How does nine months of reliable wind, good weather and epic waves sound to you? Brazil‘s Atlantic coast is a kitesurfer’s dream come true. If you want to challenge yourself with a combo of perfect conditions, physical exertion, and technical know-how – book your ticket to Brazil now.
It’s (Almost) Always Sunny
Not only is the weather amazing from June until the end of December, the water is on average a delightful 28 degrees. You can hunt down the wind if it’s not so good at your current spot. The more North you go, the better the kiteboarding conditions. Here’s a list of the best spots we recommend for kitesurfing in Brazil.
This little beachside village used to be a quiet fishing hamlet. Until the 80’s when word got out about how lovely it is. Now the place gets swamped in season by holiday-goers and surfers alike. The kiteboarding on the main beach is a bit limited at times because of its popularity. If you travel a little bit further to Preá, about 15km (9.3 miles) down the coast, you can indulge in a quieter surfing session.
When visiting Atins you’ve reached one of the Top 4 Kiteboarding flatwater spots worldwide. It is situated in a river delta by the sea, with an amazing national park on its doorstep. You can keep yourself busy for days here, with various types of conditions to choose from. Play around on the river delta’s flat water, explore the unique shallow lagoons formed between the dunes, or challenge yourself on the choppy waves of the open sea. Atins is a small fishing village that has been transformed into a kitesurfing hub, with a number of quaint Atins kitesurfing guest houses and pousadas. The conditions are perfect. It offers you constant cross-shore winds, access to shallow warm waters, and endless flat waters. Visit in the windy season from July to January and you can enjoy winds between 15 to 30 knots.
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
During the rainy season from November to May (with the peak rainfall in December to February) the sand dunes are transformed into a kiteboarding paradise. The little dips and valleys between the dunes are filled up with freshwater, creating seasonal lagoons. This happens because the rocks beneath the sand prevents the water from draining. The desert was declared a protected area in 1981, it’s 383,000-acre (155,000 ha) in total, with 70 km (43 mi) of coastline.
Reaching this idyllic spot is worth the effort. It’s 250km (155 miles) West of Jericoacoara, another challenging spot to get to. The little sleepy town is perfect for serious kiters. The seawater lagoons are ideal to become better acquainted with the sport. And it can still provide enough challenges for the pros to enjoy it as well. The wind blows at a constant 18 to 28 knots. And next to the stunning lagoons you can lounge on the silky soft sand.
It’s one of the top kiting resorts of the country. This one can be reached effortlessly, it’s only a 30-minute drive from the international airport in Fortaleza. Get ready for plenty of kitesurfing and socialising – the well-developed infrastructure includes kit shops, and schools hosting courses. With the wind always blowing, you can harness the beauty of the tranquil sea lagoons.
Barra da Tijuca
The best Brazilian kitesurfing beaches are on the North-East side of the country. But if you are visiting Rio de Janeiro you can also work in a few good surfing sessions. This 17 km (10.6 mile) beach is part of the city’s west zone. On the weekends and in the holiday season you will spot a cloud of kites on the picture-perfect blue ocean. You can easily reach it by taxi from Ipanema or Copacabana. Along the beach you will find spots to rent kites as well as a few training schools.
São Miguel do Gostoso
Peak kiteboarding season at this spot is from November to January. The quaint little town has a great laid-back, rustic vibe to it. There are four beaches to choose from. The main one is sandy and flat, offering you clear shallows at low tide. The other ones offer you great wave-riding and jump opportunities.
Also known as ‘little Icaraí do Amontada’. The six kilometres (3.7 miles) of beach will provide you with peaceful, perfect kiting conditions. This spot is less crowded as some of the other highly popular Brazilian kiteboarding options. It’s ideal for surfers who want to play hard in the waves during the day and relax just as hard in the evenings. You can expect winds of up to 30 knots. It gets even stronger and blusterier in the afternoons. To the South you will find great flat areas and to the North there are great bumps and jumps to enjoy. The Northward beaches are much less known, discoveries waiting to happen.
Another lesser-known spot, up the coast to the north of Fortaleza. The small fishing village is a favourite of wave junkies, with the waves hitting the two metres (6.6 feet) high mark. Serious boarders can hit the bay to bag a new trick or two, and the flat-water riders can head to the lagoon. Keep your camera ready for epic photos of Brazil at its best!
Brazil boasts with some of the best wind conditions found around the world. Here you can pick and choose between the sea, lagoons, and lakes. There’s a constant wind in the North-East of Brazil. Enjoy breath-taking sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean after a day of rewarding kitesurfing in great conditions.