Ericeira Beach Break Surf Spots

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Beach Break Surf Spots

Beach Break Surf Spots

Difficulty / Minimum Skill Level:
Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Works best during:
Low Tide
Mid Tide
Left Hand Wave
Right Hand Wave
Works best with:
East Wind
Northeast Wind
Southeast Wind
Works best with:
Northwest Swell
Southwest Swell
West Swell


Ericeira is a fisher village on the west coast of Portugal about 40 minutes north of Lisbon. In a few kilometers of coastline, Ericeira – often referred to as the surfing capital of Portugal – offers an impressive diversity of surf opportunities. As a result, the region has constantly become increasingly popular over the past decade. In addition, Ericeira was officially declared as Europes one and only World Surfing Reserve in 2011 plus the fine point break of Ribeira D’Ilhas hosting WSL contests like the EDP Vissla Pro Ericeira.

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Beach Break

Areas in the ocean where the waves break over a sandy bottom are known as beach breaks. The waves at beach breaks are constantly changing because the sand is often shifting because of tides, currents, and storms. You can be surfing flawless peeling lefts one day and close-out waves the next at the same surf spot. The surf break could be in one location one day and 200 yards along the shoreline the next. The constantly shifting bottom produces a very unpredictable and dynamic surf break. Because they have a softer and safer bottom than reef breaks, beach breaks are excellent places for beginning surfers to practice.

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