When the swell is good it’s by far the best spot in rio: powerful waves long walls and barrels. However the crowd is nervous but you can escape from it some days (try very early or just before sun going down).
Ponta das Canas is a legendary wave that wakes up few times a year. When a really big east swell hits the island with light south winds there is a possibility for it to break a right-hander great for multiple maneuvers.
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 Praia do Campeche itself it is located in front of the Campeche Island, the road leaves you directly there. When it is breaking that’s the place to be.
As big east swells are less common than others, locals are hungry for this wave when it’s working on the point break.
Discovered by surfers in early 70’s this place is amazing! Night life, girls, easy going people and excellent surf conditions make Guarda one of the most popular surfing spots in Brazil.
Gamboa is not a popular wave, but when a solid south swell turns to east, don’t spend more time, head to Gamboa and you’ll get a long and perfect right hander. This place is calm and usually there’s no big crowd.
Silveira can hold big south swells and offers epic days with long right handers on the point. The take off is tough and near the rocks, but once you’ve made it, just enjoy the track.
Ferrugem is well known as one of the most consistent waves of Brazil, always has a surfable wave. You can choose from the left corner (the best peak), the middle beach or the south corner (with south wind).
This beach picks up any swell, there is always some surf going there. A hollow right hander works on the right corner and a long left hander on a small river mouth leftwards.