About Praia da Bordeira

At the southern end of Praia da Bordeira the clifftop car park overlooks a left hand point break which peels over sand in front of the rocky headland towards the rivermouth. Best from low to mid on the push, it can produce long, quality, walling waves. As the tide fills in, the rivermouth can turn on with hollow, punchy rights. Looking north the huge beach has sandbanks all along, becoming increasingly empty. This is an exposed beach frustratingly susceptible to winds. Overall one of the region's top spots.

Source: Praia da Bordeira Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beach good for all, point best left to experienced surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Any crowds tend to congregate at southern end of beach - a short walk will yield empty peaks.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Regional classic - excellent, fun left point with hollow rights in the rivermouth plus long flexible beach. Susceptible to winds.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Can be a lot of water moving around so rips can be bad.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Rocks in front of point, heavy and rippy around rivermouth.


Car park on cliff top at southern end of beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, sup, bodyboard



Best Season

Best September to May.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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