EasyDrop Surf Camp Itacare

Brazil: South Bahia

Beautiful surf house just steps away from the beach. Communal areas, delicious local breakfasts and an abundance of breaks in the region.

LowPressure’s Stormrider Surf Guide says

The overwhelming image of Brazil is Carnival and Salvador de Bahia undoubtedly hosts the most intense one. Surfers in the mid ‘70’s searching the coast from Salvador found out about Itacaré, lying 300km (188mi) south. It’s the Bahia State capital, set amidst the Atlantic rain forest, where an abundance of juicy, warm-water beachbreaks, reefbreaks and an amazingly long rivermouth right. Early travellers would have come across the surfing godfather "Old Joaquim", who befriended every surfer and told many tales under moonlight before Itacaré became a renowned backpacker town.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide website.

 

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The surroundings of Itacaré

Itacaré is surrounded by a vast and dense area of Atlantic Rain Forest that contains rivers, waterfalls, and a variety of endemic flora & fauna species.  In fact, the southern region of Bahia retains the most significant portion of Atlantic Rain Forest in all of northeastern Brazil.  We truly believe that besides the stunning beaches and consistent surf conditions, nature is the most precious tourist attraction Itacaré has to offer.


Surfing Itacaré

The coastline of Itacaré ranges from flat beaches that extend for miles and miles, to small sheltered beaches surrounded by hills and rainforest.  As a result, the region is host to a wide variety of surf spots with different face directions, extensions, and bottom shapes.  Many of these spots remain uncrowded most of the time due to their remote location and limited access.
Starting north & working south, here’s what you need to know about the exclusive Itacaré beach & surf region.

Pontal - Pure Power

During Brazilian winter (May to September) when swells and winds turn south, Pontal offers excellent surf conditions for both intermediate and advanced surfers.
Pontal - details
The only inhabitants of Pontal are the many rare animals and thousands of coconut palms.  The waves on the outer sandbars are large with a slow break, but become fast and hollow on the inside peaks. Pontal is not well suited for beginners for the following reasons:

  • Channels to the outside are not easily accessible and are difficult to navigate
  • Forceful cross currents are almost always present and at times severe & dangerous rip currents exist
  • Getting in and out can be tricky as well as unsafe due to heavy shore breaks


Pontal - surf guide

Peak type     Open beach break
Wave power     Powerful - barrels
Peak bottom     Shiffting shallow sand bars
Length of ride     50m - 120m
Wave size     1m - 3m
Swell direction South + Southeast
Best wind     South
Best tide     Incoming
Best season     May to Sep.
Frequency     About 60 days/year
Skill level     Intermediate
Entry/exit     no channels (tricky)
Dangers     Heavy shore break, currents
Tips         Cross the river paddling, then walk about 300m North to bet to the peaks. There is no infrastructure on the beach, and no shade! Beware of dangerous rip currents.



Boca da Barra - Endless Rights

On big winter days, Boca da Barra provides one of the longest rideable waves in Brazil.  An awesome right-hander, it peels down from the open sea for 1,000-2,000 meters, into the middle of Pontal beach.
Boca da Barra - details
Just south of Pontal beach is the river mouth break called Boca da Barra.  It can be seen from the center of town and accessed with a short 5-10 minute paddle from our lodging.  Waves above nine feet are rare in Itacaré, but we have surfed Boca da Barra when swells were at 12 feet and have seen it produce even larger breaks.
But, beware!  In order to ride Boca da Barra, you will find yourself far out in the ocean where orientation is difficult and cross currents pull you away from the peak.  Violent rip currents can make it a nightmare to get back in.  Always check your equipment before you go since losing your board could be a fatal mistake and NEVER GO ALONE!


Boca da Barra - surf guide

Peak type     Offshore river break
Wave power     Mellow - dragging
Peak bottom     Sand bars shaped by river
Length of ride     100 - 2.000 m
Wave size     From 1,5 up to any size
Swell direction South + Southeast
Best wind     South
Best tide     Low tide incoming
Best season     May to Sep.
Frequency     About 50 days per year
Skill level     Advanced
Entry/exit     Use the river as your paddle out channel
Dangers     Currents - distances
Tips         About 15 min. paddling to get there, so don’t go alone. Very serious rip and cross currents all over. Never crowded. The bigger the better!



