Tonel, Portugal

Discipline: Surf

Surf Difficulty: All levels depending on the swell.

The most consistent of the Sagres beaches is generally pretty average. Lower tidal stages on the push are better as is a W swell. It doesn’t pick up as much swell as the west coast so it is a popular place for beginner/intermediates and the many local bodyboarders.

The spot is surrounded by cliffs but they are not dangerous. The beach is small compared to the others Portuguese beaches.
Its possible to rent a board and a full wet suit right on the beach, in fact there is a small shack on the right entering the beach that offers pretty decent equipment.
The problems with this beach are the freezing water all year around and that it gets really crowded during the high season.
 In this beach beginners and experts mix and try to enjoy the spot together with pretty good results (usually).
I personally believe that if you are a beginner or you want to start surfing, this is the place to be in Portugal.
Swell consistency:
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