Cape Verde: Sal Wave Kite Camps

Kitesurf wave camps with Mitu Monteiro

Contact:

UK: +44 (0)2036 085 777
DE: +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090
CH: +41 (0)43 50 81 504
info@kiteworldwide.com

+ New in 2017: The KiteWorldWide Kite House+ Intensive wave training for advanced kiters
+ Learn how to kite surf with the world champion Mitu Monteiro 
+ Stylish kiteschool located directly at the Kitebeach
+ Explore hidden kitespots that no one else knows
+ Wave beginner package

The hype around wave kite surfing is really just getting started.  2011 was the first year that the KSP – a competition world cup tour devoted completely to wave kitesurfing – with the finals being held in Sal. We want to give you a closer look at wave kitesurfing on Sal, since you can progress much faster with a few tips and tricks and kitesurfing in the waves is much safer under guidance.

Together with THE wave kitesurfer and wave world champion Mitu Monteiro we have set up a program especially for intermediate and advanced kitesurfers who want to kitesurf in some of the best kite waves on offer.

The kitecenter of Mitu and his buddy Djo is located right at Kitebeach, the perfect spot for wavekite beginners.  The center used to be a small beach hut but has since gone through a complete renovation to be a really stylish, fully equipped kite center including an awesome beach bar to hang out in.

We are offering one-week long kitesurf camps with Mitu Monteiro, including five days of intensive wave training and spot guiding.  Mitu will personally be in charge of your progress and learning success in the waves and take you to those secret spots that only the locals know about.

Since numbers for the camp are limited (6 kitesurfers), we advise that you book early.  Dates for the upcoming wave camps will be there soon.

For those of you who want to give it a try and generally feel comfortable on a twin tip, but don’t want to buy a waveboard just yet, we offer a wave basic package.  Of course there are a lot more travel packages for beginners and advanced kitesurfers as well as for your non-kiting companions. Just have a look under the kite surf holiday destinations tab for Cape Verde to find your perfect combination.

Dates and schedule of the Wave Camps

Wave camp schedule

Day 1
The night before your first ‘Wave Camp’ Day, you will meet up with Mitu and the rest of the group at a nice welcome-dinner at a lovely beach bar.  You will get to know Mitu and have the time and opportunity to discuss the plan for the rest of the week and chat about kitesurfing.

Day 2
On the first day, you’ll head to the Kite Beach and get some of your first tips from the wave pro on how to use the board.  Mitu will also check out how good you are on your board to determine which spots to take you to.

Day 3-6
Depending on the wind, swell, your ability and personal wishes, Mitu will take you to the secret spots on the island in an all-terrain pickup. Just so you know: no one knows their way around here as well as Mitu!

Throughout the week, you will have a great dinner with local specialties and lots of fish (other alternatives also possible) in a sweet beach restaurant (drinks not included ). Your meal, the long day of amazing kitesurfing and the caipis at the beach bar afterwards will tire you out and help you dream about your next kitesurfing day on these amazing waves on Sal Island.

We recommend that you arrive a few days ahead of the camp to get warmed up and ready for action. If you have never tried a wave board before, we recommend you to book onto the wave intro course to get the basics dialed.  You can extend your stay before and after your wave kite Camp, we will be happy to organize the accommodation and everything else you need.

The camp includes one week at the KiteWorldWide Kite House, 5-days intensive wave kitesurfing training with Mitu, F-One Wave Board test, a wave board for 4 hours per day, transportation to and from the airport, spot guiding and transportation to the wave spots on the island during the 5 days, beach barbeque, F-One Kite test option, welcome get together and briefing for the week;)

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Kitesurf and spots on Sal

If you know where to go, you’ll discover an astounding array of different kitesurfing spots.

There are spots with side-onshore wind and small wind waves for intermediate kiters on the windward eastern side of the island. This is also where you’ll find the so-called Kite Beach and the new and stylish kite school of Mitu and Djo.

The spot Santa Maria in the south is a great, nearly perfect, beginner cove with flat water, so even freestyle kiters get their money’s worth. At the western part of Santa Maria is where you find Mitu and Djo’s professional kitesurfing school. This is also the only place in the bay of Santa Maria where you can kitesurf, as the wind comes in side-shore to side-onshore.

