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Go to Ipanema then to the end of the beach on the left side (Arpoador). In Arpoador you continue to go to the left of the beach, there is Diabo.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Diabo
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouth
Good wind directionSouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
There is a lot of bodyboards in Diabo, it is a quick wave, there are a lots of barrels. To the left side of Diabo there is the "Inferno" that many times is better than Diabo, but in Inferno is a militar area so you can't sit on the sand. When there is no waves in the city, check there it will probably have 1/2m waves.
Diabo has 3 beaches. Be careful the first on the right it's ok, the second and the third are military areas you can reach these 2 only by padling, the sand access can not be used. When there is no waves in the city it will be probably breaking in Diabo.
Be careful with Ghetto boys, on the week-end a lot of dogs are there with their owners.
Be careful WITH FAVELADOS! (modybuggies locals).
You can talk with the people they are friendly.
Close do Arpoador, it´s an option when there is no waves in the other spots of the area, but it also can get very good and clean when the other spots get stormy.
Very cool, there's a rock there that you can see. When it's big it makes triangular waves.
Barrels and pipes.
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL but you can break your board into pieces on big days.
By Banana , 13-06-2006
A Great Second Option - If you found very crowd Arpoador, Diabo is a great second option for who wanna get into good barrels. Is the beach on the other side of Arpodor's rock. But be careful!!!Diabo is divided in two parts: The smaller beach and the bigger. The last one is Army's property and nobody is allowed to walk in the sand. But surfing that is no problem!Good waves...
By hernan , 18-05-2006
a great spot in rio - i am from argentina and my opinion of this spot is that the waves breaks hard and fast is was so fanny surfing here with local i had no problem