About Ribeira d'Ilhas

Looking out from the clifftop onto a classic day, you could be mistaken for thinking you're watching Bells Beach. The cliff lined sandy bay, the reeling right hand walls that speed down the line, back off, then speed through to the finish on the inside - they certainly have more than a familiar air to them. But this wave more than holds its own in comparison. Part of its quality comes in its flexibility - it starts breaking at just over knee high and keeps going to double overhead or more - pumping out huge, winding faces that can run for over 200m. There is also a reef on the outside northern edge of the main break called Pontinha, a right hander that works best in medium swells. Very occasionally it will connect to the main break. Popular spot with good facilties including showers and a beach bar to boot.

Source: Ribeira d'Ilhas Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginners can get waves when small but mostly the point is a long, bustling line-up best for intermediates and advanced surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive, can be feisty when at its busiest and best.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Popular spot - can get super crowded.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

High quality right hand reef with ripable walls that can reel for over 200m from small to double overhead.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy paddle out - launch from the beach to the south of the wave and paddle round, not through the line-up.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not great.

Additional Information




Parking at beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard


Sand covered reef.

Best Season

Best September to May.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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