About Fajã da Areia

This wave once harnessed powerful Atlantic swells and channeled the raw energy into huge, rolling, righthand walls groomed by an equally massive point. Located on the southwest of the island, access to the lineup requires a well-timed jump off the rocks. Getting back in again can be an even bigger lottery as huge surges sweep up the rocks. Tales of surfers trapped in the lineup in building swells and fading light brought a reality check and demonstrated that this really is a break best left to those who've honed their big-wave skills. In 2003 a controversial breakwater was built along the point and its detrimental effects have had a huge impact on wave quality. According to local surfers the wave now only breaks properly in really big swells and only on the lowest part of the tide. A clear case of what many consider to be another classic lineup lost to shortsighted development.

Source: Fajã da Areia Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced when it is working properly.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Friendly and largely tolerant.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Small local crew.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Was an excellent wave now needs a special day to shine again.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

A lot of work when it gets big.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Some issues.

Additional Information


Timing the jump off the rocks.


Difficult entry and exit from rocks.

Bring Your




Best Season

Autumn and Winter.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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