RIO Surfcamp, Surf School & ToursRio de Janeiro, Recreio Macumba, Brazil
A 30 minute drive from Copacabana and downtown Rio, in the lively seaside resort of Recreio dos Bandeirantes, the Surfcamp enjoy a perfect location just a two minute walk from the Surfing beach of Macumba, this is a fun, friendly and spacious surf hostel and surf school in Río de Janeiro, at a two minutes walk to the white sandy beach of Praia da Macumba. With waves all year round, it’s the perfect spot for a surf camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The area of Macumba and Recreio is ranked as the best and most consistent surf beaches in Rio and was the venue of the 2008 Girls WQS and WCT (world top 44 surfers competition). Macumba-Recreio is also in the middle of a surfing area with 7 famous surfspots. A short drive away are the secluded beaches of Prainha and Grumari, which have amazing pristine jungle mountain backdrop, and on a hot weekend day, are the favourite hangout beaches for surfers, famous actors, and Brazilian hot bodies ! These are the safest, cleanest and most relaxed beaches around Rio.
The Surfhouse is a spacious building in a tropical garden just a 2 min. walk from the Surfing beach of Macumba. Whether a seasoned surfer looking for the perfect break, or a beginner who wishes to learn the sport, Rio Surfcamp offer a package for everybody, from surf lessons with fully qualified and passionate Instructors that will show you the basics to surfaris with highly experienced guides that take you to the best surf spots of the day. In addition, you can combine surf with yoga, capoeira or partying in Rio.
In a quiet area of the lively seaside resort of Recreio, the Surfhostel is a spacious surf style designed house just a 2 min. walk from the Surfing beach of Macumba. Surrounded by a tropical garden the surfhouse comprises clean and comfortable newly designed room with full bedding for your stay to be perfect. The heart of the surfhouse is the comfortable living room with sofas flat screen TV and DVD player with a big selection of surf videos and movies. There is also an internet corner with computer and printer. The coming kitchen is fully equipped and this is where your breakfast will be ready for you every morning with fresh Brazilian coffee, tea, fruit juice, a plate of fresh fruits and fresh bread rolls with ham, cheese and jam. When the weather is fine, breakfast is served in the garden under the palm trees. The new bar area is the perfect hang out spot after a sunset surf session, with beer, sodas and bottled water at fair prices. Feel free to put some meat on the BBQ whenever you’re up for it!
You’re welcome to use the kitchen, with a fridge to store food, gas stove, oven and free spices. The kitchen is open from 8am to 10pm.
Rio De Janeiro is the Mecca of surfing in Brazil. The Surfcamp ideal location in Rio is second to none, offering the likes of tropical beaches, uncrowded waves, and consistent swells year round. There are several beautiful beach breaks to choose from, ranging from beginner to advanced depending on ability and experience. Rio receives constant good swell from the southern seas as the coastline is facing due south and thanks to its wide southern swell window, there are always waves.
One of the most diverse cities in the world, Rio De Janeiro has a great atmosphere and beautiful beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema. But there is also another lesser known side to Rio still somewhat untouched and preserved, and Recreio is one of these untouched part that travellers have yet to discover. Locals know about it as a place where you can get away from the city and into a tropical paradise filled with palm trees, secluded bush walks and perfect waves. All of this only 40 minutes from Copacabana yet miles away from the fast pace and bustle of the city beaches.
Macumba-Recreio is also in in the middle of a surfing area with 7 famous surfspots. A short drive away are the secluded beaches of Prainha and Grumari, which have amazing jungle mountain backdrop and no real estate development in sight. On a hot weekend day, these are the favourite hangout beaches for surfers, famous actors, and Brazilian hot bodies ! Grumari is even the spot where the beach scene from the movie City of God was filmed. These are the safest, cleanest and most relaxed beaches around Rio.
All classes begin with stretching and warm up, so the students start to get in the mood. After that a thorough beach lesson begins so the students have a chance to listen to the instructor`s explanation and observe the demonstrations on land. Movements and techniques demonstrated by the instructor are repeated by the students so they can feel it themselves. This simulation prepares the students for getting into the water and controlling the board in the waves, paddling out, getting trough the surf and standing up. Before getting in the water the instructor also describes the waves conditions for the day and points put rip currents and sand bars, so the students can be familiar to what is happening in the water at the spot they will be surfing.
