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SUMMARY
+ Great consistency
+ Wide range of spots
+ Tropical scenery
+ Safe and developed area
- Cool water
- Relatively crowded
- Some beaches close during the fishing season
- Wet climate
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Santa Catarina, Brazil, SOUTH AMERICA


Praia da Vila, Flavio Vidigal

Surf Spots

Praia da Vila
Rosa
Ferrugem
Silveira
Gamboa
Guarda do Embau
Praia da Pinheira
Naufragados
Lagoinha do Leste
Matadeiro
Morro das Pedras
Campeche
Joaquina
Mole
Galheta
Moçambique
Santinho

The Surf

It is the deep south of Brazil that offers the best surf in the country, with bigger swells and more coastal variations than the N. While Parana and Rio Grande do Sul States have good potential, Santa Catarina Island, facing ESE, is definitely the best option. This island destination is commonly referred to as Florianopolis, which is actually the capital city of Santa Catarina State, as well as a port on the west side of Santa Catarina Island. It is a great destination, with a concentration of 20 breaks covering a 225° swell window, plus further south are the quality spots around Guarda, Garopaba and Imbituba.



When to Go

This part of Brazil receives the most swell in the country from deep low pressures spinning past Cape Horn above Antarctica. Swells are powerful and frequent, especially from April to Oct. This source of S-SE swells provides 2-10ft (0.5-3m) waves with occasional 12ft (4m) conditions at the big wave spots like Praia da Vila. Unlike many surf destinations it seems that spring is better than autumn with many more E swells, coming mainly off deep lows passing to the SE and sometimes from hurricanes off Africa which send in short lived groundswells. Wind patterns are stronger than on the Littoral Paulista (São Paulo), blowing primarily from the E in the summer and from either the NE or SW in the winter. SW winds mean stormy weather, while “lestadas” (easterlies) are the usual seabreezes, which blow with force after lunch. Tidal variation is minimal and has little effect on most spots.

SURF STATISTICS
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F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
dominant swell E -S E -S E -S E -S E -S E -S
swell size (ft) 2 2-3 3-4 4 3-4 2
consistency (%) 50 60 70 70 70 50
dominant wind N -NE N -NE N -NE N -NE N -NE N -NE
average force F4 F4 F4 F4 F4 F4
consistency (%) 58 53 67 68 80 59
water temp (C) 25 24 21 18 19 23
wetsuit boardshorts boardshorts springsuit 3/2 3/2 springsuit
Population
Florianopolis - 300,000

Coastline
7,491km (4,680mi)

Timezone
GMT -4h

Travel Information

Weather

The climate is wet/subtropical with as much rain in the winter as in the summer, (about one day out of three). Winter brings stormy weather while the summer has afternoon thunderstorms. Deep winter can be surprisingly cold. The water remains pretty stable year round, requiring a light fullsuit most of the time. Springsuits and boardies can be used at certain times of the year. Sometimes S winds in the winter feed warm water currents up the coast, whilst E winds and swells can bring in cold water currents.

Nature

The biggest party of the year in this area is the Oktoberfest, which takes place in Blumenau, and is definitely not what you would expect from Brazil. This is a cosmopolitan region but with a quiet rural vibe based around the small fishing villages. There is sandboarding in Joaquina or windsurfing in Lagoa.

Hazards

Although crowds are much thinner than in São Paulo, you’re in Brazil and all Brazilians love to surf. During the fishing season from May-June some of the beaches ban surfing. Mussels and urchins occur at a few spots, notably Silveira.

Hints

Boards are easily available and are cheap. Garopaba is a good place to buy one. A standard board will cost around $150. Inflation is running quite high, so don’t change too much money at once. The currency’s name has changed five times in the past 15 years. Cash points are plentiful.