For those seeking the ultimate wave-riding experience, look no further than the legendary Ponta Preta in Cape Verde. This picturesque spot offers big, powerful, and glassy waves, accompanied by the most favourable offshore winds. Considered a playground for expert level riders, the waves here can soar up to six metres high, making for an adrenaline-pumping experience like no other. While the beach is rocky in places, it’s also dotted with pockets of sand, making it an ideal location for side-offshore kitesurfing when the north-easterly winds kick in.
As one of Sal’s most versatile kiting spots, Kite Beach welcomes riders of all levels with open arms. The beach’s consistent onshore and cross-onshore winds make it a top choice for kiteboarding enthusiasts, ensuring riders always have a smooth return to the sandy shoreline.
While it may be the busiest kitesurfing location on Sal, the vast three-kilometre stretch of sandy beach ensures ample space for both seasoned riders and kite schools alike, even during peak months. Those closer to the beach can expect a mild wind-blown chop and the occasional shore break, while further out on the reef, you’ll find waves perfect for shredding. So come one, come all and experience the unparalleled kiteboarding paradise that is Kite Beach.
Cape Verde offers fantastic wind conditions with consistent North-Easterly trade winds blowing between 15-25kts almost daily from November to June. The wind tends to be strong throughout the day, with the most powerful gusts occurring from 9am to 3pm. Kite Beach is the primary kitesurfing spot on Sal, as it faces east and provides less turbulent, onshore wind compared to other south or west facing locations.
The winter months offer pleasant temperatures of around 22ºC, and the water temperature is only slightly cooler. Most kitesurfers will find a 3/2mm shorty wetsuit suitable for full-day kiting sessions, while board shorts may suffice on warmer days later in the season. Regardless of the time of year, it’s essential to apply sunscreen.
Wind directions include NNE, NE, and E, and the windiest months are November, December, January, February, March, April, and June.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Located just a six-hour flight from most major European cities, Sal offers kite enthusiasts the promise of strong and reliable winds from October to May.
WHAT TO DO ON A WINDLESS DAY?
Cape Verde offers diverse activities such as diving, surfing, SUP, wakeboarding, deep-sea fishing, sailing, island tours, and quad-tours. The underwater world boasts a mix of tropical and Mediterranean marine life, while the waves and shallow waters are perfect for surfing and SUP. Non-kiters can opt for sailing, and hunters can join fishing trips. Island tours and quad-tours are available for those who want to explore the island.