Ponta Sino Kitesurf Spot in Sal
Africa Kiteboard Spot in Cape Verde
Ponta Sino lies at the Western end of Kite Beach in Cape Verde, offering a mid size wave generally more suited to intermediate and advanced kitesurfers. The wind here blows cross or cross off shore so be careful not to kitesurf too far out past the point and into the open ocean. It’s one of the kite spots which is popular for jumping and freestyle, due to the waves breaking over a shallow reef with flat spots in between the waves. Kitesurfers wanting to jump should watch out for wave riders and vice versa.
Cape Verde itself is well known for its kitesurfing, and there are multiple local riders competing on the kitesurfing world tour. If you’re lucky you’ll get to see them in action in the waves, and if conditions are perfect you can head to Ponta Preta to watch or partake in some serious wave riding. Santa Maria is the local town where there is generally a really good vibe with all the kitesurfers hanging out in the evening, and the local seafood is as fresh as can be!
Ponta Sino Kitesurfing wind conditions
November to Mid-June is the kitesurfing season on Cape Verde, when the trade wind blows between 15-25 knots cross or cross offshore most days, and the swells smash into this remote little island. The waves here can be powerful and break over a shallow reef in places, so be aware of where you are and don’t get overconfident. There are flat spots between the waves and great kickers so freestylers as well as wave riders will enjoy it at Ponta Sino, just have to be careful not to go too far out into the open ocean in offshore winds. The temperature during the kite season is generally around 22 degrees celsius and the water is a little cooler, so a 3/2 mm wetsuit will be fine for most people. If you know you get colder during a long session then a thicker wetsuit might be in order.
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Wind Stats for Ponta Sino Kiteboarding
Around the Kiteboarding Spot Ponta Sino
Santa Maria is the local town, where kitesurfing and watersports in general have carved out a tiny tourist utopia, complete with a multitude of shops, bars and restaurants. It’s a small place but vibrant, and offers a bit of something for everyone including any non kitesurfers. If the wind dies (which is unusual in the season) then a boat trip on one of the local boats is well worth it, or you can enjoy some diving and explore some of the underwater world. There are various turtle rescue and conservation projects in and around Santa Maria, and if you’re there at the right time you can even help release the turtle hatchlings back into the wild. Further afield, Sal offers some great tours on a bicycle or electric bike and you can visit some of the local churches or just explore the rest of the island.
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- A medical center
- A rescue service
- Kite repair
How to get to Ponta Sino and how to bring it about while you're there
You’ll want to fly into Amilcar Cabral International Airport (SID), also known as Sal International Airport. It is 18 km away from the beach or an approximately 20 minute car drive. Having your own rental car can be helpful for reaching the various spots on the island, but if you plan on spending all your time in Santa Maria with occasional trips outside, you can mostly get away with ride sharing and taking taxis with other kitesurfers.
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Wind Forecast for Ponta Sino Kitesurfing
Kiteboarding Spots around Sal
Ponta Preta is a gnarly but incredible wave spot, with a wave that breaks close to the rocks and with offshore wind, so it’s definitely for advanced kitesurfers only! If you are at a level to take this one on you’ll be stoked with the long pumping waves and perfect cross offshore wind direction. The waves can get really big here, and the launch isn’t exactly the easiest with a big shore break to get through, but it’s totally worth it for the kitesurfing conditions once you get out. The wave kitesurfing world tour has stopped here more than once, and it’s home to Mitu Monteiro and Airton Cozzolino, two of the best wave kitesurfers in the world. If you could name a reason they got so good, it might be having Ponta Preta on their doorstep!
In the heart of the expansive Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Senegal, lies the invaluable archipelago of Cape Verde. This seemingly modest cluster of islands, however, holds immense significance, not only for its geographical allure but also as a haven for board sports enthusiasts. The ION CLUB Sal, with its two distinct centers strategically placed on the beautiful Santa Maria beach and in Ponta Leme, embodies the essence of this aquatic paradise.
Kite Beach in Sal is one of the most popular kite spots on the island, with a mix of waves and flat water, and is also one of the only places on the island where you can learn to kitesurf. It is located a short distance from the main town of Santa Maria, and due to the pretty friendly kitesurfing conditions and the fact you can choose to kite with either your surfboard or twintip, it tends to be one of the busiest spots in Sal. The island is home to multiple world champion wave kitesurfers, and kite beach is the place where a lot of people hone their skills before hitting the more aggressive wave spots around the island. The wind blows cross onshore, so it’s perfect if you aren’t super comfortable with the waves as you know you will always be blown back to the beach.