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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.

 

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Kiting in Prea

 

 

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.

 

 

Getting around

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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What Every Kitesurfer Must Do – Kiteboarding in Jericoacoara

Crystal blue lagoons, calm waters and impressive sand dunes – that’s what you can expect when planning a kiteboarding trip to Jericoacoara in Ceara, Brazil’s kitesurfing mecca. It’s an easy 300 km bus ride from Fortaleza airport that will take you to beautiful beaches and warm water all year round in about four hours. But it’s worth it as the dunes are part of the wind promise of Brazil’s northwest. The clearer the sky, the stronger the winds as the dunes heat up and create local thermic effects. The best time to go is between August and January where the wind blows strongly all day, almost every day, but you can still catch some great days in February if the sky remains clear.

 

 

Amazing downwinders!

 

 

A small fishing village gone kitesurfing hot spot

 

Jeri, as the locals call it, is a remote, laid-back beach town and a great base to start your downwinders or plan day trips to the surrounding lagoons by buggy and 4×4. The town used to be an undisturbed small fishing village. Today you’ll meet plenty of kitesurfers and windsurfers plus backpackers and the odd honeymooner. It’s a lively, colorful place build on dunes and if there’s something this place doesn’t lack it’s sand. You can be sure to have a great time and a relaxing kitesurfing holiday.

 

 

Take advantage of the surrounding spots

 

Jeri’s own beach is only something for the locals and very experienced kiteboarders as the wind often come in gusty and blows mainly side-offshore. Plus it can get very crowded. For better kitesurfing conditions it is recommended to travel the 15km up the coast to Preá where you’ll find a wide sandy beach and the wind is mainly side-onshore. Guriú and Tatajuba are also worth a trip with mainly sideshore winds.

 

 

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Don’t miss the superb downwinders

 

To get to Guriú you can launch your kite in Jeri and kite the 10 km downwind till you get to the Rio Guriú with nice flat water riding conditions in the river mouth. Or you go for the waves out on the ocean. If you don’t have someone tagging along with a car you can try to catch a ride home at the Rio Guriú raft point, as all 4×4 have to cross there to get back to Jericoacoara.

 

 

Experience Brazil’s unique nature

 

A lot of kite schools offer organized kite safaris accompanying you with a beach buggy or a 4×4 vehicle. It’s a great way to experience the different lagoons along the coast and Brazil’s beautiful coastal nature like the mangroves in general.

 

Also, if you get the chance don’t miss Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. If you have enough time to squeeze a trip in your itinerary this is an absolute must see. You need a guide to enter but it is totally worth it. If you can it’s best to go at the beginning of the kite season in order to see as many pools as possible. The simply never-ending stretch of white sand and glittering pools are an experience that will blow your mind.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Kitesurfing in Cumbuco

Watching the pros in the lagoon

 

 

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.

 

 

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Beginners welcome

 

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.

 

 

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What Are Brazil’s Best kitesurfing spots?

Actually, Brazil is one great kitesurfing spot, at least when we’re looking at the northern Ceará region. There is just so much to explore!

 

 

Where it all begins – Cumbuco

 

Cumbuco certainly is Brazil’s best-known kitesurfing spot. Once a small and out-of-the-way fishing community it now is one of the world’s most famous kiteboarding spots known for turquoise waters, sandy beaches, great infrastructure, steady winds and its lovely people. 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.

 

 

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Enjoying the flat water logoons

 

 

Heading east – Barra Nova

 

Sandy beaches with lots of space to launch and land your kite. That’s Barra Nova, a kiteboarding paradise with steady winds from August to December. A secluded place that can easily be reached by car or bus from Fortaleza Airport, Barra Nova offers a lagoon with nice flat water, shallow areas and waves on the ocean side. It’s a classic beach to board spot!

