Kitesurfing Cape Verde overview

If you want a trip away where the focus is going to be 99% on the kitesurfing then you want to be kitesurfing Cape Verde. This insanely perfect archipelago could have been made for kitesurfers. With ‘set your watch by them’ trade winds blowing consistently throughout the European winter, and with water temperatures of between 23 and 27 degrees, kitesurfing Cape Verde is one of the very best options for a winter getaway. The islands have a deserved reputation for the quality of their wave spots (you might have heard of Ponta Preta!) but don’t be deceived: there are plenty of great spots for riding your twin tip or for riding in smaller waves. If you talk to anyone who has been on a trip kitesurfing Cape Verde then they are likely to comment on two things: the quality of the conditions and the friendliness of the locals. It’s fair to say that they are always smiling, and the happy-go-lucky crop of top waveriding talent who grew up riding on Sal (Match, Mitu, Airton etc) are testament to that. There are plenty of options for great places to stay and plenty of kiteschools with a reputation for delivering top quality tuition so you’re guaranteed to come back from your trip kitesurfing Cape Verde a better rider than when you left…


Where to kitesurf in Cape Verde


1. Sal

This is the hub of the Cape Verdian kitesurfing scene. Santa Maria is the largest town and also has the best beach for flatwater riding. It is also the place to head if you’ve got any energy left for a few beers after your session. Just west of Santa Maria you’ll find the jewel in the crown of Cape Verde: Ponta Preta. The reeling right hander breaks super close to shore so is for experts only but – even if you don’t fancy riding it – it is worth heading there to check it out if it’s on… Heading further up the west coast there are other lesser known beaches which are uncrowded and can offer some blissful conditions – check out Canoa and Secret Spot. Heading east and you get to the iconic Kite Beach. It’s from here that a lot of the kite schools operate and you are also likely to see the locals blowing minds with their strapless freestyle skills. Pull up a deckchair and enjoy!  

2. Boa Vista

Until a few years ago Boa Vista was a less-visited option if you were kitesurfing Cape Verde. But it has now established itself as a prime kitesurfing destination. With less hardcore waves and with more sandy beaches, there is a lot of scope for exploring and for finding your own slice of perfection. Boa Vista means ‘good view’ in Portuguese and if your idea of a good view is mile upon mile of perfect sandy beaches with 15–25 knots of wind then it is the place for you!  


If you had to pick one kitesurfing spot…

If you are a competent waverider then the place to head if you are kitesurfing Cape Verde is surely Ponta Preta – see if you can snag a set wave and the memory will stay with you for the rest of your days. And hopefully one of the photographers on the beach will also be able to capture the moment for you…  


Cape Verde kitesurfing conditions + what to take

The most you will need in terms of a wetsuit is a shortie – most of the year you will be fine in boardshorts/bikini and maybe a wetsuit top to take the edge off… If you are riding in the waves then a pair of reef boots could be a wise investment. For kites a 7, 9, 12 set up will cover you everything. For boards, if you’re heading into the surf then think long and pointy! For the twin tip spots there is a mixture of flatwater and choppier spots so maybe something with a little flex…