About Grumari

Driving west along Prainha you will come to another beach surrounded by high hills covered in tropical jungle. It's a beautiful beach and it picks up the most swell of anywhere around. Even on the flattest days you can find decent surf at Grumari, and it can hold big SSW swells. The downside is that it is an hour drive from Ipanema, and worse if it's a hot weekend.

There are several peaks along the beach, all having their day. The paddle out can be a bit tough, as the waves break on outer sandbars and reform. The crowd can be tough but not always. One of the most consistent spots on the coast, it's a great place to surf and hang out.

Source: Grumari Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels -- Depends on size of course.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive to serious. Could be aggro if it's going off near the right corner. Be cool and low-key.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Generally less crowded than other spots during the workweek, especially in the mornings and in the middle of the beach. Weekends can be packed.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Very consistent. Usually a bit bigger than other spots of the city. Also it is a big wave spot at the right corner when it is big from SW-SSW.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy paddle back close to the headland at the right corner, but it can be difficult to come back if you stop in the middle of the beach.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Fairly clean for the most part.

Additional Information


Risk of car theft on deserted mornings. Hold-downs, lots of paddling, getting caught inside on a big set during a strong SSW swell.


Easy to find. You might try parking down the beach a-ways and walking up to play it low-key.

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Best Season

Fall and winter are best, but breaks year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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