This is perfect for the intermediate and experienced surfer wanting to get the most out of his days at the Surf Camp. Local surf guides will take you to the wave of the day and take you to beaches no “regular” transport reaches, including a river mouth that breaks epic with a big south swell. Your surf guide will tell you all about the spots: where to get in, currents and the type of wave you will be paddling out to, anything to give that advantage to a first timer on that break.
Shaping room & Surf shop
In association with one of the best shapers in Brazil, the Surfcamp has an on the spot Surf Shop with a shaping room. The surfshop offers brand new and used surfboards off the rack as well as a variety of surfgears that will get you in the water right away. If you want take advantage of the prices of surfboards in Brazil and avoid the hassle of checking them in on your flights, you can either pick a surf board from the rack at your arrival or pre-order a customised board and will have a “magic stick” just waiting for you.
Surf Spots in Rio – Comments and Swell/wind conditions
Swell: east, southeast
3. Barra da Tijuca
4. Recreio do Bandeirantes
Swell: Southwest, southeast and east
5. Praia da Macumba
Swell: south, southeast
Swell: south, southwest
Rio has a Tropical climate. Swell conditions and winds don’t mess with this area much as the beaches point in many directions so they work in all swell, plus if the wind comes up over the day you will find a spot off- shore or sheltered, a big plus if you are booked with a tight schedule.
In summer, the air temperature can reach around 32-42º C (90-100º F) while the water temperature average is around 22º C (78º F). Throughout the year, you can surf in board shorts the majority of the time, although a light wetsuit is recommended as the water can become a bit chilly with easterly swells. In winter, the water is similar yet the air temperature can be a bit a cooler due to cold fronts that come in with southerly swells.
Seasons are tropical with small variations:
Rio de Janeiro
A two minute walk from the beach, the surfcamp is located in the lively seaside resort of Recreio dos Bandeireantes, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There is a Shopping mall with many restaurants and a big supermarket just a 15 min walk away from the surfhouse. Night life in town consists basically of local bars and restaurants.
Commonly known as just Rio, Rio de Janeiro is the capital city of its namesake State, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. A natural port of the Guanabara Bay in Southeast Brazil, the city was founded by the Portuguese on January 1, 1502. They named it Rio de Janeiro (River of January), under the mistaken impression that the bay was an enormous river mouth. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries during the Portuguese colonial era, and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. It is also the former capital of the Portuguese Empire. Today, Rio remains the country's media capital, an important business centre and Brazil's key tourist destination.
Rio de Janeiro is an awe-inspiring city where impossibly steep granite mountains rise from the ocean between glorious stretches of golden sand. Brash skyscrapers vie for space with impeccable colonial buildings, and lush forests tumble down hillsides into densely populated residential areas. Its diverse cultures and peoples live in varying degrees of wealth or poverty. Rich exclusive areas stand in stark contrast and close proximity to the slum areas of the "favelas". But no matter what their background or economic standing are, the Cariocas (Rio's residents) are characterised by a passion and enthusiasm for life.
The "cidade maravilhosa" (marvellous city) revels in life and is famous for its natural settings carnival celebrations, Samba, Bossa Nova and its beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ atop Corcovado mountain, Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car, Sambódromo, a giant permanent parade stand used during Carnival, and Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, becoming the first South American city to host the event and the second in Latin America after Mexico. The city also boasts the largest and second largest urban forests in the world: Floresta da Tijuca and the Pedra Branca State Park. Despite its charm and beauty, Rio is reputed to be one of the most violent cities in the world, but much of the violent crime is concentrated in the "favelas", or shantytowns, although sometimes it also spills into middle- and upper-income neighbourhoods.
Recreio dos Bandeirantes
25 min. SE from Ipanema and Copacabana Buses run regularly from Recreio (one block from the surfhouse) to the main areas of Rio city including Copacabana, Ipanema, Centro and others. Bus trip takes about one hour.
Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG), 45 min.
Major airlines with daily flights to other Brazilian airportswww.voegol.com.br
A word of caution here: Both San Paulo and Rio have more than one major airport. It is crucial to make sure your connecting flight leaves from the same airport your international flight arrives at. Experienced travellers caution against transferring between different airports.