Corais - Perfect Tubes

Like riding tubes?  Then Corais is sure to be your favorite!  Whenever there is a solid & clean east swell, this spot provides long, perfect left and right tubes at low tide.
Corais - details
If you head south of the Rio de Contas river mouth (Boca da Barra), you will pass the calm Praia da Concha beachfront and its many restaurants & pousadas (including ours).  Just beyond the lighthouse jetty that protects Praia da Concha is Corais (meaning corals).
This spot only starts working with overhead surf and is always a serious peak due to the sharp, underlying rocks and the absence of reef passes, which makes it difficult to paddle in and out.  If you’re just starting out here, try the southernmost left-hander called “buraco do barbudo,” and ONLY GO LEFT!


Corais - surf guide

Peak type     Reef break - lefts and rights
Wave power     Medium power
Peak bottom     Dead coral
Length of ride     50- 100m
Wave size     1,2 - 2,5m
Swell direction only ground swell from East
Best wind     Best without wind
Best tide     Works only in low tide
Best season     Any time of the year
Frequency     About 30 days per year
Skill level     Advanced
Entry/exit     Only one tricky reef pass
Dangers     Rocks - closing out sets
Tips         If you don’t dare to use the narrow and inconsistent reef passes, paddle over from the beach breaks South of Corais. Generally crowded when good, but peaceful.



Tiririca - Heavy Waves and Crowds

Praia da Tiririca is home to the local surf scene and provides consistent short, fast, and hollow waves nearly 365 days a year.


Tiririca - details

Past Corais is Praia Tiririca, which is the most frequented spot in Itacaré due to its central location and year-round consistency.  You will find this peak occupied by locals looking for their daily rides. 
The waves at Tiririca are short, fast & hollow with cross currents dragging into the rocks on either side.  When the surf here gets overhead, only very experienced surfers should consider paddling out here.  EasyDrop does not hold surf lessons at Tiririca because the waves are so challenging and the permanent local crowd can be intense.


Tiririca - surf guide

Peak type     Beach break - lefts and rights
Wave power     Powerful - often tubing
Peak bottom     Sand bars over rocks
Length of ride     40- 100m
Wave size     0,3 - 2,5m
Swell direction East and Southeast
Best wind     South or no wind
Best tide     All tides
Best season     All year
Frequency     About 330 days per year
Skill level     Intermediate
Entry/exit     no channels, can be tricky
Dangers     Rocks, currents, heavy crowds
Tips         Complete infrastructure on the beach (restaurants, showers, surf shops). Main stage for local surf scene. Beware of localism. Local, national and international surf contests are held here.


Prainha - Stunning Beauty & Powerful Surf

Prainha’s right-hander is one of the most spectacular waves in the region.  However, the more consistent left side can often provide perfect tubes.
Prainha - details
Prainha was rated one of the top ten beaches in Brazil due to its natural beauty, but recent development of private residences & hotels has robbed it of its isolated charm. 
The beach is located within a 45-minute walk of town and during the Brazilian summer months (December to February), solid northeastern swells produce perfect tubular left point breaks in the left-hand corner.  In the deep winter months, huge south swells and pure southern winds produce a gnarly but awesome right-hander that goes off in the right corner with an easy take off frame and peeling into a heavy shallow tube.  When this break is on, you are sure to see some of the most spectacular waves in the region!
However, Prainha is sensitive to wind and the consistency here is spotty.  On most days, this peak generates some short, heavy rights and lefts across the span and have a tendency to close out.  


Prainha - surf guide

Peak type     Beach break - lefts and rights
Wave power     Powerful - often tubing
Peak bottom     Sand bars over rocks
Length of ride     40- 150m
Wave size     0,5 - 2,5m
Swell direction Northeast (lft corner) - South (right corner)
Best wind     Pure South or no wind
Best tide     All tides
Best season     Any, if conditions coincide
Frequency     About 100 days per year
Skill level     Intermediate/Advanced
Entry/exit     no channels, can be tricky
Dangers     Rocks in both corners
Tips         Stunning beach. Long trail. Beware of thefts. Beach hut on the beach selling snacks and coconuts. Best barrels in the region. May get crowded when good, but generally peaceful


Jeribucaçu - An Empty Line Up

The two nice and consistent waves at Jeribucaçu (a right and a left) remain unsurfed throughout most of the year, due to the difficult access (long steep trail) to this beach.

