Rio Surf Report
This Rio surf report has forecasts for most hotspots around the state. There is also some general info about the conditions throughout the year: When is it best to surf?
I´ve made a chart to illustrate the surf conditions in Rio around the year:
As you can see November until February is pretty flat, it then becomes better; the best months are July and August. Note that this is based on averages and that some beaches have better circumstances than others. The best waves in the state you probably have in: Geribá (Búzios), Itaúna (Saquarema), Itacoatiara (Niteroi) and Prainha (Rio).
If you want to find out where the best surf is there are several sites that offer good info. There is no place that has everything but if you put them together you get it pretty much covered. Just click on the links to go there. First let´s start with:
A site with lots of surf related stuff; what is of most interest here is the Previsão das Ondas
(English: Wave Prediction) on the top left. Just click Região Sudeste
and Rio de Janeiro will appear. By clicking here you get a very general idea of the surf conditions in that region. As you can see it has quite a few reports all over Brazil as well. To the right you also have digital photos (updated frequently) and videos from most beaches. Unfortunately only available in Portuguese.
This is a international site with loads of reports and forecasts from all over the world. You´ll find the Rio de Janeiro beaches under Brazil-South; unfortunately they only have Geribá in Búzios. The reports and forecasts are very detailed, it doesn´t get better than this. It´s a great resource if you´re planning to surf Brazil. Hopefully we´ll see more beaches from Rio here soon.
This site also offers surf forecasts from all over the world. The information is very detailed (and to me a bit messy) and for sure valuable for someone who can read it. Most importantly it has the Arpoador break which is where this link will take you by default; Arpoador is the
city break, located bang smack in the middle of everything. It´s a great site and also has lots of breaks around Brazil.
Massive with loads of beaches and cams from all around the world and most importantly many beaches in Rio (location: Brazil-Central). The reports are basic.
Tô em Búzios
On this site you have a live webcam and wave info about Geribá beach in Búzios. Just click the camera symbol on the right.
Rio Surf Report Forecasts
Below are widgets from Surflines site. It is basic forecast with wind and wave conditions. Not so detailed but you have most beaches of importance in the state of Rio.