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Santa Maria Kitesurf Spot in Sal

Africa Kiteboard Spot in Cape Verde

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.

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Santa Maria
beginner, island, choppy
Santa Maria
Ponta Preta
advanced, island, medium wave
Ponta Preta
Ponta Sino
advanced, island, choppy
Ponta Sino
Kite Beach Sal
advanced, island, choppy
Kite Beach Sal

Santa Maria Kitesurfing wind conditions

The Santa Maria beach nestled in the charming fishermen's town, offers a quintessential starting point for beginner kitesurfers. Positioned on the expansive Santa Maria beach, this place serves as a rendezvous for morning meet-ups, where enthusiasts gather before embarking on a short 5-minute drive to Kite Beach. The prevailing wind, known as the "Alisios," emanates from the northeast, ensuring a steady cross-shore breeze with speeds ranging from 15 to 25 knots. These conditions, complemented by relatively flat waters near the shore, create an ideal training ground for beginners. Kitesurfing courses tailored for novices are offered at the Santa Maria beach center, providing a perfect introduction to the sport amidst the picturesque setting of this quaint town.

  • body wear

    • long neo
  • downwinder

    • Yes
  • ride type

    • freeride
    • freestyle
    • wakestyle
  • skill level

    • beginner
    • intermediate
  • spot type

    • island
    • ocean
  • starting area

    • sandy beach
  • water condition

    • choppy
    • flat water
  • wind daytime

    • in the afternoon
    • midday

Wind Stats for Santa Maria Kiteboarding

Around the Kiteboarding Spot Santa Maria

Beyond the thrill of kitesurfing, Santa Maria beckons with its vibrant cultural tapestry, reflecting influences from Africa, Portugal, and Brazil. Explore the local market, indulge in freshly caught seafood at seaside restaurants, and immerse yourself in the lively Cape Verdean nightlife. The ION CLUB's Ponta Leme center, just 15 minutes away, caters to experienced windsurfers and wingfoilers. This center benefits from optimal wind conditions and offers a diverse range of rental equipment, including renowned brands like Fanatic and Duotone. Advanced courses in wingfoiling and windsurfing at Ponta Leme ensure a fulfilling experience for seasoned riders.

  • camper parking

    • Not allowed, but possible
  • car parking

    • Nearby
  • emergency

    • A medical center
    • A rescue service
  • has restaurant

    • Yes
  • has toilet

    • Yes
  • has shower

    • Yes

How to get to Santa Maria and how to bring it about while you're there

Santa Maria's accessibility is facilitated by its proximity to Amílcar Cabral International Airport, a mere 18 kilometers away. The journey from the airport to the ION CLUB centers is conveniently covered by a short taxi ride or public bus, providing seamless transportation. The island's compact size allows for easy exploration on foot, with additional options like rental bikes and cars for those looking to venture further into the island's attractions.

  • accommodation

    • near the spot
  • public transport

    • Mellow
  • rental cars

    • Recommended


Kitesurfers should be aware of potential hazards such as strong currents and occasional reef formations.

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Wind Forecast for Santa Maria Kitesurfing


Santa Maria generally offers minimal waves close to the shore, providing favorable conditions for kitesurfers. Waves tend to be small, making it an excellent spot for both beginners and freestyle riders.

Kiteboarding Spots around Sal

Wave Sufer riding a white water wave at Kitesurfspot Ponta Preta
Cape Verde - Ponta Preta

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!

2 kites in the breaking waves at Ponta Sino
Cape Verde - Ponta Sino

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!

Das ist ein Kitestrand in Sal.
Cape Verde - Kite Beach Sal

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.