RIO Surfcamp, Surf School & ToursRio de Janeiro, Recreio Macumba, Brazil
IntroductionA 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 minutes walking from the Surfing beach of Macumba.
The Rio Surf house is a spacious building in a tropical garden.. a fun, friendly and spacious surf house and surf school in Río de Janeiro.
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 this area.
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 surf spots. 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 favorite hangout beaches for surfers, famous actors, and Brazilian hot bodies.. These are the safest, cleanest and most relaxed beaches around Rio!
In a quiet area of the lively seaside resort of Recreio, the Surfcamp is a spacious surf style designed house just 2 minutes walking from the Surfing beach of Macumba.
Surrounded by a tropical garden the surf house comprises clean and comfortable newly designed room with full bedding for your stay to be perfect.
The heart of the surf house 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 a laptop available for client and free Wi-Fi all around the camp.
The surf camp kitchen is free to use and fully equipped with a fridge to store food, gas stove, oven and free spices. You're welcome to use it from 7 am - 10 pm.
The breakfast is served every morning under the palm trees, in the garden, with fresh Brazilian coffee, tea, fruit juice, a plate of fresh fruits and fresh bread rolls with ham, cheese and jam.
In addition, you can combine surf with party, live music, BBQ nights on weekend, city tour and more...
Shared or Private accommodation
Double room... with A/C has optional for the hot summer days, so you can relax and enjoy your sleep. Free Wi-fi.
Quadruple room... with A/C for the hot nights and free Wi-Fi. It also has an extra bunk-bed in to accommodate groups up to 4 people.
Shared room... a six bed mixed dorm to accommodate travelers on a budget, located in the bottom floor next to all communal areas, with 2 ceiling fans, bed linen and towels for rent if wanted.
Surf house Facilities:
Rio De Janeiro is the Mecca of surfing in Brazil. The Surfcamp ideal location in Rio is second to none, offering the pleasure of tropical beaches, uncrowded waves, and consistent swells year round. There are several beautiful beach breaks to choose: 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.
Locals know that this is the place where you can get away from the city into a tropical paradise filled with palm trees, secluded bush walks and perfect waves. All of this only 30 minutes from Copacabana yet miles away from the fast pace and bustle of the city beaches.
All classes begin with stretching and warm up, so the students start to get in the mood of surfing. 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.
In association with one of the best shapers in Brazil, the Surfcamp has an on the spot Surf Shop with a shaping room. The surf shop offers brand new and used surfboards off the rack as well as a variety of surf gears that will get you in the water right away. If you want take advantage of the prices of surf boards 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 customized board and will have a "magic stick" just waiting for you.
Surf Spots in Rio - Comments and Swell/wind conditions
World famous beach, got know by the famous songs "Garota de Ipanema". The beach is aproximately 2 kms long, with tall buildings on its entire extension. It offers a wide selection of hotels and restaurants perfectly set for tourists from over the world.
On its perfect days, this beach break offers multiple sand bars with fast, short and hollow waves. During the 70`s the "pier" offered perfect waves. Nowadays, you still can see a bit of the structure of it around "Posto 8" where on good days the waves offer perfect walls with quick barrels.
On the big south swells, the " Sao Sebastiao" slab offers large barrels that can be ridden by the experienced surfers.
Arpoador is rated as one of the best waves of Rio. Long with maneuverable walls it breaks for over 200 mts on a sand bottom. The crowd is normally intense and locals can be aggressive sometimes. But even then it is worth paddle out on good days, specially with east or southeast swell and east, north or northeast light winds when conditions get perfect.
Barra is one of the most famous spots within Rio, not only because it holds some of the major surf events in Brazil including the WT, but because of its waves that on the goods days offer long ridable shoulders and fast and hollow barrels. It is the longest beach in Rio with 17 kms. Along the stretcht it is possible to find perfect sand bards - specially after the big storms - and hidden slabs that offer good waves with the right conditions.
The "Reserva" area, offers empty line ups on the week days, so if you are lucky you can score good waves with only your friends around.
Recreio is located at south end of Barra da Tijuca. There are a multiple sand banks along the beach that can offer perfect "A" frames on the good days. At the further south end, a good right breaks along the rock on east or southeast swell and southwest wind. It is a good option for beginners and for big riders holding waves up to 8ft.
Praia da Macumba or Do Pontal is a beautifull beach that hold big swells. It is divided by a set of rocks right in the middle. One side is really popular for long boarders as the waves are fuller and long, breaking differently from most breaks around Rio. This side is also popular amongst beginners as smaller waves break close to the "Pedra do Pontal". On the other side of the rocks, the waves are faster and hollow offering good barrels, specially in front of "CCB". This are is popular for body boarders.
Prainha is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Rio. Surrounded by a backdrop with trees, there are no buildings making an amazing scenery. Being an protected area, the waves break all year around on different sand bars along the beach.
Just next to Prainha we have Grumari. Another beautiful and isolated beach, Grumari offers nice and empty waves specially on the week days. The best conditions are during the south or southeast swells when the right corner offer long and powerful rights. On the smaller days, there are waves breaking all the way along the beach.
We can comfortably accommodate in different type of accommodation ( shared room, single, double, triple, quadruple and dorm ) all year long!
In order to gain the most from your surf experience in Rio we suggest to book a whole week package including surf classes and materials rental.
Shorter stay and Surfaris pack are available under request!
BEGINNERS Surf Camp
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INTENSIVE Surf Camp
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ADVANCED Surf Camp
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Rio de Janeiro
A two minute walking 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 surf house. 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.
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 characterized 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 neighborhoods.
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 32º C - 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.
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.