Brazil’s gems – Kitesurfing in Cumbuco
The best season for kitesurfers to travel to Cumbuco is between August and December with steady side-shore winds between 18-26 knots every day, but July and January can still be promising.
Leave the wetsuit at home
It is a great place for beginners and experienced riders alike with many kite schools & good infrastructure around. The warm weather enables you to leave the wetsuit at home and ride in a lycra. Cumbucos’s beach is mostly wide and sandy but can get rather narrow at high tide.
A kitesurfer’s dream come true
Cumbuco probably is the best-known kiteboarding spot in all of Brazil and has reached worldwide fame for its kitesurfing qualities. Over six kilometers of sandy beach and steady trade winds speak for themselves.
The best way to get there is flying in via Fortaleza. From there it’s a 40-60 minute drive up north – so you can hop off an international flight and be at the beach in no time. How’s that for convenience? Cumbuco is a lively place with friendly locals, many restaurants, and a few bars, but if you want to go clubbing it’s better to head over to Fortaleza.
Start you kitesurfing journey here
It is such a consistent training location that you are likely to bump into many pro riders. So be prepared for the lagoon to be rather busy and also filled with swimmers and fishermen. Better to look at Cumbuco as the gate to your Brazilian kitesurfing adventures. The whole coast lies in front of you, so if you travel further up there are plenty of stellar kiting opportunities waiting for you. There is an endless number of lagoons and bays to be explored, most of them offering bed to board experiences.
BSTOKED KITESURFING EXPERIENCES IN BRAZIL
About 7 km downwind from the village center you’ll find Cauipe Lagoon – a flat freshwater lagoon that is located right on the beach. This is Cumbuco’s beginner’s heaven where most kite lessons are held. If you’re in for more action you’re better of heading to the north part of the beach. As often the best time to kite is early in the morning or at the end of the day when the wind goes down and bigger kites allow for relaxed sundowner sessions.
A great starting point for a downwind safari
If you’re already an intermediate or experienced rider and want to get to know Brazil’s coastal life with all its facets why not opt for one of the downwinders which this country is so famous for?
In six days you can go all the way from Cumbuco to Preá, exploring the coast of Ceará with its turquoise waters and sandy beaches. Once you reach Preá it’s only a short drive to Jericoacoara. The place has a special „edge-of-the-world“ feel to it, so make sure to factor in some extra time at the end of your trip before heading back to Fortaleza Airport.