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RIO Surf School, Tours & Surf Camp - Recreio Macumba, Rio de Janeiro. Brazil


RIO Surf School, Tours & Surf Camp - Recreio Macumba, Rio de Janeiro Guests overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.8 based on 5 reviews.
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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 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 Rio de Janeiro.


Whether a seasoned surfer looking for the perfect break or a beginner who wishes to learn the sport, Rio Surf Camp offer a package for everybody. Moreover we offer pick-up and drop-off service 24h/day from the main airports in town! 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!  



  • Private room… offering a nice front yard view, so you can enjoy the nature surrounding the house.
  • Double room… with A/C has optional for the hot summer days, so you can relax and enjoy your sleep. Free Wi-fi.
  • Triple room… or a double including an extra single bed, to nicely accommodate three people. 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.
  • Comfortable dorm.. A six bed mixed dorm on the top floor of the house opening out to a big balcony with hammocks to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature. This room has a speed controlled ceiling fan, cabinets and lockers, with linen and towels on request.


  • Sofas
  • Flat screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Surf videos
  • Movies
  • Laptop available for client
  • Free Wi-Fi all around the camp


  • Open from 7am to 10pm
  • Fridge
  • Gas stove
  • Oven
  • Free spices


  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Sleeping chair
  • Slack line
  • Party
  • Live music
  • BBQ nights on weekend


  • 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.
  • Convenience foods, beers, sodas and home made dinners.
  • Free parking in front of the camp under surveillance.
  • BBQ on saturday night ( upon request )
  • Laundry self-service (upon request)
  • Transport to supermarket ( upon request )
  • Airport transfer 24h/day (please let us know you exact dates of arrival and departure)


Surf Lessons

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. 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 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 Sports in Rio - IPANEMA

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.


  • Swell: east, southeast
  • Wind: east, northeast
  • Height: 2 to 6 feet
  • Bottom: sand
  • Characteristics: short and fast barrels
  • Tips: Intense crowd; respect the locals; difficult parking

Surf Sports in Rio - ARPOADOR

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.


  • Swell: east, southeast
  • Wind: east, northeast
  • Height: 2 to 10 feet
  • Bottom: sand
  • Characteristics: long lefts, maneuverable and with barrel sections
  • Tips: Intense crowd; respect the locals; difficult parking. To avoid crowds go for a night session as the point is fully lighten by strong lights.

Surf Sports in Rio - BARRA DA TIJUCA

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.


  • Swell: south, southwest, southeast, east
  • Wind: Northeast, light east
  • Height: 2 to 6 feet
  • Bottom: sand
  • Characteristics: maneuverable waves, formed by many sand hills and ditches for all over the beach
  • Tips: Choosing the right ditch, you can surf alone; parking accessible by all sea shore


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.


  • Swell: Southwest, southeast and east
  • Wind: South, Southwest
  • Heights: 2 to 8 feet
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Characteristics: maneuverable waves with long rights breaking off the rock. Towards the middle, lefts and rights break along different sand bars.
  • Tips: Next to the rock on big days and right tide you can get good right and open all the way to the sand. Just a bit down the beach, you can find multiple sand bars breaking perfect waves with nice clean pitches on good days.

Surf Sports in Rio - PRAIA DA MACUMBA

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 alsopopular 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.  


  • Swell: South, Southeast
  • Wind: East, Northeast and North
  • Height: 2 to 10 feet
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Characteristics: Long and full waves perfect for longboards and learners. Right in front of 2W street and Rio point are some of the best sand bars.
  • Tips: If you are learning, stick to “Farofinha” the sand bar just next to the rock where small waves break. On bigger days the sand bar in front of “Rico Point” (a big kiosk on the beach front) is normally the best spot. Now if you are looking for an empty space, follow the road and get to “Curvao” where smaller waves break offer good and fun moments.

Surf Sports in Rio - PRAINHA

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.


  • Swell: south, southeast
  • Wind: light southwest
  • Height: 2 to 10 feet
  • Bottom: sand
  • Characteristics: waves all over the beach right and left maneuverable on the most different conditions; very solid.
  • Tips: Prainha is a protected area with kiosks, showers, bathrooms. It is frequented by beautiful people and by the best Rio de Janeiro surfers. On the weekends, get there early to guarantee your place.

Surf Sports in Rio - GRUMARI

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.  


  • Swell: south, southwest
  • Wind: northeast, light southwest
  • Height: 2 to 10 feet
  • Bottom: sand
  • Characteristics: in the middle of the beach, waves for both sides in small and medium days. With a bigger sea, strong rights in the beach right corner.
  • Tips: a Gun can make the difference on the big days. Spots all over the beach during the week, On sunny weekends, get there early to guarantee your place.



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.


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 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, andMaracanã 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.


  • Summer (December to February): Smaller ground swells – more crowds
  • Autumn (March to May): Good consistent swells – less crowds
  • Winter  (June to August): Bigger consistent swells – few crowds
  • Spring (September to November): Often raining yet good conditions prevail – less crowds


Getting Here

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) – Airport transfer (upon request), around 45 minutes.

Airports/ Bus station R$160
Ipanema / Copacabana R$100
City center / Flamengo R$120

Major Airlines

Major airlines with daily flights to other Brazilian airports


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.


Brazil as a whole is just as safe as any other places in the world. The area where the Surf camp is located is with no doubt the safest area in Rio de Janeiro city. You will be able to walk around at any time of the day with no hassle. Of course, few “safety tips” should be observed as not wearing fantasy items that will catch people’s attention or having your camera hanging down your chest.

Entry Visa

The citizens of most nations do not need a VISA to enter Brazil, however, we strongly recommend you to check with the Brazilian consulate in your country about the requirements to enter the country. On your arrival you will get a 90 days Tourist visa that will give you plenty of time to enjoy Brazil.


The Brazilian currency is called the Real (Reais). Most places will accept cards such as VISA and MASTER CARD. They are very easy to use, as ATM machines are located within supermarkets and gas stations. If you plan to bring cash, there are money exchange shops that will exchange your money at a good rate. Traveller checks are not so recommend as they are quite hard to be exchanged.

Local transportation

The bus system in Rio de Janeiro is efficient and easy with many buses available at different schedules and routes.  Taxis are easy and affordable. We can organise taxis pick ups from the camp if needed. Car rentals are available as well, and if you want to extend you time on Brazil and travel around this beautiful area we will be able to help you.


Upon Request