At the western corner of the bay, there is also an excellent wave spot. This is only recommended for experienced kitesurfers, as the wind blows offshore. Those who don’t want to tackle the waves in Ponta Preta at the western part of the island, should still come and check out this spot and watch the pros ripping it out in the waves.

It´s Mitu’s secret to which of these spots he will take you, one thing is for sure you are in good hands with Mitu, know body knows this place better than he does!

Dates 2018

ampel-rot 08.01. – 12.01.2018

The exact dates of the Wave Camp is up to now not fully confirmed. Nevertheless, you can already send an inquiry for the 2019 Camps already and we will get back to you with an offer when everything is confirmed.

Caution: The spots we use during the wave camps are only for advanced kitesurfers. You should already be able to kitesurf upwind and do a quick and controlled relaunch of the kite. Other requirements are simple jibing and switch riding. Please understand that the group cannot make allowances for kitesurfers who do not handle these maneuvers.

bookable: ampel-gruen almost full (just 1-4 places): ampel-orange fully booked: ampel-rot

Price

Price: 1.250 €

(Price example per Person in double occupancy Category Room in the KiteWorldWide Kite House)

Inclusive services

+ 1 week accommodation in booked category

+ 5-day intensive wave kitesurfing training with Mitu Monteiro

+ Spot guiding and transportation to the wave spots on the island

+ Transportation to and from the airport

+ F-One Waveboard test

+ Barbecue dinner (drinks not included)

+ Testing of Kite Equipment

+ Welcome get together and briefing for the week

+ KiteWorldWide Guide

+ Barbecue dinner at the beach (Drinks not included)

+ Santa Maria at night (local food included, Drinks not included)

+ no wind activities like SUP and Surfing with supervision and advice

Get an inquiry for your holiday on Cape Verde today!

Welcome to the Kitesurf Island Sal

If you decide to travel with us, we don’t only book your flight and accommodation, our packages always consist of the daily transfer to the kite beach, kite-storage and launch/land service, as well as a general on site care and guidance by our English speaking KiteWorldWide team. Moreover, to round the experience off, we organize a weekly beach-bbq for all our guests.

For a long time, we have been looking for the perfect accommodation on Sal and now finally we can call this kitesurfer jewel ours.

The KiteWorldWide Kite House

Not without any reason the building owners call the former „Turtle House” their oeuvre (French for Art work). The unique style of the accommodation is shown in every detail and each centimetre is affectionately elaborated. Through this individual design and the consistent panted Colors of the house, the Kite House offers a very unique flair.

You Will live together with likeminded people from all over the world. Relax after a long day full of sessions in the lounge, or the rooftop terrace with views over the spot. Or enjoy any of the other community areas and let the day draw to an end with a nice bottle of wine. You cook together in the shared kitchen –four rooms are sharing one kitchen and a lounge area: perfect for some cooking sessions or kitchen parties” the Kite House is fitted out to a high European standard and has all the latest kitchen facilities.

There is a main house and one smaller house just next door. Each room comes with either a balcony or a terrace.  The South facing rooms have doors that can be opened onto a balcony, the north facing rooms are closed by a huge window to protect you from the wind, but can also be opened if you want it to.

In order to start your day ready for some serious sessions on the water we make sure you have a huge breakfast on the ground floor of the main house.  There you can already make plans for the day with all the other guests while enjoying your Fantastically tasty and nutritious breakfast.

Rooms

Each room is equipped with a comfortable double or twin bed, as well as a spacious wardrobe, a private bathroom with warm water shower, a mini-safe and a fan. Each room is designed in an individual theme. Always four rooms share one fully equipped kitchen –The kitchen is fully equipped with all you need such as microwave, toaster, sandwich maker etc. There is also a very comfortable lounge area to hangout in.

Studios

The spacious studios offer space for 2-3 people and are, just like the rest of the accommodation, designed and furnished in an individual surfer style. The studios are equipped with a mini-safe, a fan, private bathroom, living area and small kitchen.

