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Sao Miguel Surfing

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S?o Miguel is the biggest island and home to the most surfers. It is the only island in the chain with north-facing beachbreaks at Ribeira Grande and probably has the greatest variety of surf spots. Both the western and eastern ends of SaoS?o Miguel are very cliffy as the land drops away sharply from the volcanic peaks that used to be two separate islands. This means the centre of the island is lower and allows for the beaches to form on the north and south coasts. Big waves in heavy water situations characterise the north coasts of the Azores and SaoS?o Miguel has its share, but few are surfed and many are at the base of cliffs and only accessible by boat Ð Baixa de Viola being the exception. Rabo de Peixe now breaks inside the harbour wall that destroyed a better reef outside but it is still a focal point for winter swells thanks to ease of access and ride compared to the many unridden breaks visible from the cliffs. Mosteiros has the only regularly surfed breaks out west and nothing much happens on the SW coast until Ponta Delgada. Populo is just that, perfectly named as the city beach where everyone learns to surf. With a wide swell window and adaptable sandbanks, it gets especially good on summer S swells. The south coast has way more accessible breaks and fewer surfers riding them, all the way out to the heavy seawall breaks at Ribeira Quente. The east coast is a let down except for the rare challenging lefts of Faja do Araujo. This island is pretty flexible and should be considered a year-round destination with its mix of big swell reefs and exposed summer beachbreaks.
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11 - 17°C
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11 - 18°C
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14 - 21°C
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17 - 26°C
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16 - 23°C
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13 - 19°C
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+ Very consistent swells
+ Uncrowded quality waves
+ Good pointbreaks
+ Nearby islands for futher exploration
- Constantly changing conditions
- Scary reefbreaks
- Cool, wet climate
- Hard access to many spots
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Santa Iria Star Star Star Star Star 6.5ft 16secs 341° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Uneven Reef 20
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W - NE Southerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Monte Verte Star Star Star Star Star 6.5ft 16secs 341° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 10
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SW - E South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Santa Barbara Star Star Star Star Star 6.5ft 16secs 341° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 12
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SW - E Southerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Rabo de Peixe Star Star Star Star Star 6.5ft 16secs 341° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Boulders 15
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W - NE Southerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Mosteiros Right Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 15secs 342° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Uneven Reef 20
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SW - NE Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Mosteiros Left Star Star Star Star 7ft 15secs 342° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Uneven Reef 10
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SW - W South Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Praia dos Mosteiros Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 15secs 342° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Uneven Reef 12
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SW - N Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Santa Clara Grey Star 3ft 10secs 269° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 30+
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SE - W Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Populo Grey Star 3ft 10secs 269° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 18
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NE - W Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Santa Cruz/Lagoa Grey Star 3ft 10secs 269° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 12
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SE - W Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Vila Franca 2ft 5secs 139° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef 12
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NE - W Northerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Ponta Garca 2ft 5secs 139° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 10
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NE - W Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Ribeira Quente Left 2ft 5secs 139° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Pier, Groyne or Jetty Uneven Reef 15
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NE - W Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Ribeira Quente Right 2ft 5secs 139° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Boulders 12
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NE - W Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Agua de Alto Grey Star 3ft 10secs 269° 12mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 8
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NE - W Northerly All Tides