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Recently we have been getting a lot of email’s from independent kite surfers wanting information on kite conditions in Sal. Due to the limited time I have to answer these emails, I thought the best thing would be to create this page.
· The best time of the year for more advanced kite surfers is November until the end of May.
· The wind range in knots is normally between 17 and 28 knots. The strongest wind months are February and March. April and May are great for consistent wind and flat water.
· The average recommended kite size is a 9m and a 12m
· Every school has a rescue boat that operates until 5pm. The average cost of a rescue is between 30 to 50euros, depending on how far out you are.
· There is NO national rescue service on the island, so if something happens to you after 5pm, there is no boat available.
· There are only rescues boats and schools in the Bay of Santa Maria and in Front of the Riu hotel. Please note there is NO rescue service at Punta Preta and anywhere up the west coast past Punta Preta, so go with a friend, go sober, and with crossed fingers.
Bay of Lembje
· The bay in front of Lembje beach is flat water and the wind is more side shore. However, launching your kite there is a little difficult as the wind is gusty when entering the water and there are rocks. You are better off launching at the other end of the bay, the Bay of Santa Maria (Where morabeza hotel, belorizonte hotel etc.) are located and then kiting up wind to the Lembje beach. During the season you can have some beautiful waves up at Lembje Point.
Bay of Santa Maria
· Bay of Santa Maria. The wind is more side off shore at the beginning of the Bay (near the pier) and more side on shore at the end of the Bay. We recommend that you launch your kite half way down the bay at the launch area (to the right of club mistral-when facing the ocean and a 4min walk on the beach from Surf Zone).
· There are no rocks or reefs here. This area is great for long runs as the water is more flat and there is more ocean space.
· We ask that you do not walk along the beach with the kite in the air here, as the wind can be a little gusty. There are many people on the beach, who would not like to be attacked by a kite.
· Here the wind is more side on shore, so you will always come back the beach. A bonus for some. · The wind is always stronger here than in the Bay of Santa Maria· However, there is also a reef, so the conditions are more wavey. If you are new to wave riding , this is a good place to start.
· You can walk up and down the beach with your kite in the air, at this location. Although a great place to kite, the secret is out, so as the years pass so do the number of people kiting here. It is a good place for an independent kiter but at certain times of the year it can be tough for beginners, with all the people. We recommend you bring water with you, but nothing valuable. Although it is a safe area, there have been incidences of theft.
· To get here, you will have to take a taxi. The cost of a pick- up truck is 15euros round trip and for a normal taxi 10euros round trip. The ride is 10 to 15min from the village of Santa Maria.
Beach in front of the Riu hotel.
· The kite surfing here is for more advanced kite surfers who are comfortable kiting in more side off shore winds. If you are, this is a great place. Conditions range from flat to more wavey. The wind is always the strongest on the island here.
· The recommended place to launch is near the sand dunes (located up wind from the water sports centre of the Riu hotel).
· There is only the Riu hotel on this side of the island. This hotel is all inclusive so you cannot enter the hotel. We recommend you bring your own water and food. There is also a great restaurant on the other side of the sand dunes, in front of Punta Preta. This spot is relatively new, so there are not many kiters here, so make sure you have someone to help you launch and land.
· We recommend that you do not walk along the beach with your kite in the air, due to the large number of sun bathers and swimmers.
· The windsurf and kitesurf area is to the right of the yellow buoys. Anything to the left of these buoys is for the boats.
· The Surf Zone at the Riu does offer paid kite storage.
· During the windy months, you will have days where the shore break is large and powerful. We cannot predict these days, as all waves on the island are dependent on ocean swells.
West Coat and Punta Preta
· Punta Preta is one of world’s most famous spots for waves. Here the waves can get up to 6 meters high. These waves are fast and strong. For kiters wanting to wave ride, Punta Preta or the number of other spots along the west coast are ideal. However, you will have to rent a car to get to these spots. (see map page on this site). Also remember there are no schools of rescue boats along the west coast, so we do not recommend venturing on your own. You can rent taxis to take you to these spots, avg. cost 30-40euros.
· There are no kite only shops on the island, so bring spare parts. It is very difficult and expensive to bring things into this island, so schools do not sell their spare parts.
· Bring loads of strong sun screen
· From November to end of May we recommend a 3mm shortie. Except for Kite Beach, you will need to have someone help you launch and land at the other spots. There are guys that work at the schools that can help, but they may not be able to always be there when you come in, as they may be assisting clients from the schools. You can sometimes find some cape verdians on the beach that for a fee (avg 10euros to 15euros can stay with you for the day and help you launch and land)
· We recommend bringing your own leashes, helmets etc. Schools may or may not rent these, depending on how full they are. If you are not used to kiting in deep water we recommend you bring a helmet and a leash, to avoid losing your board. Not fun to spend all your time body dragging after your board. Note kiting in deep water is very different from kiting in shallow water.
Now having said all this, let me say, that this is a brilliant place to kite surf. This is one of the few places in the world where you have access to 4 different areas offering different conditions in a 20min radius. Being both a kite surfer and a windsurfer, I can say with some bias, that this place offers easy, challenging, fun, and mind blowing kite and windsurfing.
· If you tear your kite and need a repair, come see us and ask for Rod. We have a work shop where we do our own repairs as well as repairs for other schools and independent kiters.
· To often we have seen people come, who have kite surfed in shallow water and spend their whole week frustrated as they just cannot get going. We recommend a 2 hours private session with one of instructors to orientate you to the area and get you going, so you can have a good kiting week.
· For more advanced kitesurfers wanting to do a down winder from kite beach to the Bay of Santa Maria, but are not sure of the conditions, we can help. We offer a 2 hour session with our most advanced kitesufer instructor. He will spend most of the time with you at kite beach working on your jumps, jibes, wave riding etc and then do a down winder with you back to Santa Maria.
· Lastly we are always selling kites are school prices, as we buy new kites every year. If you destroy yours and need a new one, come see us.
Lastly I would like to ask for a favour. As a school we teach many people who are learning to kitesurf in the areas that you will be kitesurfing. Please, when you see a beginner do not expect them to move, as they probably do not know how to. Please give them some space and remember that you were once a beginner.
Thank you and enjoy your kitesuring in Cape Verde!