Tips for Kitesurfing in Brazil

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Brazil is one of the best kiteboarding destinations in the world. With so many places to choose from, I guarantee you’ll have the best experience. You don’t need to check the wind forecast, it’s windy every day! Whether you’re just starting or you’re an advanced kiteboarder wanting to improve your riding, Brazil offers it all.

What makes Brazil so Perfect

The variety of spots, conditions and amazing wind make Brazil the perfect kiteboarding destination. Find butter flat conditions in the many lagoons, fun waves with powerful wind and an amazing community of kiteboarders and friendly locals. You can leave your big kites at home because the wind is strong in Brazil. The further west you go the stronger the wind becomes. The wind is lighter and less consistent in the south.

Going kitesurfing in Brazil is a lifetime experience. Each year the best riders of the planet go to Brazil to train thanks to it’s long cost stroked by the constant trade winds. The coast is so long and varied that you’ll find what you’re looking for, from freestyle to big air, from freeride to wave riding.

Here is some basic information you will need to wrap your head around before planning your trip. Don’t forget that this article is written solely for the purpose of a kiting trip to Brazil

Overview

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Wind: Moderate, Strong
Spot conditions: Shallow, Flat, Small waves, Big waves, Choppy
Suitable for: Family, Solo traveler, Group, Couple
Ambience: Wilderness, Relaxed, Lively Bars, Parties & Clubs

Pros and Cons

+ Amazing variety of flat water and wave spots
+ You can practise all kitesurf disciplines
+ Strong, reliable winds
+ You can let you wetsuite at home
+ Downwind, is a kite trip to do at least once in your lifetime
 Not many other activities
 Can be expensive in peak season

Infrastructure in Brazil

Most kite spots in Brazil are in small, secluded fishing villages. The towns are small you are able to find supermarkets, restaurants with sea food, or you could find local BBQ stands as a cheaper dining option.

In my opinion the best choice are the sea food dishes. Here we have many options like schrimp, lobster and many kinds of fish.

Language

Our official language is portuguese , but the local dialact in the north is even more difficult to understand compared to to south of Brazil. But do not be worried, the people are nice and if you speak spanish you can communicate with them.
Usually you will find some hotels/pousadas and restaurants with owners that speaks english too.

Internet connection

It depends on the villages but normally you can find a good wifi (not broadband connection)in the hotels.
Here in Icaraizinho de Amontada you should buy a chip from VIVO operator to have mobile connection. It’s easy to find “Pré-pago chip”, it’s a chip that you could recharge with money to have local calls and internet connection.

Credit card and ATM ?

This is a big problem in the brazilian north east. There are not a lot of bank where you can withdraw money and most of them has a small withdrawal limit (be careful to chose Real and not Euro otherwise you are going to pay an higher fee). It’s highly possible that you are gonna be run out of cash so it’s better to pay with credit card in hotels and restaurants.  For sure you can find ATM in Fortaleza but as son as you head north it’s going to be easy to find one. In most part of the small villages you are not going to find any ATM.
Here in Icaraí de Amontada, you could find 2 places to exchange money with extra tax.

So be ready to have enough cash when you leave Fortaleza.

Accommodations in Brazil

You will find nice hotels and kite villages all along the coast though staying in a pousada (a typical Brazilian guest house) which often offers local cuisine as well. Additional beachfront accommodations can be found all along the coast including hostels and beach houses. Whether you are along, a couple or a group there is suitable accommodation options for you.

We are organizing a new post with some nice places that our guests usually book in other spots.

Food in Brazil 

Brazilian food is generally pretty heavy. They love to eat meat.

Açaí bowls was probably my favorite dish, I would eat it every morning for breakfast and sometimes again at lunch. It’s basically a superfood that you blend with bananas, top it with granola, fruits and honey. It’s very filling and fresh. If you like tropical fruits, mangos and coconut are delicious and super refreshing! Aside of eating tons of smoothies and fruits, I ate a lot of rice, beans and chicken.

If you’re eating out and want to have a drink, make sure to try a Caipirinhas. It’s a Brazilian cocktail that is made with a mix of limes, crushed ice and cachaca. It’s simple but amazingly good! You would be missing out if you didn’t.

