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Kitesufing Sao Vicente

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  • Salamansa beach- the main kitesurf spot
  • Praia Grande
  • Sao Pedro
  • Praia de Palha
  • Salamansa
Salamansa beach- the main kitesurf spot
Salamansa beach- the main kitesurf spot. Photo by Ola Markowska
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Great kiting and lots of fun things to do afterwards. That’s what you will find in Sao Vicente. Island of carnivals, festivals and moving night life, Sao Vicente is a permanent show where music, that express so many meanings and feelings in Cape Verde, is a part of the local way of life. Sao Vicente benefits of consistent trade winds during the October – July period a big empty sandy beaches, warm water and near-perfect wind. It’s a small island with the furthest points 25km from each-other. This means that it takes 15 to 30min to get to very adventurous places (Sandy Beach & Topim) through dirt tracks. The kitesurf beaches: - Salamansa the main beach. Cross-shore wind, water ranging from flat to 1.5m. No current. Huge area of sand. Very large bay meaning that if someone get into trouble he will end up downwind on the sandy beach. AT THE MOMENT: if you see 1 kiter – that is considered busy, If you see 2 kiters – that’s exceptionally busy. -Baia das Gates- totally flat and knee-waist deep. No current. Sandy beach. Space limited because of rocks -Sandy Beach – cross to cross-offshore. For the experts who want to play with the waves. Fantastic right point break with clean, hollow waves. Has channel without waves. Sandy + rock beach. -Topim – cross-offshore. For the experts who want to play with the waves. Fantastic right and left points break with clean, hollow waves. Has channel without waves. Rocky beach. -Baya Norte- cross-onshore. For the experts who want to play with the waves. Fantastic left points break with clean, waves. Current is strong here. Sandy beach. - Sao Pedro- Risky. Sandy beach. Only doable with a backup rescue boat. The wind is onshore and because of a funnel effect, extra strong (add extra 5-10 knots , so if it’s blowing 16 knots in Salamansa, it’s going to be about 23 knots at Sao Pedro). There is a beach break which can be quite high. No current at shore but a very strong current out in the sea.

Written by  Ola Markowska.

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