Day 1: 19 Sept.
Cumbuco → Lagoinha | 50 mi
After breakfast at the Pousada Tropical Wind and the subsequent route briefing, we will set off north of the accommodation on the beach. From Cumbuco, one of the oldest and most famous kite spots in Brazil, our 50-mile route takes us to Lagoinha. We pass the famous Cauipe Lagoon – and a few-miles later we have to land our kites. Going beneath the piers is faster than going around the outside in the sea. We continue our trip on the beach of Pecem. It’s about 6.5-miles to Taiba. At the end of this kite spot we pass the Lagoa Taiba before we come across one of the best wave spots in this area called Quebra Mar in Paracuru. From here, it is another 15.5-miles to our destination – the beach of Lagoinha. We will spend the night at the Hotel Platô.
Day 2: 20 Sept.
Lagoinha → Icaraí de Amontada | 50 mi
First we hit Donkey Kite Lagoon on the beach, with our destination today being Icarai de Amontada. 50-miles of bathtub-warm salt water separate us at the start. The closest kite spot is Guajiru, less than 12.5-miles away. We pass along Flecheiras and Emboaca before we reach the picturesque bay of Mundaú. We’ll cover more than half today’s distance before we stop for a break at Baleia. The beach in this area is spacious and the sea is tame, so we can get ahead quickly. We will shortly arrive in beautiful bay of Icaraí de Amontada. At its western end is the Pousada Villa Mango, our accommodation for tonight.
Day 3: 21 Sept.
Icaraí de Amontada → Jericoacoara | 75 mi
After breakfast at Villa Mango a real challenge awaits us; today’s distance is 75-miles! We’re heading to the most famous party place in Ceará – Jericoacoara. This is going to be tough, but every participant can, whenever he wants, continue on land with the support vehicles. 75 miles of kitesurfing in one day is absolutely not everyone’s cup of tea. In no time we are out of the bay and pass the neighboring village of Moitas. Before we get to Patos, an excellent shallow water spot in this region, we quickly cross the Rio Aracatiacu. At the end of the extensive beach Praia dos Patos is the Rio Aracati-Mirim and behind lies Almofala. If we are lucky with the tides and it’s high tide, we can kite in the river at the end of Praia de Almofala up to Ilha do Guajiru.
Now follows a long section with alternating mangrove forests and estuaries on the coast. The next bigger kite spot is Preá, which lies 10 miles before our destination. We kite past the landmark of Jeri, the Pedra Furada, a stone archway on the beach. Now still around the bay and soon we go ashore exhausted but happy, while the sun is setting south of the Duna do Pôr do Sol. For today there are only 3 more things to do: taking a shower, eating and drinking, and above all sleeping. Our accommodation is Pousada Surfing Jeri and it will be nice to chill before our well-deserved rest day.
Day 4: 22 Sept.
Jericoacoara | Day off
After the extremely long stretch the day before, everyone can use some rest today. Jeri is a great place for some rest and relaxation, but those of you who are really die-hard kiters, you’re more than welcome to hit the water today as well. Apart from that, Jeri offers numerous other ways to spend the day. In any case, it won’t be boring in Jeri.
Day 5: 23 Sept.
Jericoacoara → Camocim | 34 mi
Today’s route is fairly easy and the route briefing will be held at Pousada Surfing Jeri. it’s a 34-mile stretch to Camocim and it’s pretty much reef free. The start takes place a little southwest of Jeri, outside the wind cover area of the large dune Duna do Por do Sol. The first 6.5-miles are leisurely and relaxed along the extensive beach of Jeri which was once used as a backdrop for a movie. In Guriú, our escort vehicles have to cross the river with the small ferries. After another 6.5 miles without any houses on the beach we reach the kite spot Tatajuba. It’s a good idea to take a break here.
About 13-miles are still ahead of us until we reach the river Rio Coreaú at Camocim. This stretch is also completely undeveloped and the beach is completely untouched and natural. The river mouth is about 550 yards wide at the narrowest point. We have to go about 2.5-miles north around to the dilapidated Farol do Trapiá lighthouse. Our destination, the Villa del Mar Praia Hotel, is less than 2 miles away from here.
Day 6: 24 Sept.
