Terceira Surfing

About Terceira

Terceira simply means the third island but some of its waves are first class. It's north coast waves are super-heavy from the bombie at Vila Nova to the crunching lefts at Quatro Ribeiras where deep, sharky waters meet huge boulders beneath towering cliffs. The rest of the north and west coasts are just as inhospitable while the south coast action focuses on Terreiro, a sectioney right over a jumble of rocks and rubbish. The east coast has the concentration of breaks from the tip at Contendas to the user-friendly and most crowded spots inside the harbour at Praia da Vitoria. In between are some hollow, shallow spots including the incredible A-frame tubes of Santa Catarina. Because the action is concentrated on the east coast, Terceira works year-round but it's the big winter NW swells that really get the east coast spots going. The trouble will be a concentration of surfers at the weekends as only a couple of spots will probably be working.


  • 360º swell window

  • Epic Santa Catarina

  • Empty big wave spots

  • Beautiful landscapes

  • Eco-friendly environment


  • Short-lived, disorganised swells

  • E-facing spots need big swells

  • Rapidly changing conditions

  • Heavy waves, rocks and boulders

  • Relatively expensive

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