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Boat access from Praia de Fora or Praia Vermelha. Best on low tide. Little surfed peaks due to difficult access and strong currents. Worth it though.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Private access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name Laje do Pão de Açucar, praia do exercito
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast
Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Private beach
Needs giant South-West or South swell to push 4-8ft rights.
By Anonymous , 17-10-2007
URCA BODYBOARDERS - don't even try to step in to the water there are very mad's surfers and they are violent ! don't come to this spot !
By luiz felipe , 11-08-2007
This is not inside "forte são joão" - the real name of this beach is "praia vermelha" that is close to the entry to the sugarloaf
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