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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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 Tres Marias

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 32° 11.557' S
Longitude: 52° 5.104' W

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 Access

The Tres Marias breaks around 5km from the shore and the only way to get there is by boat, but it's possible to see them from the end tip of the Molhe Oeste (4km long stone barrier) and in big days you can see it from the shore.

English (Translate this text in English): The Tres Marias breaks around 5km from the shore and the only way to get there is by boat, but it's possible to see them from the end tip of the Molhe Oeste (4km long stone barrier) and in big days you can see it from the shore.

English (Translate this text in English): The Tres Marias breaks around 5km from the shore and the only way to get there is by boat, but it's possible to see them from the end tip of the Molhe Oeste (4km long stone barrier) and in big days you can see it from the shore.

English (Translate this text in English): The Tres Marias breaks around 5km from the shore and the only way to get there is by boat, but it's possible to see them from the end tip of the Molhe Oeste (4km long stone barrier) and in big days you can see it from the shore.

DistanceTake a car

WalkDon't know

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessBy boat only

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Molhe Oeste, Hawaii

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Powerful, Slab

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthDon't know

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth

Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Don't know and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionDon't know

Best tide movementDon't know

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Tow-in only!

English (Translate this text in English): Tow-in only!

English (Translate this text in English): Tow-in only!

English (Translate this text in English): Tow-in only!

Atmosphere

Tres Marias (three marys in english) is a very unknown secret spot in Cassino beach with one of the biggest waves in Brazil. Around 5km from the shore close to the end tip of a huge breakwater structure built to help cargo ships go to Rio Grande port by entering in the lagoon, it's a sand bar that breaks only in the right conditions but when it does it's huge and dangerous. When there are big swells it's possible to see the Tres Marias from the shore, so you can imagine how big they are (clear image from 5km away)... few locals have dropped the Tres Marias.

The city of Rio Grande has one of the biggest ports in South America and is very close to the conection between Lagoa dos Patos (one of the largest lagoons in the world) and the Atlantic Ocean. The two fin lines that show up in the map location are called "Molhes" in portuguese... some couple hundred meters away from the left one (Molhe Oeste) is where the magic happens! This stone barrier has a little wind-cart (a mine cart with a sail) and you can take it to go to the end tip of the Molhe, that is more than 4km long. Along the way it is possible to see sea lions and wolves hanging out in the rocks (those guys really know the best spots!) and sometimes dolphins.

The waves are so powerful that they can drag the big rocks and concrete blocks from the stone barrier. There are registers that blocks with 20 tons where wiped out! The guys that work in the port and cargo ships call it "Hawaii" and it is important to remeber that this is a very dangerous wave and can produce some giant series after series killers that will push you back to shore like a tsunami! So you must always have extra caution and rescue boats around.

English (Translate this text in English): Tres Marias (three marys in english) is a very unknown secret spot in Cassino beach with one of the biggest waves in Brazil. Around 5km from the shore close to the end tip of a huge breakwater structure built to help cargo ships go to Rio Grande port by entering in the lagoon, it's a sand bar that breaks only in the right conditions but when it does it's huge and dangerous. When there are big swells it's possible to see the Tres Marias from the shore, so you can imagine how big they are (clear image from 5km away)... few locals have dropped the Tres Marias.

The city of Rio Grande has one of the biggest ports in South America and is very close to the conection between Lagoa dos Patos (one of the largest lagoons in the world) and the Atlantic Ocean. The two fin lines that show up in the map location are called "Molhes" in portuguese... some couple hundred meters away from the left one (Molhe Oeste) is where the magic happens! This stone barrier has a little wind-cart (a mine cart with a sail) and you can take it to go to the end tip of the Molhe, that is more than 4km long. Along the way it is possible to see sea lions and wolves hanging out in the rocks (those guys really know the best spots!) and sometimes dolphins.

The waves are so powerful that they can drag the big rocks and concrete blocks from the stone barrier. There are registers that blocks with 20 tons where wiped out! The guys that work in the port and cargo ships call it "Hawaii" and it is important to remeber that this is a very dangerous wave and can produce some giant series after series killers that will push you back to shore like a tsunami! So you must always have extra caution and rescue boats around.

