About Coxos

Europe's best right, Coxos is the crown jewel of Portugal. The wave, which is like a reef/pointbreak, breaks along a shallow rock shelf into a very small bay. Swells muscle their way in from deep water just offshore and form into fast-moving symmetrical right walls that seem to concentrate all their power into the base of the wave rather than the lip, similar to many Hawaiian waves. There's no easy entry at Coxos. You've got to paddle like mad, get to your feet and start driving, otherwise you'll get sucked over and end up on the reef.

Source: Coxos Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Advanced to professional.

Local Vibe

Intimidating

Welcoming Intimidating

While most Portuguese surfers are very nice, Coxos is their diamond, and they can get very protective. As always, humility and respect appreciated.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Definitely an issue -- with a fairly tight takeoff zone, serious punishment if you blow it and a tight-knit cadre of locals who known the spot very well, you'll be lucky to get waves.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

One of the best waves in the country when it is working.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Definitely some work on the bigger and better days.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Not bad.

Additional Information

Hazards

Trying to get a wave.

Access

Dirt parking lot on the side of the hill.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun

Seabed

Lava reef.

Best Season

Autumn and Winter.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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