Prainha Beach in Rio de Janeiro is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has very consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the northwest with some shelter from west winds as well. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the South. Waves at the beach break both left and right and in addition there are both left and right hand reef breaks. Prainha is surfable at all stages of the tide. It’s sometimes super crowded and the vibe is always competitive.
While the beach is beautiful enough on its own Prainha also has an Environmental Park where you can see animals living in their natural habitat like snakes and monkeys.
Photos & Words: Felipe Fiorito