Penthouse

The penthouse is the heart peace of the Kite House side building. From your private balcony you have an amazing view. Furthermore, the penthouse can accommodate 4-5 people and is equipped with a mini-safe, fan, kitchenette and a spacious bathroom.

Apartment

Just like the penthouse in the side building, the apartment in the main building is the highlight of the Kite House. The former owner used to live in this side of the property, you will see why, it is very spacious. With quick access to the rooftop community terrace you will enjoy a unique 360 degree panoramic view over Santa Maria and the Kite Beach. Furthermore the apartment can accommodate 3-4 people and is equipped with a mini-safe, fan, kitchenette and a spacious bathroom. (We don’t have any pictures yet because it will be newly decorated, but they will be coming very soon!)

Get an inquiry for your holiday on Cape Verde today!

Accommodations on Sal

Welcome to the Kitesurf Island Sal

If you decide to travel with us, we don’t only book your flight and accommodation, our packages always consist of the daily transfer to the kite beach, kite-storage and launch/land service, as well as a general on site care and guidance by our English speaking KiteWorldWide team. Moreover, to round the experience off, we organize a weekly beach-bbq for all our guests.

In September 2014 we were at last on Sal. Primarily, to extend our range of accommodations. While doing so, we have followed your feedback of the last years and now offer five different hotels and apartment complexes.

All lodgings offered by us are located in the eastern part of Santa Maria.  To the city centre you need not more than a chilled 5-8 minutes walk.  In the direct surroundings to the apartments you will find plenty of rustic and cozy restaurants, cafe and bars for every taste and budget.  Our KiteWorldWide team live in the same area and is looking forward to going kiting with you!

Alternative Activities

At this point we’d like to give you a little overview over alternative activities that you can do on site.  The main activity on the island is definitively kitesurfing but Sal also has many over activities on offer.

Activities that you can book on site (not included in the price)

Surfing

If you already know the waves around Sal, why not just leave your kite at home and try out the waves without the wind.

SUP – Stand Up Paddle

The different spots around Sal with smaller waves and shallow water are perfect for SUP.

Diving

There are several diving schools in Santa Maria, which can take you on diving trips to bring you a little closer to the underwater world.

Deep-Sea Fishing

In case you’re bringing along hunters and gatherers, there are fishing trips available for trolling and bottom-fishing all around Sal. If you want you can catch your dinner yourself!

Sailing

Whether you’re looking for a catamaran or a traditional sailboat, sailing is a good change from kitesurfing and a great alternative for non kitesurfers. You can enjoy a relaxing time on the water especially tranquil on the light breeze days. Don’t forget your swimming suits!

Island Tours

If you’ve had enough wind, water and waves, you can take a day tour on the island with the main mode of transportation, aluguer taxi.

Quad-Tours

On the southern part of the island, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the most remote corners of the island on a quad-tour.

Get an inquiry for your kite holiday to Cape Verde today!

General Information

The island Sal and the locals

The Cape Verde islands were accidentally discovered by Portuguese seafarers back in the 1500s. Cabo Verde means : the islands of the green cape. But the “green cape“ actually referred to todays Senegal, to which the islands belonged. This explains why the islands aren’r really green, which would have justified their name.
The republic of Cape Verde consists of 10 islands that are partially occupied. They are the most southern archipelago of the North-african group of islands. They emerged out of volcanic activities and can be divided into Sotavento (turning their back to the wind) and Barlavento (facing the wind) islands.

Through the fusion between different cultures and languages of European and African island habitants, unique culture and dialect, called Creole, evolved. The Cape Verdeans developed their own identity through this.

Sal: „the island of salt“ belongs to the Barlavento-islands and is located at the north east border of the archipelago. The name came up when back in the 17th century the island got occupied for salt extraction.

Stress and rush is something Cape Verdeans don’t know much about and you’ll get to hear “não problema“ (no problem) and “um moment“ (just a moment) often. The saying: “The European people have the watches and the African people have the time“ is absolutely suited to Cape Verde. Get into this relaxed atmosphere of the island. Explore and enjoy the flair that comes along with this relaxed attitude from the locals.