Travel, Nightlife and Other Activities

Brazil is the perfect place to wind down, enjoy nature and kiteboard everyday! Other activities include sandboarding, yoga, SUP, buggy tours, surfing or relaxing on the beach. If you are looking for a party, Jericoacoara is the place to be!

The best kitesurf spots in Brazil

Icaraizinho

Icaraizinho (‘little Icaraí do Amontada’)’s six kilometres (3.7 miles) of beach receive almost perfect kiting conditions that, coupled with the peace and emptiness of the area, attract riders who want to get out on the waves by day and take it truly easy in the evenings. The wind blows up to 30 knots, getting stronger and more blustery in the afternoons. There are flat areas to the south and plenty of bumps and jumps heading north, as well as lesser-known beaches to be discovered.

Jericoacoara

Kite and windsurfers have had a hand in putting Jericoacoara on the map and helping it become the tourist hub it is today – until the 1980s it was a undisturbed fishing hamlet. These days backpackers and honeymooners, as well as surfers and boarders arrive year-round. The kiting on Jeri’s own beach has its limitations and can be busy with others on the water. Preá, however is just 15km (9.3 miles) down the coast. The beach there offers some of the country’s best kitesurfing, as well a large school.

Barra Grande

Barra Grande in Piauí (not Bahia) is an emerging kiting destination. As it is 250km (155 miles) west of Jericoacoara (which is challenging enough to get to in its own right), reaching this sleepy town takes time and effort. For serious kiters, however, it is worth it. The conditions – a constant wind of 18-28 knots, soft sand beaches and seawater lagoons – give good kiting for beginners as well as enough to entertain the pros too.

São Miguel do Gostoso

From November to January, the water off São Miguel do Gostoso in Rio Grande do Norte is thick with kitesurfers. The laid-back little town is rustic though well-connected and has four main beaches that all offer something different. The main bay is flat and sandy, with clear shallows at low tide. Others have plenty of wave-riding and jump opportunities in the peak season.

Cumbuco

On top of a well-deserved reputation as a top kiting resort, Cumbuco also has convenience in its favour. A mere 30 minutes from Fortaleza, you can hop off an international flight and be on the beach in no time at all. The infrastructure around is well developed and its a social place so expect plenty of fellow kiters, kit shops, course and schools, as well as permanently blowing wind and idyllic sea lagoons.

Cumbuco is also a really popular kiting spot. Very similar to Taiba but even more crowded. It’s approximately 25 mins car ride from Taiba. Again, you have both options to kite the lagoon or the ocean waves. There are a couple bars and restaurants around where you can enjoy some freshly caught fish and of course some local drinks. Looking for lessons? Cumbuco has a kite school with IKO certified instructors.

Taiba

For the wave junkies, Taiba is the place to go. It is another small fishing village on the coast north of Fortaleza with waves that reach up to two metres (6.6 feet) high. Serious boarders flock to the bay to practice their tricks, while flat-water riders head to the lagoon. It is less well known than other spots so tends to be less crowded as well as postcard perfect.

On one side you can find the ocean and on the other side you can ride the lagoon. On the oceanside you can find big waves and closeout beach break during high tide or medium sized waves during low tide. You can kitesurf from the end of the bay (named Taibinha) and downwind for 4km jump off your board walk across and ride the lagoon. The lagoon is the perfect spot to ride flat shallow water and learn new freestyle tricks. If you want to watch the pros, Taiba’s Lagoon is where you will find some of the best kiteboarders in the world. You can’t miss them they all hangout at the tip of the lagoon and they go hard. This spot is also really good to take lessons and learn how to kite as it’s super shallow and ideal when learning. The only downside to this spot is that from October-November it gets very crowded, so if you’re not intermediate to advanced rider you might feel intimidated and uncomfortable.

Feel like doing a downwinder? You can start in Taiba and make your way downwind to Paracuru. It should take you about 2-3 hours depending on your level. Paracuru is a small beach town with lots of restaurants, bars, pousadas located about 10 mins from the village. It has everything you need if you need from lessons, rentals, kite trips, repairs, shops etc. You can get there either kiting or driving your buggy during low tide. The beach is super long and wide which gives kiteboarders plenty space to set up. The best conditions are at low tide with flat water inside the reef.

