One of the best surfing spots in Rio, the waves at Arpoador are neatly formed in crystal clear waters against a stunning backdrop. The rolling waves break near the rocks and the strong currents make for a quick re-entry into the surf. Arpoador is small by surfing standards, demanding surfers to be vigilant of both the waves and fellow surfers who all scramble to catch the same wave. One wonderful advantage point of Arpoador is the well-lit area allows for night surfing. Many schools use the early hours of Saturday morning to teach beginners the basics of surfing.