 

 

Wild wild west – say Hi to Jeri

 

Jericoacoara, or short Jeri as the locals call it, has a unique „end-of-the-world“ feeling to it and is definitely worth a visit. This remote fisher village has grown to accustom windsurfers and kiteboarders alike and offers a nice mix of bars, restaurants, and a beachy flair. It’s a lively, colorful place build on dunes and if there’s something this place doesn’t lack its sand.

 

Jeri’s own beach is better left to the locals and rather experienced kitesurfers as the wind often comes in gusty and blows mainly side-offshore. For better kitesurfing conditions it is recommended to travel the 15km up the coast to Preá where you’ll find a wide sandy beach and the wind is mainly side-onshore. Guriú and Tatajuba are also worth a trip with mainly sideshore winds.

 

 

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A new star is born – Atins

 

Far up west and quite a trip from Fortaleza this is still more of an insider. Atins is the new star under the Brazilian kite spots. Kiting between white sand dunes with flat water pools will blow your mind. Winds are steady between July and January thanks to the trade winds and thermal effects created by the dunes. Sandbars and the river mouth guarantee a great flat water experience with the option to catch some waves out on the ocean. Just keep in mind to check the tide calendar.

 

 

An all-time favorite – Brazil’s downwinders

 

Brazil is famous for its downwinders. If you’re up for it and start in Cumbuco you can keep heading up the coast for one to two weeks while covering more than 600 km. Shorter downwinders take you from Cumbuco to Jeri or from Jeri to Atins. If you can, factor in a visit to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

 

 

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Looking For a Kitesurfing school in Brazil? – The Best Kite Schools available

Kiteboarding is gaining more and more popularity, but what could be better than learning how to kite under Brazil’s sun? Steady winds and warm water make for excellent learning conditions and a very promising kitesurfing holiday. Quite a nice change to Europe’s winter and the everlasting wetsuit season.

 

 

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Enjoying the incredible sunset

 

 

Best learning conditions

 

Brazil offers steady and reliable trade winds from August to December or even longer, depending on where you travel to. Being one of the best kite locations worldwide it will spoil you with shallow water, endless beaches, perfect waves and sunshine all day long. Not to forget the unique Brazilian lifestyle which will allow you to fall out of bed and straight on your board once you get a hang of it.

 

 

Versatility at its best

 

Whether you’ve just started practicing water starts, you are working on your first jumps or you want to learn how to ride strapless – Brazil has it all. There are plenty of schools to help you take your riding to the next level. All you have to do is put on your sunscreen, pick a lagoon and one of the lovely pousadas right at the beachfront.

 

 

A unique experience

 

A trip to Brazil ain’t complete without a downwinder. It’s the classic thing to do once you have gained some experience and feel confident kiteboarding in open water. The Brazilian coast is famous for its downwinders and there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you start in Barra Nova, Cumbuco or Jericoacoara is up to you and how far you want to go. There is more than 600 km of coastline to cover.

 

 

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Dive straight into your adventure

 

If you can’t wait to get started Cumbuco might be a good choice. Located less than an hours drive from Fortaleza Airport your kitesurfing holiday can start pretty much right after you have left the plane and picked up your suitcase. Cumbuco most certainly is Brazil’s best-known kitesurfing spot. Once known as a small fishing community it now is one of the world’s most famous kiteboarding spots known for its turquoise waters, sandy beaches, great infrastructure, steady winds and its lovely people. Over six kilometers of sandy beach and steady trade winds speak for themselves. It is a lively place with friendly locals, many restaurants, and quite a few funky bars as well.

 

 

Looking for a special experience

 

Ever dreamed of a far off, stunning beach to get into kitesurfing? Then look no further, Brazil’s northwestern coast might be just the place for you. Sandbars, turquoise water, steady winds and beautiful sand dunes next to inviting flat water lagoons is pretty much what you should expect when heading up to Jeri, Preá or as far as Atins to take in Brazil’s stunning nature and relaxing lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Grab your bag, book a flight and don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreens for a kitesurfing trip to remember.

 

 

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