Brazil: West Ceara
A surf camp offering surfing in warm tropical waters with the option of many other sports and water-sports for a surf trip combined with other activities.
LowPressure's Stormrider Surf Guide says
The powerful waves discovered in Fernando do Noronha, shows that Brazil also relies on a significant supply of North Atlantic winter swells, allowing a separate surf season on this north-facing coast. Centred around Natal and Fortaleza, this area also boasts the ‘pororoca’ on the river Amazon, regarded as the best tidal bore waves in the world. One of the most interesting aspects of the Ceara coast is its regularity, only broken by calm bays and narrow rivermouths. At the seashore, long sand dunes, coconut palms and shrubs litter the landscape. Fortaleza is known for having the wildest Monday nights in the world at the bars and restaurants of Praia Iracema, after spotting dolphins and watching the sunset from Ponte dos Ingleses. Further NW is Paracuru, a proper surf town with four main righthand pointbreaks that fire from November to February. Jericoacoara, aka Jeri, 300kms (180mi) west of Fortaleza is an established stop for the travelling surfing community, and remember Malhada beach has good waves as well!
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Condition descriptions provided by the Operator
Thanks to its geographical position, the Rio Grande do Norte' s coasts get North, South, Southeast and East swells that allows surfing at any moment of the year. The best spots are located between Tibau do Sul and Praia da Pipa,the best period is from November to March, thanks to the North swell that comes from the Atlantic North and the end of the trade winds. The spots fit to all level surfers, from the beginner ( all year long ) to the experienced surfer (from December to March).
When you arrive, you are impressed by the beaches beauty, the huge coconut palms, the natural swimming-pools, the massive cliffs( that are covered by the native vegetation ‘mata atlantica’), the white sand dunes and the bays are striking as well. Located in the bigger ecological sanctuary of the Rio Grande do Sul state, and elected by the 4 rodas (roads) guidebook as one of the ten most beautiful beaches of Brazil, Pipa started being famous during the 80′s while rediscovered by surfers.
Reproduction site for dolphins and marine turtles, Pipa beach is a part of the Tibau do Sul area, an Indian name that means ‘between 2 waters’ ( there’s the Guarairas lagoon on the one hand and the Atlantic Ocean on the other). The village was called Pipa because of a stone that looks like a barrel when you arrive from the sea.
Surfing in Brazil
More than 8000 Km of coasts are extended from the Subtropical South to the Equatorial North throughout 17states.This immense costal strip gets 3 kinds of swells. The main generator swell is a cold front which from the South states, moves up to Bahia and sometimes further. The South Pole generates depressions and anticyclones. They have particular effects in each region of our planet. There are depressions that cross the Indian Ocean, sending waves towards South Africa then towards Indonesia and West Australia. It is different on the South America Atlantic side, the cold fronts focus on the Horn, and directly come up to the North. Most of these depressions systems disintegrate on the Atlantic, along the Argentinian, Uruguayan and Brazilian coasts. Sometimes, it's as regular as a clockwork. Let's analyze a regular cycle. The classical South-East Brazilian sunny day is ventilated by North-East winds .When a cold front arrives, the wind begins to turn. First, towards the North then towards the North-West, South-West and South to finish. Wind from the South, in Brazil, is a synonym of waves. The swell generally lasts from 3 to 5days, according to the front and winds' intensity .Sometimes, these weather systems end quickly, leaving behind them waves and sun. When the North-East wind comes back, completing the cycle, the beaches orientated towards the South benefit from perfect off-shore conditions and sunny weather.
The second 'wave-machine' generates East swells: there are powerful anticyclones that sometimes formed in the middle of the South Atlantic between Brazil and Africa. These swells are rare but they are sometimes very powerful and last more than those from the cold fronts. Some of these swells last a week with sunny weather but it goes deteriorating day after day. That situation ends up when a new quite strong cold front arrives from the South, scattering the remaining of this anticyclonic swell.