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Terceira Surfing

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Terceira simply means the third island but some of its waves are first class. ItÕs 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 itÕs 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.
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+ 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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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Vila Nova Star Star Star Star 9ft 11secs 339° 16mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef 25
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W - N Southerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Contendas Star Star 1ft 14secs 171° 15mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 8
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E - SW Westerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Santa Catarina Star Star Grey Star Grey Star 8ft 11secs 341° 15mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef 12
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NW - N South Westerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Ponta do Queimado Star Grey Star Grey Star 8.5ft 11secs 340° 15mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 10
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SW - N South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Porto Martins- Ponta Negra Star Star Grey Star Grey Star 8ft 11secs 341° 15mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Uneven Reef 18
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NW - NE North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Quatro Ribeiras Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 9ft 11secs 339° 16mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Uneven Reef 15
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W - N Southerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Praia da Vitoria Star Star 8ft 11secs 341° 15mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef 10
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N - SE Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sao Fernando Star Star Grey Star Grey Star 8ft 11secs 341° 15mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 6
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NW - E North Westerly Mid Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Terreiro 0ft 0secs 0° 13mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Boulders 10
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S - W North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Pescadore Star Star Grey Star Grey Star 8ft 11secs 341° 15mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 10
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NW - NE North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Salga Grey Star 1ft 14secs 171° 15mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Uneven Reef 15
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S - W North Westerly Low to Mid Tide