All inclusive Kitesurf Brazil Packages

Choose one of our excellent kiteboarding travel packages, you won’t have to spend your valuable time planning your kiteboarding holidays in Brazil and save money with our great offers. Some of the following kitesurfing packages includes accommodation, kitesurfing lessons, kite safaris, transportation and food (optional). Remember that you can take more hours kite lessons or more nights. We can set up a special kite surf package according your needs for the best kiteboarding vacations ever.

About The Spot of Icaraizinho de Amontada – Ceará

Icaraizinho is the nick name for the kitesurf spot at Icarai do Amontada. Icaraizinho  is a remote authentic quite village, with strong wind. Two Kitesurf beaches at the ends of the bay. Kite conditions at the upwind side are flat shallow and some wave at the downwind kite beach. Icaraizinho is a must stoping spot in the kitesurfing downwind trip from Cumbuco to Jericoacoara.

The wind in this part of Northern Brazil is ridiculously reliable and counted as one of the most reliable wind spots in the world between June and January, with the period from September to December being especially strong. This is a great location for a Christmas and/or New Year kitesurf holiday; but please book early for this (at least 6 month ahead).

The wind blows and at 24-28 knots at season, and  often go above 30 knots. Wind direction side shore to side onshore. The wind is lighter in the morning gets stronger and gustier in the afternoon.

Don’t worry, we organize your trip!


5 days Kitesurf All Inclusive Vacation Packages includes:

  • 5 days of Accomodation in confortable wood bungalows with air-conditioner, jacuzzi, king size bed, minibar and privacy;
  • Transfers in/out Fortaleza > Icaraizinho > Fortaleza (We can change, if you want to go to Jericoacoara, for example)
  • Private service for Breakfast. Book the best time for your group
  • 01 meal per day (lunch or Dinner, but you can choose 2 meals)
  • 4 days of kitesurfing in different spots around Icaraizinho, every day. Patos Lagoon, Caetanos Beach and Lagoon, Icaraizinho Bay, Secret Spot, Guajiru Island and Aracatiaçu River.
  • * Add kitesurf lessons or Photograph service optional
  • * Insurance not included
  • * Kitesurf equipment not included

Prices per people starts on 100 Euros per day for Bungalows Premium with 4 people.

The Kitesurf spot of Icaraizinho


We proudly offer quality service for your group. Check our website and views the details of the wood bungalows.

Include other brazilian kite spots

We can arrange and organize trips starting in Fortaleza (International Airport), including one or more spots in a tailor made expedition of your dreams.

Brazil has many famous spots, but you need assistance to choose the best one that fits your goals. Some places are more crowded, for example.

Brazilian kite spots near us

  • Cumbuco (Cauípe Lagoon)
  • Taíba (Waves and Lagoon)
  • Paracuru
  • Ilha do Guajiru
  • Preá / Jericoacoara
  • Macapá (Piauí)
  • Barra Grande
  • Atins

How to get to Icaraizinho?

If you are outside Brazil, choose Fortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceará.

Some Airlines fly to Fortaleza from outside of Brazil. Here is a list:

Flights to Fortaleza International Airport

Europe

  • Tap – Air Portugal (Every day)
  • Air Europa – Spain
  • Joon (Air France) – France
  • KLM – Amsterdam

South America

North and Central America

Africa

  • TACV – Cabo Verde

From Fortaleza to Icaraizinho

You spend around 3 hours, by car, to arrive in Icaraizinho. The most part of the road was duplicated  in 2016, and it’s not necessary to have a 4×4 car. The total distance is 200km.

  • Transfer by car: Our Pousada could book a driver for you. It’s not our service but we know drivers to do the transfer for you, from your hotel or airport. It’s the easiest way to arrive.
    Each way cost around R$ 450,00.
  • Rent a car: There are many companies to rent a car. It’s a gof you want to visit other cities in the coast, and here you could use to go to restaurants and different points of the beach.
    It’s not necessary to rent a 4×4 car.

Ask us about bookings, kite trips, tips using the email reservas@hulahulabrazil.com