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Arpoador is Brazil’s surfing birthplace and usually entertains the best surf of the Zona Sul (South Side), easily recognised by its giant rock lookout. On medium to big E swell, lefts can reach 10ft (3m) and the best way to avoid thick crowds is to come surfing at night since the beach is lit. When the proper SW wind blows, though, there's good surfing all the way from Ipanema to Leblon where the seaside strip is even more densely populated.

  • All Tides
  • Peaky Beachbreak
  • Sand
  • NE - S
  • North Easterly
  • 10 2