The best time to surf at Fernando de Noronha – as opposed to the rest of Brazil – is December to March, when the best swell comes in from the winter storms of the icy North Atlantic. Surfing is possible on the shore facing the mainland, or the “Inner Sea”, with the best beaches being Cacimba do Padre, Boldró, Biboca, Cachorro, Bode, Conceicao and Meio.
The waves generally average 2 m ( 7 ft) but can go as high as 5 m ( 16 ft). It is a good idea to bring your own surf board, as there are no surf stores on the island, though a few places do offer board rentals. A few rounds of the National Surf Championship are conducted at Fernando de Noronha and the Hang Loose Pro competition, held annually in February, is a good time to meet up with surf enthusiasts from all over the world.
Often experts will even guide novices and children who have never surfed before on how to maneuver the waves. The Fernando de Noronha Surf Association will provide you with all the required information you need, for surfing at the island.
Just as with the rest of the tourist activities at Fernando de Noronha, even surfing and its tournaments are integrated with the island’s preservation. For example, Hang Loose, the sponsors of one of the professional surfing championships, has an entire department called “Surf Roots” dedicated to ecological conservation, with a special focus on Fernando de Noronha.
The tournament’s venue is also constructed keeping in mind that it is the habitation of marine life and has strict daily start and finish times, so as not to interfere with the habits of these creatures. The company also maintains a nursery on the island, which aims at assisting reforesting projects in the archipelago and along with the national park promotes awareness amongst locals and tourists.