Between the tourist beaches of Praia Daniela and Jurerê Internacional, little Praia do Forte offers relaxed freeride below an old fort. Cachoeira do bom Jesus has similar conditions, but is much bigger. Praia dos Ingleses hosts a decent beach-break yet isn’t so authentic as it’s swamped with Argentinean tourists in the summertime. It’s a different story on the 7.5km-long Praia do Moçambique, 'Moçamba’ for short. The route in is through a nature reserve and the total lack of facilities keeps the masses at bay. This fantastic beach offers three spots. In any swell Moçambique - Canto das Aranhas sees cross-off NNE winds hit fast, powerful, sometimes barrelling waves. Watch out for and give way to surfers! Driving past Rio Vermelho campsite through the pine nut woods there’s a launch at Moçambique - Camping. In swell, decent smackers roll in here, providing spectacular waveriding and the associated wipe-outs. Moçambique - Casinha offers smaller but perfect waves with cross-off wind. After a memorable day of riding, bask in the afterglow at one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay, or watch the fishermen navigate the entrance to Lagoa da Conceição. There are perfect freestyle conditions on the far side, and its standing-depth area is good for beginners. The beautiful verdant mountains around the lagoon also act as a wind tunnel. In southerly wind and decent S swell, Campeche is one of Brazil’s longest and best right-handers, also proudly called 'C-Bay’ by the locals in homage to South Africa’s 'J-Bay’. Even though Armação doesn’t get big, it’s experts-only in the fearsome shorebreak. Never go out alone – southe rly blows cross-off so if something breaks you’ll need a buddy for help. Heading off the island and south on the BR101, there’s a chance to hone your flat-water moves at the crescent-shaped Praia da Pinheira. The beach is stunning, yet it rarely gets crowded except for mid-summer. In contrast, Garopaba is significantly busier as it’s one of Santa Catarina’s most popular surf regions. But kiters and windsurfers also get their fill. Little entry-level waves build in the middle of the bay, but they’re no trouble in cross-onshore winds. Flat-water fans will find Lagoa de Ibiraquera an ideal playground – although it’s a bit shallow for windsurfers in places. SW is pretty consistent, NE tends to be gusty, while S swell provides big point-break style waves at Barra de Ibiraquera, one of Brazil’s best wave spots and home to windsurfing world champion Kauli Seadi. Beware of the wind shadow behind the island and the ensuing rinse-cycle risk! On a good day the wave’s highly coveted, and vociferously defended at times. It’s less crowded hence more relaxed in front of Kauli’s windsport school in the middle of the bay. Another big break in S swell is Praia da Vila in Imbituba – but it’s also a WCT venue and dominated by surfers, so give them their space. Itapirubá Norte, Itapirubá and Praia do Sol are all point-breaks with smaller waves. To reach the spots south of Laguna, you’ll need to take a 'balsa’ ferry-raft and drive sandy roads to the huge, wide beaches. Four-wheel-drive isn’t essential, but it certainly helps. It gets really crowded in summertime, but in winter the landscape and big S swells are all yours. Praia Ipuã offers similar conditions to Ibiraquera, but without the crowds. Praia da Galheta has slightly smaller waves, launch from either end of the land-spit. At Praia do Cardoso beneath 'Farol de Santa Marta’ lighthouse, experts can still ride gigantic waves in cross-offshore winds when it’s closing out almost everywhere else. But even pros struggle with the wind shadow and gusts close inshore. One last highlight is Praia Cigana where SE swell produces Santa Catarina’s longest left-hander, perfect for endless turns.
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