Iron Macho 2021

7 - 30 Sept. | 24 days | 960 mi



Day 1: 7 Sept.

Joao Pessoa → Barra de Camaratuba | 37 mi

In 2021, the start of the seventh Iron Macho will be in João Pessoa, the capital of the state of Paraíba. On the very first day, a sporty 37-miles are covered before we set up our overnight accommodation in the quaint fishing village of Barra de Camaratuba. The village is beautifully situated at the mouth of the Rio Camaratuba. Visually, the destination of our day’s stage could hardly be more different than the starting point near the big city.

Day 2: 8 Sept.

Barra de Camaratuba → Pipa | 34 mi

Even if the beach of Barra de Camaratuba invites you to linger, we have to move on. Today, a downwinder to Pipa (34-miles away) is on the program. After less than 10-miles we will reach the beach of Praia do Guaju. Here we say goodbye to Paraíba and welcome the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Our way leads us past Baía Formosa (Beautiful Bay), a name which is totally fitting. This municipality is the stomping grounds of Italo Ferreira – the 2019 surfing world champion. From here it’s less than 13-miles to Pipa.

Day 3: 9 Sept.

Pipa → Natal | 34 mi

After a night in the lively party town of Pipa, we aim for Natal, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, for today. There are a good 34-miles in between on the water. So we leave the romantic Praia do Amor behind and head north to Tibau do Sul. You’ll be amazed at the gigantic size of the estuary there while we kite the 550 yards to the opposite beach. From then on, the beach is sandy and flat again. The cliffs are to our backs. We continue towards Tabatinga, a top wave spot in this region. It’s still a long ride to Natal, but if we’re lucky we might see a dolphin or two. A good 2/3 of today’s route is behind us – so let’s get down to the final sprint.

Day 4: 10 Sept.

Natal → Perobas | 37 mi

We hit the water in Natal north of the Newton-Navarro Bridge. More precisely on Praia da Redinha beach. Here, the shore is not only more expansive, but also not nearly as crowded as Praia de Ponta Negra. Today’s kite spot, Perobas, is 37-miles north of us. For the next 19-miles, villages on the beach will be our constant companions. Only after Maxaranguape does it becomes scenically more interesting. On the way we pass ‘Cape St. Rochus‘, known as Cabo de São Roque in Portuguese. This cape forms the northeastern tip of South America and is the closest point to the coast of Africa.

The cliff ends before the next settlement of Caraúbas. In the following village of Maracajaú – also known as the Brazilian Caribbean – snorkeling is extremely popular. The reefs there are literally overrun by tourists from home and abroad. However, these reefs do not affect us as they are located a little further out to sea. From here, it is another 16-miles to our destination. The villages on the coast are becoming fewer and smaller, while undeveloped coastal areas are becoming more and more. Finally, we reach our beachfront accommodation, the Siri Paraíso Hotel, where we land our kites directly on the kite beach.

Day 5: 11 Sept.

Perobas → São Miguel do Gostoso | 34 mi

The next day we continue to São Miguel do Gostoso directly at the kite beach in front of the Hotel Siri Paraíso in Perobas. At 34-miles, the distance is roughly the same as the day before. Our current beach, Praia de Perobas, ends less than 2.5-miles further and is followed by Praia de Carnaubinha. The next larger municipality, Touros, has a very pretty bay. The longest federal highway in Brazil begins and ends here in Touros. It is over 2920-miles long and passes through 12 states near the coast. Three-miles later we pass a black and white painted lighthouse named Farol do Calcanhar. At 203 feet tall, it is the tallest lighthouse in Brazil. From the lighthouse it is less than 12-miles to the Kauli Seadi Beach Hotel in São Miguel do Gostoso.

Day 6: 12 Sept.

São Miguel do Gostoso → Galinhos | 50 mi

Today’s destination Galinhos is a good 50 miles away on the water. We get going in front of the Kite Center Kauli Seadi which is located about 1.6 mi east of the center of São Miguel do Gostoso – directly on the beach. We’ll leave São Miguel do Gostoso and kite parallel to the wide sandy beach. 6-miles later we reach a beautiful bay which is part of Praia de Tourinhos beach. After a little more than half of the day’s route, we have reached the northernmost point for today. From the wind farm near São Bento do Norte, our route runs towards WSW. Several-miles follow without any signs of civilization. We reach Galos in the late afternoon. From here it is only a short distance to Galinhos. We‘ll spend the night at Pousada Amagali-Galinhos or Pousada Brésil Aventure. Both are really great.

Day 7: 13 Sept.

Galinhos → Ponta do Mel | 53 mi

Now our journey with the wind continues. Ponta do Mel is on the program for today and 53-miles have to be covered. So we leave Galinhos, which is located on a headland just 440-660 yards wide. We cross to the other shore of the huge estuary. Here you will find a number of sandbanks and in between there are mirror-smooth flat water spots. 12-miles further on, the scenery repeats itself. North of Barreiras there are-miles of sandbanks and countless flat water spots. Due to the shallow water and the light sand, the water is unusually turquoise. 19-miles before our destination, the course suddenly turns northwest again. The red sand in the hinterland is an indication that Ponta do Mel is not far away.

Day 8: 14 Sept.

Ponta do Mel → Tibau | 31 mi

After breakfast in the Beiral Pousada e Restaurante, we continue the journey. Two longer stretches are behind us. A shorter tour of only 31-miles awaits us today. Today we go to Tibau. Its a place on the border between the states of Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. While the course initially still heads WNW for the first 6.2-miles, it then heads west for another 12.4-miles. We pass Areia Branca, whose name White Sand is based on the salt extraction in this area. After crossing the Rio Apodi, we have another 9.3-miles to go in a north-westerly direction. A good meal and chilled drinks are already waiting for us in the Pousada Beijo Mar in Tibau.

