing good rights, really far away from land, in the middle of the sea with no one out. Kind of scary and great feeling at the same time. In sunny weekends can be crowded with not so friendly crowds. Keep to yourself and there's no problem. There's also a right pointbreak in front of the parking (called "Marrocos"), but it's rare. For all the big riders out there, there's a wave that breaks left 500m south of Canal das Barcas, called Montanhas (Mountains!)which is perfect for tow-in. You can be surfing Canal with 2.5m/8ft, and see Montanhas breaking far outside with 5m/15ft... It as no size limit, so if you have the guts...

English (Translate this text in English): In winter weekdays it's empty. You find youself surfing good rights, really far away from land, in the middle of the sea with no one out. Kind of scary and great feeling at the same time. In sunny weekends can be crowded with not so friendly crowds. Keep to yourself and there's no problem. There's also a right pointbreak in front of the parking (called "Marrocos"), but it's rare. For all the big riders out there, there's a wave that breaks left 500m south of Canal das Barcas, called Montanhas (Mountains!)which is perfect for tow-in. You can be surfing Canal with 2.5m/8ft, and see Montanhas breaking far outside with 5m/15ft... It as no size limit, so if you have the guts...

English (Translate this text in English): In winter weekdays it's empty. You find youself surfing good rights, really far away from land, in the middle of the sea with no one out. Kind of scary and great feeling at the same time. In sunny weekends can be crowded with not so friendly crowds. Keep to yourself and there's no problem. There's also a right pointbreak in front of the parking (called "Marrocos"), but it's rare. For all the big riders out there, there's a wave that breaks left 500m south of Canal das Barcas, called Montanhas (Mountains!)which is perfect for tow-in. You can be surfing Canal with 2.5m/8ft, and see Montanhas breaking far outside with 5m/15ft... It as no size limit, so if you have the guts...

General

Very nice to relax during weekdays. Nice easy rights if it's not to big. Hollower in the low tide, and fatter at high tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Very nice to relax during weekdays. Nice easy rights if it's not to big. Hollower in the low tide, and fatter at high tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Very nice to relax during weekdays. Nice easy rights if it's not to big. Hollower in the low tide, and fatter at high tide.

English (Translate this text in English): Very nice to relax during weekdays. Nice easy rights if it's not to big. Hollower in the low tide, and fatter at high tide.

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By anonymous , 04-04-2006

ÉPICO - este spot e simplesmente.... Épico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! indonésia em portugal! kem foi o fdp k meteu est spot aki?!? esta mrd é secret e so para locais

By anonymous , 07-10-2005

canal das barcas - é preciso entrar 1swell grande para esta onda funcionar mas quando funciona...

By realmediauk@hotmail.com , 06-07-2003

big - i saw this break in early feb and the swell was huge (15ft+) did not go out but the rides looked long and clean. About a mile around the cliffs, there was a beast of a wave breaking 20ft faces and if anyone could get out thre(boat or jetski) there could be a new big wave spot for south portugal, will try and post some pics soon. Adeus

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