 

Jeribucaçu - details

The next surfing beach after Prainha is Jeribucaçu.  Since this beach is not within walking distance of town, you will need to travel by car and once you reach the access points, there is an additional 20-30 minute hike in to the beach.  Keep in mind that Jeribucaçu has several access points that are quite hidden, so plan to get a guide or go with EasyDrop!
There are two waves at Jeribucaçu, a short and heavy right-hander from the right corner that breaks into the middle of the beach and a longer, but still heavy left-hander from the middle breaking into the right corner of the beach.  You’ll find an easy channel on the right, close to the rocks. 
For the waves at Jeribucaçu to be up, a 3-4 foot swell is required so the main season here is our winter months.  But the bottom is all sand and underlying rocks are well defined causing the wave patterns to remain the same throughout the year.  Since this peak is fairly consistent, it is a great alternative to crowded Tiririca for shortboarders. 

Jeribucaçu - surf guide

Peak type     Beach break - lefts and rights
Wave power     Powerful - some barrels
Peak bottom     Sand bars over rocks
Length of ride     40- 180m
Wave size     1 - 4m
Swell direction East and Southeast
Best wind     South or no wind
Best tide     All tides
Best season     All year with solid swell
Frequency     About 180 days per year
Skill level     Intermediate
Entry/exit     safe channel on the right corner
Dangers     Currents and rocks
Tips         Long, steep trail (slippery with rain). No infrastructure on the beach. Quite consistent peak. Hardly crowded.


Engenhoca - Longboarders & Kooks

Engenhoca is the main longboard peak in Itacare thanks to its more mellow and longer peeling waves. 
Engenhoca - details
Just south of Jeribucaçu is Engenhoca, another beach with limited access.  You will need to drive further on the road toward Ilheus and hike in from the access point for a bout 20 minutes through the rainforest.  Again, we highly recommend you use a guide or our experienced EasyDrop staff to reach this spot. 
Engenhoca is EasyDrop’s main teaching beach due to the consistent surf and mellow currents, which makes it easy to paddle in and out.  The beach is a half enclosed bay and is nicely protected from the northeast wind that is characteristic of our summer months.  However, if the swell turns east or southeast the break can become choppy.  You’ll find a nice channel on the left side that works perfectly up to double overhead surf!


Engenhoca - surf guide

Peak type     Beach break - lefts and rights
Wave power     Mellow
Peak bottom     Sand bars over rocks
Length of ride     70- 280m
Wave size     0,3 - 2m
Swell direction East and Northeast
Best wind     Northeast
Best tide     All tides
Best season     September to May
Frequency     About 280 days per year
Skill level     Beginner
Entry/exit     Safe channel on left corner
Dangers     Some rocks in right corner
Tips         Long trail. Snack "bar" on the beach. Very consistent surf conditions. Surf schools and kooks. Can get crowded, generally friendly pack though...


Itacarezinho - Endless Beach Breaks

Itacarezinho is a 10 km stretch of open beach breaks that can range from mellow to very powerful tubing.  This beach also has some reefs you can explore.
Itacarezinho - details
The last beach in our region is Itacarezinho, just south of Engenhoca.  A hefty entrance fee will grant you drive-up access to the restaurant on the north end of the beach.  Or you can access it via a 15-minute walk down a steep road. 
The best breaks are found south of the restaurant, and real estate development may limit the road access.  If you walk along the beach you’ll eventually reach the legendary left-hand reef break called “Pedra Preta” that is near perfect in summer conditions.  But on any day at Itacarezinho when the surf is up and the wind is down, you will find good surf all over!


Itacarezinho - surf guide

Peak type     Beach break - lefts and rights
Wave power     Medium power
Peak bottom     Constantly shifting sand bars
Length of ride     40- 150m
Wave size     0,7 - 1,5m
Swell direction All directions, but clean East Swell is best
Best wind     Pure North or no wind
Best tide     All tides (depends on swell and sand bars)
Best season     All year
Frequency     About 120 days per year
Skill level     Beginner/intermediate
Entry/exit     Shifting rip currents
Dangers     Rip currents and shore break
Tips         Restaurant on the beach with paid car access. Long beach, may require some hiking to find the best peak. Never crowded.