Day 9: 15 Sept.

Tibau → Canoa Quebrada | 43 mi

After a well deserved sleep at the Pousada Beijo Mar, today’s 43-mile adventure takes us to the well-known holiday resort of Canoa Quebrada. Already 2-miles after the start we pass the border between Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. The beach runs for a good 9.3-miles in a NNW direction until the coast slowly but surely describes a slight curve to the left. It takes a full 6.2-miles before the coastal strip finally runs to WNW. You can’t see it, but you can feel it by the direction of the wind. We will continue in this direction until we reach our today’s destination.

Countless small fishing boats, the so-called Jangadas, are anchored on Praia da Barrinha beach. At first glance, you wouldn’t trust them, but these boats can even master the high seas. The beach is still sandy and spacious, but not for long. Soon a red cliff will accompany us over a length of 3.1-miles to Redonda, where we will encounter more Jangadas. The red sand dunes that follow are a real eye-catcher. After a short break, the red cliff accompanies us again on our tour. Shortly before the famous Canoa Quebrada trademark, the white logo in the rock on the beach, we go ashore.

Day 10: 16 Sept.

Canoa Quebrada | Day off

After 9 days of kitesurfing and 355-miles later, a day’s rest in the chilly tourist town of Canoa Quebrada is just what we‘ll need. Visiting the Broadway or the famous Freedom Bar on the beach should be on everyone’s to-do list.

Day 11: 17 Sept.

Canoa Quebrada → Uruaú | 37 mi

After the route briefing in the Pousada Tranquilândia Village, we set up our kites on the beach of Canoa Quebrada. A 37-mile route with numerous flat water points lies ahead of us today. We leave the popular tourist spot and kite towards the northwest. About 10-miles from our start, we reach the 550 yards wide estuary of the 370-miles long Rio Jaguaribe. With the right tide you have a very large flat water spot here. For the next two miles we go north until we circle the rocky cape. Afterwards, the coast runs in a northwesterly direction to the small estuary of the Rio Pirangi.

This is also where the Parajuru kite spot begins. Thanks to the long sandbanks and the lagoon, you will find a very safe and uncrowded beginner’s area here. At about here, we have completed half of today’s route. After a break, it goes on with fresh strength. The beach is initially quite flat and wide it and becomes noticeably narrower as the coast becomes higher and higher. Only six kilometers before Uruaú the beach becomes wider again and the coast flat. Just before the Lagoa de Uruaú lagoon, we land our kites on the beach of our accommodation, the Hotel Boutique Zebra Beach.

Day 12: 18 Sept.

Uruaú → Fortaleza/Cumbuco | 50 mi

We will travel 50-miles today from Uruaú to Praia do Futuro beach in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará. The coast is only flat for a short distance and, just as the day before, a white and orange wall accompanies us. Since the water reaches the rocks at high tide, it is only possible to drive along the beach at low tide. 3-miles later, we’ll kite past the Gruta da Mãe d’agua (Mother of water cave). When we arrive at the beach Praia de Morro Branco, the impressive cliffs fade away. Along a 5-mile wide sandy beach, we reach the mouth of the Rio Choró and on the other side lies the kite spot Barra Nova. This kite spot offers excellent flat water conditions and isn’t overcrowded.

After several miles of pristine beach we’ll need to cross the beautiful scenic Rio Mal Cozinhado. On the other bank of the river is the village of Caponga. At its end there is a beach section with only a few buildings near the sea until Barro Preto. You can tell that we are approaching a big city after crossing the Rio Cocó. It will be very apparent that we are now in the metropolis of Fortaleza. We’ll be arriving at the Guarderia Brasil restaurant shortly. There, our escort vehicles are already waiting to take us to Cumbuco, where we will spend the night at the Pousada Tropical Wind.

Day 13: 19 Sept.

Cumbuco → Lagoinha | 47 mi

After breakfast at the Pousada Tropical Wind and the subsequent route briefing, we will head north of the accommodation on the beach. From Cumbuco, one of the oldest and most famous kite spots in Brazil, our 47-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 spot we pass 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 scenic Hotel Platô.

Day 14: 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 15: 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 CearáJericoacoara. 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 no walk in the park. In no time we are out of the bay and pass the neighboring village of Moitas. Before we get to Patos, an excellent flat 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’ll kite past the landmark of Jeri – the Pedra Furada – a stone archway on the beach. While the sun is setting we ge ashore south of the Duna do Pôr do Sol. There are only 3 more things to do: showering, eating, 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 – without the usual wind turbines.

A bit of criss-crossing takes us to a 2-mile 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. There’s not a soul to be seen because the next town is almost 12-miles away. Once again, a huge estuary has to be crossed and then we’ll follow the headland to the northernmost point and finish off 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 21: 27 Sept.

Tutóia → Atins | 47 mi

After a night at the Pousada Jagatá in Tutóia, we set out to conquer the 47-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 22: 28 Sept.

Atins → Lençóis Maranhenses | 20 mi

A 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 23: 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 24: 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 weightKite size
130 lbs6 – 8 – 10 m2
180 lbs8 – 10 – 12 m2
220 lbs10 – 12 – 14 m2
Recommended kite sizes in Brazil depending on the weight of the kiter
  • 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 1.050,00 €
  • Flight and airport transfer
  • Lunch and dinner


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7 - 30 Sept. | 24 days | 960 mi
7 - 30 Sept. | 24 days | 960 mi
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