About Pedra Branca

Pedra Branca, or White Rock, is not only one of the most famous breaks in the area, it is also the most prominent. Breaking out on the end of the headland opposite the campsite, it's highly visible and exposed to swell and wind. On smaller days there's a fun, if shallow lefthand wall that peels along this flat rock slab. However, when Autumn swells kick in, it can be transformed into a jacking, death or glory pit as waves lunge out of deep water onto the shallow ledge, with square barrels up to double overhead. Crowded with expert locals when it's firing. There is also a right that peels over sand and reef in the Praia de Pedra Branca bay just to the south - a long fun wall that caters for all abilities.

Source: Pedra Branca Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Small days are ok for intermediate surfers, but best left to experts as the size jacks up.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive, best for advanced respectful surfers when firing.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Small take off zone and crowd of hard charging locals make this a super competitive line-up.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

Long, fast, hollow, barrels reel over a flat, shallow reef at this regional classic. Can be world class on its day.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Easy paddle out once off the sharp, urchin infested rocks.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

OK

Additional Information

Hazards

Heavy waves, shallow ledge, urchins.

Access

Visible from town, access via piste road opposite campsite. Parking by the break.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Flat slab reef with sand and urchins.

Best Season

Best September to May.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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