Sal, Cape Verde

Kitesurfing in Sal

Sal in Cape Verde is a world renowned kitesurfing destination thanks to its wind statistics, the variety of spots to start or excel, the quality of its waves and the level of Cape Verdean kitesurfers. In addition to the optimal conditions for kitesurfing, Sal offers a relaxed lifestyle against the backdrop of Cape Verde music just as enchanting as Cape Verdean Creole. Kitesurfing is king in Sal but you can taste all the other water sports such as surfing, stand up paddle (SUP), windsurfing, scuba diving. The beautiful ocean will delight you with its colors, its abundance of fish that you will discover underwater, on your plate or when fishing boats arrive on the magnificent and picturesque pontoon of Santa Maria. The disused salt flats from which the name of the island comes from, “Sal”, is a visit not to be missed. Or one of the most beautiful dives in Cape Verde.

Perhaps you will be in Sal at the same time as the mythical carnival of Espargos … In the evening, you will appreciate the sweetness of the streets of Santa Maria for a drink, enjoy an ice cream, discreetly encourage the locals during their soccer training . Fiestas lovers will not be disappointed between the typical restaurants, the small peaceful bars or very lively, especially on Saturday evening when some bars close their doors to raise the ambient temperature on the dance floors! Odile, your kitesurf expert agent on the island of Sal in Cape Verde, will tell you about good cultural, festive or aquatic plans, not to mention kitesurfing!

It never rains in Sal. From October to June, the trade winds blow almost every day. From December to April, there are exceptional wind and wave conditions; the coolest months are from December to March. During this period, it is 22 to 25 degrees during the day and 18 to 20 in the evening. The water temperature reaches 21 to 23 degrees. A 3 mm jumpsuit or shorty is recommended if you are a little chilly. The other months of the year are warmer, you can just ride in boardshorts. All season long, the Kite Beach spot is ideal for kitesurfing, whether you are a beginner or an expert, freestyle or wave. And from December to April, Cape Verde offers a multitude of spots for kite surfing. Whether you are already a strapless expert, or want to learn to ride your first wave with a directional board, the many spots on the west coast are suitable for all levels: Ponta Sino, Canoa, Secret Spot, Ali Baba, Coral Jul and the famous Ponta Preta line, a world famous spot in kite, surf and windsurf.

What are the best kite spots in Sal (Cape Verde)?
Kitebeach, Ponta Preta, Ponta Sino, Canoa, Secret Spot.

What is the best period for kiting in Sal (Cape Verde)?
It’s great for kiting in Cape Verde from October to June.

What is the water temperature in Cape Verde?
During the period suitable for kiting, the water temperature varies from 21 ° to 23 °

How strong is the wind in Sal (Cape Verde)?
The trade winds blow between 15 and 25 knots on average.

Kitesurfing conditions in Sal

The bay of Santa María, in Sal, with an extension of more than 3 km., Offers ideal conditions for kitesurfing for all levels (beginners, advanced and experts). The left side-shore wind with an average of F4 / F5 makes this beach without obstacles an ideal place for learning. In addition, for greater safety, the beach is divided into two areas, one for windsurfing and the other for kitesurfing.

Also clubs usually organize excursions to other spots such as Kite Beach (Cabeza de Salinas) so that the most advanced and expert can try different conditions and spots.

Those more adventurous and advanced in waves will also be able to explore other wave spots that are all over the island. The Ponta Preta spot with waves from 3m to 6m only 50m from the shore is a must. The lack of security and the size of the waves make this spot reserved for the very advanced ……… but it is worth going to see the pros!