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.
- 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 Toeside 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 550,00 €
- Flight and airport transfer
- Lunch and dinner