Pedra Branca

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Pedra Branca (translated as white stone) is the first wave of the World Surfing Reserve and is considered the best lefthander in the area. You reach this spot via the dirtroad in front of Camping Ericeira. Pedra Branca is located on the southern point of a beach called Praia da Empa.

It’s a powerful reef break with awesome tubes. The wave is fast and breaks over a shallow reef with holes; mistakes can therefore have serious consequences. The fast take-off into the barrel reminds you of Pipeline, Hawaii. The shallow reef normally becomes exposed around mid tide and this spot can therefore only be surfed with higher tide. It starts to break in smaller swell, but can hold up to 2.5 meter. The best conditions are east and northeast winds combined with west and southwest swells. This spot is a bodyboarders favorite and can’t handle a big crowd because of the narrow take of zone. So you better respect the locals!

FACILITIES

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Bottom
Reef
Direction of wave
Left
CONSISTENCY
3/5
best Wind Direction
Northeast, East
Best swell direction
Southwest, West
Swell size
Up to 2.5 meter
LOCALISM
4/5
Best Tide
Low
Mid
High

Length of Wave
Max 100 meter
Best season
All year
CROWD FACTOR
4/5

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