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Florianopolis Santa Catarina

Joaquina

Probably the best and most consistent wave in the Island. It is the capital of surfing in Southern Brazil, handles almost any swell, but the best conditions are E swell with NE wind or W wind.

Quality

Wave quality > World Classic
Frequency > Very consistent (150 day/year)
Experience Required > All surfers

Wave

Type > Beach break
Direction > Left and right
Power > Hollow, powerful, fast, long
Bottom > Sand

Swell and Wind

Minimum Swell Size > 0.5 m | 1ft
Maximum Swell Size > 3 m | 10 ft
Swell Direction > S, SE, E, NE
Wind Direction > N, NE

More Details

Crowd during the Week > Crowded
Crowd on the Week-end > Very crowded
Hazards >Locals

Infrastructure

Accommodation > Hotel, local houses, camping and cottages
Commerce > Grocer’s shop, supermarket, snack bars and restaurants
Nightlife >Center of the island, lagoa da conceição and others – Everyday!!
Health assistance > Hospitals and medical centers available on the island.

Editor’s Comments

Probably the best and most consistent wave in the Island. It is the capital of surfing in Southern Brazil, handles almost any swell, but the best conditions are E swell with NE wind or W wind. The famous left breaks from behind the Pedra da Careca, a small rock which stands close to the left side of the beach. On good days there’s some really long and powerful waves with several sessions. If you go further south down the beach there’s always good surfing spots with good lefts and rights.

At these points the crowd factor and hassle are reduced. Locals surf on the left side more often. If you’re here in Florianopolis you HAVE TO surf at Joaquina.Opened during Mullet fishing season.

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