English (Translate this text in English): Tres Marias (three marys in english) is a very unknown secret spot in Cassino beach with one of the biggest waves in Brazil. Around 5km from the shore close to the end tip of a huge breakwater structure built to help cargo ships go to Rio Grande port by entering in the lagoon, it's a sand bar that breaks only in the right conditions but when it does it's huge and dangerous. When there are big swells it's possible to see the Tres Marias from the shore, so you can imagine how big they are (clear image from 5km away)... few locals have dropped the Tres Marias.

The city of Rio Grande has one of the biggest ports in South America and is very close to the conection between Lagoa dos Patos (one of the largest lagoons in the world) and the Atlantic Ocean. The two fin lines that show up in the map location are called "Molhes" in portuguese... some couple hundred meters away from the left one (Molhe Oeste) is where the magic happens! This stone barrier has a little wind-cart (a mine cart with a sail) and you can take it to go to the end tip of the Molhe, that is more than 4km long. Along the way it is possible to see sea lions and wolves hanging out in the rocks (those guys really know the best spots!) and sometimes dolphins.

The waves are so powerful that they can drag the big rocks and concrete blocks from the stone barrier. There are registers that blocks with 20 tons where wiped out! The guys that work in the port and cargo ships call it "Hawaii" and it is important to remeber that this is a very dangerous wave and can produce some giant series after series killers that will push you back to shore like a tsunami! So you must always have extra caution and rescue boats around.

English (Translate this text in English): Tres Marias (three marys in english) is a very unknown secret spot in Cassino beach with one of the biggest waves in Brazil. Around 5km from the shore close to the end tip of a huge breakwater structure built to help cargo ships go to Rio Grande port by entering in the lagoon, it's a sand bar that breaks only in the right conditions but when it does it's huge and dangerous. When there are big swells it's possible to see the Tres Marias from the shore, so you can imagine how big they are (clear image from 5km away)... few locals have dropped the Tres Marias.

The city of Rio Grande has one of the biggest ports in South America and is very close to the conection between Lagoa dos Patos (one of the largest lagoons in the world) and the Atlantic Ocean. The two fin lines that show up in the map location are called "Molhes" in portuguese... some couple hundred meters away from the left one (Molhe Oeste) is where the magic happens! This stone barrier has a little wind-cart (a mine cart with a sail) and you can take it to go to the end tip of the Molhe, that is more than 4km long. Along the way it is possible to see sea lions and wolves hanging out in the rocks (those guys really know the best spots!) and sometimes dolphins.

The waves are so powerful that they can drag the big rocks and concrete blocks from the stone barrier. There are registers that blocks with 20 tons where wiped out! The guys that work in the port and cargo ships call it "Hawaii" and it is important to remeber that this is a very dangerous wave and can produce some giant series after series killers that will push you back to shore like a tsunami! So you must always have extra caution and rescue boats around.

General

Unknown huge wave (slap, powerful and fast) is the biggest one in Brazil alongside Laje da Jaguaruna and Ilha dos Lobos. The average size of Tres Marias is 18ft to 20ft but sometimes is bigger.

English (Translate this text in English): Unknown huge wave (slap, powerful and fast) is the biggest one in Brazil alongside Laje da Jaguaruna and Ilha dos Lobos. The average size of Tres Marias is 18ft to 20ft but sometimes is bigger.

English (Translate this text in English): Unknown huge wave (slap, powerful and fast) is the biggest one in Brazil alongside Laje da Jaguaruna and Ilha dos Lobos. The average size of Tres Marias is 18ft to 20ft but sometimes is bigger.

English (Translate this text in English): Unknown huge wave (slap, powerful and fast) is the biggest one in Brazil alongside Laje da Jaguaruna and Ilha dos Lobos. The average size of Tres Marias is 18ft to 20ft but sometimes is bigger.

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By Anonymous , 06-06-2010

- Photo by Pablo Bech:

http://www.jornalagora.com.br/imgs_noticias/52331_1007_surf_marias.jpg

By Anonymous , 06-06-2010

- And a study made by an Oceanology student from Rio Grande do Sul about the Tres Marias waves:

http://www.praia.log.furg.br/Publicacoes/2008/2008q.pdf

By Anonymous , 06-06-2010

- Here is a video about the spot:

http://terratv.terra.com.br/Especiais/Jovem/Terra-Xtreme/4551-127396/Xtreme-confere-a-onda-das-Tres-Marias.htm

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