Gastronomy

You will be absolutely stoked from all the adventure sports available here on the island, which will give you a huge appetite to keep your energy levels up for more and more action.  The Cape Verdean kitchen will keep your energy levels up and have you begging for more with its tasty and rustic food.

In Sal all the fish lovers are going to get their money’s worth with tuna, mackerels, squid, langoustine, shells, crabs – just to name a few. They get cooked, grilled or fried and served freshly all over the island. There are also plenty of meat and Vegeterian options available.



General Information

How to get to Sal?

The short flight to Cape Verde is only about six hours from North west Europe.  Just 1.5 hours longer flight than to Egypt, you’ll be spoiled in the winter with boardshorts/shorty weather and reliable winds.

Airport: Sal (SID)

From the UK:

  • you can fly direct with TUIFLy
  • TAP fly via Lisbon, with connection it will take around 8 hours

From Germany:

Holiday airlines, such as TUIFly, leave several days a week from numerous German airports.

Hamburg   Tue.
Frankfurt   Fri. + Wed.
Hannover  Fri. + Wed.
Cologne     Fri. + Wed.
Munich      Fri. + Wed.
Stuttgart    Fri. + Wed

From Scandinavia:

Star Tour flies to Sal every Wednesday directly from Stockholm and Copenhagen.

TAP offers good connections several times a week via Lisbon from Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

Condor flies via Frankfurt every Friday from all Scandinavian capitals as well as Gothenburg, though the flight back will land both in Banjul and Frankfurt.

Just ask us, and we will find the best connections and prices for you!

From the airport it’s only 15 minutes to Santa Maria, and you’ll already see the Kite Beach and the kites from a distance on the way to your accommodation. That’ll really get you ready to head to the beach.

Food and Beverage

  • Main dishes starting at 6 € (Tuna Filet)
  • For self catering, calculate approximately 15-25 € per day in our mostly rather remote destinations, we put great emphasize on the cooperation with farmers, fisher men and markets from the surrounding villages. Due to the use of regional and seasonal products, we ask for your understanding that specific diets can not always be catered for – such as lactose free, gluten free or vegan dishes.

Entry Documents & Visa

  • You can obtain a visa at the airport for 25€
  • Passport valid for at least six months

Currency & Other Payments

  • The currency is the „Escudo de Cabo Verde (ECV)
  • You can pay in euro but you will get ECV as change
  • Getting money from ATMs is possible but it can be pretty expensive (with credit card, generally only Visa works)
  • Here you get to a currency converter:
  • https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

Power Supply and Internet connection

  • European plug type C and F (230 V)
  • free Wireless is available but unreliable

Kite School and Gear

  • Kiteschool Mitu Monteiro
  • Brandnew material (kites: F-One, Bandit 5-14m2, Boards: F-One, Trax, Demo, Acid)

Kiteservice includes:

  • Start –und Landing service
  • Compressor
  • Extensive assitance through the team on location
  • Storage

What gear to take:

  • Board, harness, bar and kites
  • A male, advanced kiter (Level 6 or 7),  weighing ca. 80 kg needs: 8 – 12 m2
  • Most frequently used kitesize: 10 m2

Spots

  • Kitebeach (east side with side-onshore wind) approximately 10 min. from Santa Maria.
  • Santa Maria Bay (Southside with side-offshore wind), not even 5 min. with the shuttle.
  • Baia de Mudeira Bay, here you’ll find more spots: Calheta Funda, Rife and Praia da Canoa. These spots are for advanced kiters and recommended when there is a swell from west to north-west
  • Ponta Sino, located at the southwest of the island has offshore wind and only recommended for (very) advanced kiter
  • Ponta Leme is mostly offshore wind, but does have pefectly flat water. Only recommended for the advanced kiter as the entry is very short and the wind is quite gusty due to the wind direction.

Packlist

  • Passport
  • Sunscreen, we recommend LSF 30 – 50, waterresistant
  • Aprés sun lotion
  • Beach towel
  • Flip flops
  • Summer clothing, possibly a jumper for the evenings (temeparatures are between 23°C and 30°C all year round).
  • For beginners we recommend thin surfshoes
  • during winter you might need a shorty or a thin longarm wetsuit
  • Kitegear (board, harness, bar and kites)