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Latitude: 23° 0.89' S
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This surf spot is easily accessed, it is not hided in any secret place or something like that, it is in the city part of Rio called Barra da Tijuca, and you just drive along the beach until you reach the Posto 1 where there is a fire-fighter and lifeguard station at the beach.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Salva Mar, barra da tijuca, boca de esgoto
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
You can park your car right on a parking spot. They're all along the beach road.
This spot is kind of weird to describe, because it hasn’t really been discovered by all the surfers yet, because it’s not very popular. Most of the surfers go to Posto 3, 5 or 6 in Barra da Tijuca. The thing is, that the spot mostly doesn’t have as good waves as the other postos I mentioned, but I know, from my own experience that this spot can be compared with some very popular beaches where only pros surf and which normally are very crowded. If you ever have the luck to surf here on this spot when it’s good, then you’ll think you are in Australia, Hawaii or something like that. There was this one day; the waves were so perfect that I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. That day you couldn’t really do anything wrong. The waves were that good. Well, the water was a bit cold, but I would accept that everyday if it was that perfect all the time. The waves where hollow, it was easy to get in them and they broke peeeeeeerrrrrrffffffeeeecccctttttllllyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No doubt! To be honest, there aren’t a lot of days like these. When it isn’t like this the waves normally break on a very shallow sand bank and they have a lot of strength and break with a great tube!! It is kind of strange because you can’t see how the waves are from outside the water, you have to be in front of them, you have to surf them to see how big they are and how they break. From the outside they normally look tiny, but when you are in front of one you’ll probably change what you thought about it before.
I think this spot can be the most perfect thing in whole fuckin Brazil, it can be awesome.
Then, there are days where you don’t even wanna look at it.
By Fabio Gringo , 20-03-2010
Longboard surfer Fábio Gringo - I am local surfer from postinho, nobody call the spot tropical, postinho is called that name because was something called (posto de salva-vidas)rank of life-guard comment, one day a big swell wash out the rank, some years laters they builded the (salvamar da barra), headquarters of life guards.
I use to surf there with a longboard, normally in a good day I would surf up to 80 or even 100 waves, I was one the first longboards surfers to surf postinho, would also be good to say that there is another part of the spot which is called (laje) it only breaks when the waves are about 6 feet up to 12 feet if you luck, the wave is amazing, I have one day actually mark my name there by surfing a wave 6 feet with my long, the wave reminded pipeline, but postinho is famous for being compared with backdoor and sometimes the swell from west transform the wave in pipeline, I saw one day at this spot a swell about 40 feet with sometimes waves more than 60 feet, was caused by a el-niño, I think the year was 1996 or 1997 I don´t remember. The localism there is because is the second best spot in Rio de Janeiro, just about 1 kilometer the right there is another wave called quebra-mar, is the best wave of Rio, and one of the best waves In Brazil, the localism there is so strong, the gracie family has a great influence.
By Anonymous , 18-12-2008
- I am just back from Brazil and I surfed there for a week. It is a very nice left behind the pier and a good break that opens to both sides about 100mt to the right of the pier. The good thing about it is that if you go during the week you will surf alone most of the time. During the weekend is other story. locals think that they are in Hawaii or something. Just move to the right side and you will have tons of fun.
By jpsampaio , 22-01-2008
Mistake on this spot - The name of this spot is not Postinho (posto 1). Postinho is near the posto 2. The exactly location is in front of a rock bar that breaks when the sea is bigger than 1.5 m...The real name for this spot is TROPICAL because is in front of the Hotel Tropical. You can call Salva Mar too. Thats the correct name. About the agressive crowd, week is normal.