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From Florianópolis, wich is Santa Catarina's capital, drive north throught the BR-101 Highway for around 150km. Then take the BR-280 Highway heading São Francisco do Sul Island. After getting into the BR-280, it is going to take you more 50 minutes drive to reach the spot. When you cross the rail road, the BR-280 Highway will become SC-301 Highway. Drive until the end of it. It is in the neighborhood called Enseada.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Prainha
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
PowerFast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
It is a small beach, good structure with restaurants and hotels. You park your car in front of the beach. No need to worry about robbery, very safe place. The wave is very strong and consistant, always. If somewhere around has no waves, be sure you'll find them at Prainha. The best swell direction is SE and the best wind is NW or W, wich is more common early in the morning. Best spot is in the southern corner of the beach, where you find the righthander. In front of the life guard house, you'll ride both lefthanders and righthanders. On the northern corner, you'll find the lefthanders, but they are not so often and so good as the others. Get prepared for tubes on the inside section. Outside section is for manouvers. Due to the strong Rip currents, look where the local surfers are entring to access. If you are not used to this beach enter in front of the Life guard post and once ouside of the breaking point. Surfing close to the rocks can be dangerous for whom that don't know the dynamic of the water streams.
Prainha is located in a very structured neighborhood. There are hotels, restaurants, gas stations, internet, police department, drug stores, clubs and so on. Beautiful sight around and at least more 5 spots in the area (less than 5km distant): Grande beach, Ubatuba beach, Itaguaçu beach, Turttle beach, and the Petrobras Pier. For more information about São Franciso do Sul Island, access http://www.saofranciscodosul.com.br/
This is the best spot in the São Francisco do Sul Island. The wave is very powerfull and funny. Best size is 3ft - 4ft. Very nice structure around, very nice sight in the area. In Summer time there are a lot of parties and beautiful girls.
By Anonymous , 25-04-2007
JamieBu - This is North SC, not south on Ilha Sao Francisco.The first place I surfed in Brazil.The Local Boyz/ Surfclub took me in and treated me as one of their own. Falou Brodes- Henrique e tudo e galera local , abraco e muitos ondas par voces- sua amigo Escoces Jamie. Prainha and Praia Grande both are consistant and get epic in the right conditions. despite my experience the Island is known for localism and I've seen the boys have a go at a few interlopers before.
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