Riacho Doce

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This spot is great for beginners. The wave is not as hollow and powerful as New Orleans.
It is great fun when it gets around 5ft-6ft and you can get long, clean walls, and get some barrels on the inside.

There are 2 waves, the left (usually better) is a fast wave on the take off and gets pretty hollow when it reaches the inside.
The right is usually smaller, but sometimes longer. Great wave for manoeuvres as it gives you lots of space and time to execute them.

Additional Info:
You have to park your car on the side of the road and walk down to the beach. If you are really nice the “gatekeepers” may let you park your car in the club area.
HIGH TIDE ONLY!!!!! Do not go out if the tide is low, it gets shallow and there are lots of rocks.
Usually not crowded but it can get crowded when the south coast is flat.


15 min from Maceio. Take road to Paripueira and Barra de Santo Antonio. Pass Riacho Doce village, after the church on the right you will see 2 social clubs on the beach. Park your car on the side of the road, access through the club is restricted so find your way along the walls to the beach. If you keep driving for just a couple minutes you will see another spot called New Orleans.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
PowerFast, Fun
FrequencyRegular (100 days/year)
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionUnknown
Swell directionUnknown
Swell size3ft-5ft - 6ft+
TideHigh tide only
Tide movementFalling tide
WeekendFew surfers




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