Just got back from a month in Samara and thought I'd post this in case anyone else is having as much trouble finding surf info as I did before we left.
The short answer: do NOT go to Samara if you are looking for a destination surf spot.
NOW, we absolutely LOVED this town and would highly recommend it as one of the coolest places on earth to chill and hang out- which we did everyday. BUT the surfing is pretty much not worth it.
Here's why: nobody mentions it on the Internet but it's common knowledge in town (much to the dismay of the half dozen surf schools I might add) that the recent massive earthquake raised the barrier reef in the bay by almost 6 feet! Once barely visible during low tide, the reef is now a giant rock wall that stops pretty much all the surf even at high tide. All that really makes it through are small closeout waves that break very close to the beach.
Everyone online also trumpets Samara as the perfect beach to learn to surf, but this was quite misleading to me so I'll clarify:
Samara is the perfect beach to attempt to surf for the very first time, NOT to "learn to surf". As I mentioned before all of the waves are closeouts, meaning that they come in one long line and then collapse into whitewater in one big parallel whoosh. They do not peel or break over any sandbars or other features. This makes the waves ideal for learning to stand up on the board in whitewater and ride it straight into shore, which is what people learn to do the first time they attempt surfing.
The problem is that if you already know how to stand up on a board, but actually want to learn to surf a wave (like me) by turning into the wave and riding it- it's virtually impossible because by the time you've stood up the wave has crashed straight forward and doesn't break to the right or left.
There are a handful of really, really good local guys who can get out there with TINY little boards and pull off a couple of turns when a larger set comes, but for anyone trying to learn- forget it.
Again, we absolutely loved this truly special town but unless you've never surfed and you're only ambition is to stand up for the first time it's not really a surf destination anymore.