Camocim → Barra Grande | 43 mi
The 43-miles route begins in Camocim and ends in Barra Grande in the state of Piaui. Our kites soar into the sky on the wide beach of our accommodation, the Villa del Mar Praia Hotel. The nearest town, Maceió, is located 6.5 miles in the WSW direction. It’s located in a small picturesque bay whose shores are lined with numerous palm trees. Shortly thereafter is the mouth of the Riacho Cangalha, the town of Amarela, and then the great estuary of the Rio dos Remédios. At the widest point, it measures approximately 1.25-miles.
The next inhabited beach section is Praia das Curimãs, which is about 5 miles away. This beach involuntarily got into the local news in 2014 when a 40-ton, 16-meter-long sperm whale stranded here and died. Another 6.5-miles to the west is the fishing village of Bitupitá and 3-miles to the southwest is an estuary. When crossing the second arm of the river we pass the border between Ceará and Piauí. On the other side is the village of Cajueiro da Praia and halfway through which we pass the beautiful beach Praia de Barrinha. From here, the distance to today’s destination is only 6-miles. Our journey today ends on the beach of Barra Grande in front of the luxurious Pousada BGK. The abbreviation BGK stands for – who would have guessed it – Barra Grande Kite!
Day 7: 25 Sept.
Barra Grande → Delta das Américas | 34 mi
In Barra Grande, we’ll leave Pousada BGK and venture off to Delta das Américas, 34-miles away. It is only a stone’s throw downwind to the neighboring flat water spot Macapá. At the end of Praia de Maramar, we will have to watch out for the reef near the beach for a few miles. We’d better stay here a few hundred yards in the sea from the beach. The water situation relaxes in front of the pretty bay of Praia do Arrombado. Soon we’ll reach a few suburbs, and a little later, Luís Correia itself. At the end of the beach is the port of Luís Correia. Here, a pier of stones and concrete extends almost 1.5 miles into the sea. The sharp-edged stones are uninviting so we’ll just kite around them. During the next section, we’ll kite along Praia da Pedra do Sal for 6-miles. The lighthouse of the same name sits enthroned at its northern end. From here it is another 6 miles to our last stage for today. If the tides allow it and the navy is not watching, its just a few more-miles of kitesurfing in the Rio Parnaíba. Otherwise, we will cover the last few miles to Pousada Casa de Caboclo by boat.
Day 8: 26 Sept.
Delta das Américas → Tutóia | 50 mi
Today you can really speak of a kick-ass kitesurf expedition! A boat will takes us from Pousada Casa de Caboclo downstream to Baía das Canárias island. From there we start our 50-miles kitesurf downwinder to Tutóia. The special thing about this route is (apart from a few simple fishing huts) there are absolutely no buildings on the beach. Even with an off-road vehicle, it’s not possible to drive on this beach. That’s why a boat will follow us today – and not the usual 4×4 on the beach. The whole area from the mangrove jungle to the beach is a nature reserve. The next several-miles will be an impressive spectacle, courtesy of mother nature. Here Brazil shows itself from its most beautiful side and all without the usual wind turbines.
At a suitable point we go from the sea over the sandbank to the river and continue kiting there. Then we get back into the sea and cross a 2 miles wide estuary. Shortly thereafter, a 3-mile long sandbank ensures mirror-smooth water on the leeward side. A pristine beach accompanies us for the next tranquil 9.5-miles. Not a soul for miles. No wonder, because the next town is almost 12 miles away as the crow flies. Once again, a huge estuary has to be crossed. We follow the headland to the northernmost point, round it and kite the last 7.5 miles straight south. A few hundred meters from Tutóia beach we pass a large shipwreck. We land our kites on the beach in front of our accommodation – the Pousada Jagatá. Today’s experience will be unforgettable!
Day 9: 27 Sept.
Tutóia → Atins | 43 mi
After a night at the Pousada Jagatá in Tutóia, we set out to conquer the 43-mile route to Atins. We leave the shipwreck behind and head west. Less than 10-miles later we reach an excellent flat water spot in the sea near the romantic sight of Praia Peroba. These are a few freshwater lagoons in the dunes. We continue along the beach in a westerly direction until we encounter a large estuary. On the other side is the beach Praia dos Tatus. From here, the journey goes north-west for almost 19 miles. At the narrowest point, the peninsula is less than 275 yards wide. Bound to the east by the Atlantic, and west by the vast Rio Preguiças river. After several-miles with no signs of civilization – apart from the multitude of wind turbines – there are several pousadas here on Praia De Caburé beach. From here, it is less than 6-miles to Atins. We just have to kite around the headland and head south through the river. Our accommodation, Paraiso dos Ventos, is located less than 220 yards from the beach.
