Kitesurfing in Brazil – Discover the Best Spots
Brazil’s Atlantic coast is a mecca for kitesurfers. It’s home to some of the world’s best kitesurfing spots – most of them catering to beginners and experienced kitesurfers alike. Sandy beaches, warm water, flat kiteboarding lagoons and plenty of wave fun are just some of the highlights this beautiful holiday destination has to offer. With more than six months of reliable strong winds pretty much every day all day it is perfect for kitesurfers in search of adventure or simply a relaxing holiday.
A true kiteboarding paradise
You will be able to kite on a daily basis with conditions that are perfect to progress your skills. Exotic nature, friendly people, and a distinctive relaxed vibe are just some of the things that make a stay on Brazil’s coast so special. So get your sunnies out and get ready for some quality time lounging in shorts or bikini as your standard attire for most of the trip.
How to get there
The best way to get to Brazil’s coast is to fly in via Fortaleza’s Pinto Martins Airport. From there it’s less than an hours drive to Cumbuco, quite likely the countries most famous kite spot. How’s that for convenience? If you plan to travel further up the coast it might be smart to factor in a nights stay in Cumbuco, which is known for its relaxed vibe.
The trip up to Jericoacoara will take you five to eight hours – depending on your choice of transport – and can easily be done by bus or rental car. If going by rental car you’re best off opting for a 4×4. Transportation, in general, is easy in Brazil. Taxis are everywhere and busses are a cheap travel option as well.
Even though still cheaper than North America or parts of Europe and rather affordable for Westerners, Brazil has become South America’s most expensive country. Brazil’s currency is the Real. In the bigger cities, ATMs are the best way to get hold of some cash on arrival and it’s always good to have some cash reserves on you once you get to more remote places.
Even though busses are a good option to get from city to city the more remote kite spots on the coast are usually not that well connected by public transport. So if you like your independence it makes sense to rent a 4×4 or even hire a driver to escort you along your downwinders, especially as passing rivers and driving in deep sand can be quite challenging. Your local kite school or pousada will be more than happy to help.
BSTOKED KITESURFING EXPERIENCES IN BRAZIL
Experience perfect kite conditions
Mostly sandy and free of rocky cliffs Brazil’s coast makes for perfect kite conditions and never-ending downwinders. The wind direction varies from side-off to sideshore to side-on depending on where you go. Main kite season is between August and January when the trade winds are in our favor and blow steadily all day long almost every day.
You can leave the big kites at home – at Cumbuco at most times the lighter ladies will be fine with a 7 and you’ll see the guys sporting a 9. The further west you go, the smaller the kites usually get as the massive dunes heat up and create additional thermic effects. Also, be assured that you won’t need a wetsuit. Weather and water are warm and inviting so you can enjoy your kite sessions wearing only shorts and a lycra to protect you from the sun as you’ll quite likely be out all day.
Something for everyone
Small lagoons and river deltas can be found all along Ceara’s coast and make for great flat water kiteboarding conditions. Some of the largest flat water areas can be found in Ilha do Guajiru and Barra Grande which hardly ever get crowded. Of course, there are also some nice lagoons closer to popular spots like Cauipe right next to Cumbuco. If your passion is more in the waves there are plenty to play with as well. Taiba is known for a nice swell. Almost as varied as the riding conditions is the offered accommodation. While you will find nice hotels and kite villages of all sizes and standards along the shore a lot of kitesurfers opt for a stay in a pousada, a typical Brazilian guest house which often offers local cuisine as well.
Off the beaten track
If you’re up for even less crowded flatwater spots with more moderate winds, then you may want to head south from Fortaleza. Here you’ll find your very own paradise visiting places like Barra Nova, Parajuru, Macau, Galinhos, Sao Miguel do Gostoso or Tibau do Sul. Just keep in mind, that the further south you go, the more the likeliness of an occasional day without wind will increase. That being said, during the main season the wind statistics still remain on par with many other top spots in the world.
Even the very south of Brazil between Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre has its share of awesome spots for kitesurfing (e.g. Ilhabela, Ibiraquera, Campeche) but the wind stats can’t match the kite heaven in the north. Still, if you happen to be passing through it’s definitely worth a trip to the beach.
A trip to remember
A kiteboarding trip to Brazil ain’t complete without a downwinder experience. Given the steady sideshore winds, it’s the natural thing to do and there is a wide variety of trips on offer if you want to go further than just a day trip to the next village. If you have enough time and feel confident in your fitness and riding skills you can start as low as Barra Nova and have a guide take you all the way up past Cumbuco and Jericoacoara to Atkins which covers a distance of more than 600 km. It’s a nature experience you’ll never forget, feeling one with the ocean and its steady movements even though you’ve long touched shore.