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When you're in town, get a map and there is no missing it. It's the most known beach in Salvador for surfing. To help, it's near the International Air port Area. There are busses that run in town that can take to the beach. The bus goes says Praia do Flamengo. You can catch it anywhere main beach lain going north from Barra to Itapuã.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name padang
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Fun
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
It's not a hard wave. It can get hollow and fast on good days, so that will probably ask little more of the surfer. The wave is normally not very good on very low tides, it closes out allot and really pounds. We don't get all that much offshore, mostly during the morning time but quite always the wind will turn before noon. The best months are surely April, may, August and September that's when the winds are lighter and offshore is more cumin. If you got a car you can park it right in front of the brake. You can see it from the line up.
The place is great. The water is warm (and mean warm) all year round. On the weekends the beach gets a lot of people. There are like these beach huts where you can get most of the locals culinary to eat and you can have anything to drink (for those how like some booze after the surf). The food is great and people also. The surf can get crowed on weekends but in the summer it's really bad at this spot. How ever there are many good spots around to choose from and most are actually reef brakes. There is no Place Like Salvador Bahia.
The beach got really famous for it's surf in the 80s for holding some big national contests. The wave works both ways and can get pretty good. I would say it's high light is it's barrows on the lowing tides. It has a shallow sand bar that can make the wave pitch nicely. The weakness is the wind. There are normally constant onshore what make the surf normally not as good as it gets. I've seen it brake big. It can work at up to 8' on the right swell. But the biggest it gets, the further you paddle.
By Jack Anderson , 09-09-2009
Dangers at Stella Maris - I have not surfed in years but would like to surf Stella Maris beach as I stay at hotel. Are the rocks underneath the surf dangerous? Do you know a surf shop close by that I can rent a surfboard at?
By Zed , 26-08-2007
Full Stella - I surf in stella almost every day,now in a winter the waves are sometimes bigger than the normal(above 2,5 mts) because of the wind,the sea are storm, but when the wind break is a fantasy.next mouth the spring is begone and is the best time to surfing.and I will be there,sure.
By firstname.lastname@example.org , 18-10-2005
stella maris is paradise - essa praia é muito boa,quando rola boas ondas deixa todos os atletas da elite wear super animados...meu deus adoro essa praia:stella maris...........
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