Day 10: 28 Sept.
Atins → Lençóis Maranhenses | 25 mi
An optional visit to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is on the agenda today. After the café da manhã we meet on the beach of Atins. From there we kite 2-miles out to the open sea and go downwind from there. After a few-miles by the sea, the pick-up is waiting for us on the beach. The vehicle takes us a bit inland to one of the numerous lagoons. Once there, we kite in the crystal-clear fresh water for a few hours. After this unique experience, we will return by vehicle to Atins where we will spend the night at the Pousada Paraíso dos Ventos.
Day 11: 29 Sept.
Atins → Ilha de Santana | 68 mi
We have a mammoth task ahead of us today. We start off at Atins and journey to Ilha de Santana. A whopping 68 beautiful and lonely miles have to be mastered. We cross the Rio Preguiças and kite on the beach with the wind in our backs. The beach north of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park seems never ending. After 19-miles, we reach the mouth of the small river Rio Negros. It’s name comes from the almost black color of the water. Its not the prettiest, but it is purely natural and is created by the decomposition of plants. To the end of this beach it is another 31-miles and followed by an estuary about half-a-mile wide.
Here, we say goodbye to our support vehicle which has had an adventurous journey from Santo Amaro do Maranhão. From now on, a land vehicle can no longer keep up. In its place, a large catamaran takes on the role of our travel companion. On the other side of the river, the beach is initially quite narrow and behind it there is impenetrable vegetation. We kite along the peninsula until an estuary of gigantic proportions opens up in front of us. It’s 10-miles to the other side. Thanks to the two islands in the middle, we don’t feel quite so lost. Arrived safely on the other side, we set course to the north. It is only 6 more-miles to the Ilha de Santana. Since there are neither pousadas nor hotels to stay overnight, we sleep in the fishermen’s huts. An unforgettable day comes to a memorable end.
Day 12: 30 Sept.
Ilha de Santana → São Luís | 56 mi
After a night in a picturesque accommodation, we’ll start the last section of our long kitesurf downwinder through Brazil. From Ilha de Santana to São Luís, its 56-miles. We’ll start at the northeast end of the island and kite around the Ilha de Santana until we finally head south along the beach. Shortly after the start, our course leads us provisionally to the south-west, until we finally head south along the beach. The nearest island is 2.5-miles away from the southernmost tip. From this island it is another 1.25 mi to the next and the distance to the last island is 1 mile. From here it goes straight to the west for 12.5-miles across the bay Baía de São José.
The catamaran is with us on the open sea until we reach the Ilha de São Luís peninsula on Praia das Gaivotas beach. We’ll pass Praia da Raposa, Praia do Pucal, and from here it’s less than 13-miles to our last destination. Reality will kick in as soon as we see the first skyscrapers in the distance. The number of other kite surfers is now increasing with every mile. They would be undoubtedly envious and jealous if they knew where we’re coming from! The last 6-miles is along the beach of São Luís until we retire our kites in the Calhau district for the last time on this tour. The rooms at the Calhau Praia Hotel are booked, the fabulous dinner and drinks are waiting, and we can all reminisce staring into the magical sunset on the beach.
- Advanced kite surfer with a good basic fitness
- Kitesurfing in the open sea with moderate waves
- Relaunch the kite from the water
- Master the body drag also upwind
- Familiar on how to Self rescue
- Able to ride Switch or Toedside very well
|Body weight||Kite size|
|130 lbs||6 – 8 – 10 m2|
|180 lbs||8 – 10 – 12 m2|
|220 lbs||10 – 12 – 14 m2|
- Accommodation will be reserved for you by the kitesurfing-organizer
- Delicious and exotic breakfast
- Kitesurfing accompanied by professional guides
- Support vehicle on the beach or motorboat
- If necessary, rescue with jet ski
- Water, juice, fruits and snacks during breaks at the beach
- Long sleeve lycra of the event
- Accommodations 600,00 € (payment for lodging upon arrival)
- Flight and airport transfer
- Lunch and dinner