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Kitesurfing in Brazil


Kitesurfing in Brazil:
Top 10  Reasons

Kitesurfing in Brazil equates to experiencing one of the premier kite destinations globally. Brazil earns its moniker as the "Promised Land" for kitesurfers with ample justification. Those who've tasted the thrill of kiteboarding here inevitably find themselves drawn back, and for valid reasons—specifically, the following ten:

The Wind

For kite enthusiasts, few disappointments rival the scenario of embarking on a costly journey halfway across the globe, only to discover a scant few days of kite-worthy winds amidst their cherished vacation period. It's evident that wind probability holds significant sway when selecting a kitesurfing destination.

Let's dive straight into the crux of the matter—the wind. What sets Brazil's legendary wind apart?

Wind Strength and Reliability

Thanks to the consistent northeast trade winds, northeastern Brazil boasts nearly 100% wind coverage from late July to mid-January. And this isn't a gentle breeze we're talking about. The lower threshold hovers around 5 Beaufort (16 – 22 knots), with a daily average typically reaching 6 Beaufort (22 – 28 knots). Seldom does it exceed 7 Beaufort (28 – 34 knots). In essence, it's the ideal wind strength for exhilarating rides and mastering new kiteboarding maneuvers in Brazil.

However, it's worth noting that due to higher temperatures, the wind has lower density, hence generating less pressure. Put differently, 6 Beaufort on a Swiss mountain lake at 14°C feels significantly more vigorous than twice the temperature on a Brazilian beach.

Wind Direction

That covers wind strength and reliability, but there's more to consider regarding wind dynamics. Another crucial aspect in kiteboarding is wind direction. Offshore winds, blowing towards the sea, pose grave risks and are strongly discouraged without proper safety measures. Fortunately, Brazilian winds don't blow offshore! In northeast Brazil, winds predominantly come side-onshore from the right. Hence, a lifeboat isn't even a necessity. Should a mishap occur, you and your gear will swiftly wash ashore.

Wind Quality

Lastly, let's address wind quality. Is it turbulent, choppy, or riddled with dead zones? The answer to all these queries is a resounding 'no.' Winds along Brazilian beaches sweep from the open sea to the shore without obstruction, resulting in smooth, consistent airflow devoid of turbulence or dead spots. It's akin to wind quality under laboratory conditions, making for an optimal kiteboarding experience.

The Ocean

Due to its proximity to the equator and the consistently tropical temperatures, the Atlantic Ocean's water temperature maintains a steady range between 80.6 – 84.2 °F throughout the year. This warmth rivals that of a bathtub, rendering the need for lengthy wetsuits unnecessary.

The sandy beaches here are adorned with only a sparse scattering of seashells. Fortunately, the kind adorned with spikes, dreaded by kitesurfers, are a rare sight.

Rarely does the sea harbor hazardous obstacles like rocks, corals, or groynes. Typically, these obstructions are revealed, at the latest, during low tide. If you're navigating a spot for the first time, seek guidance from local kite schools or fellow kiteboarders to glean insights about the area.

Kitesurfing in Brazil offers a diverse array of conditions to suit every preference. From glassy, shallow waters to waves ranging from 1.6 to 8.2 feet, and from saltwater lagoons to river mouths, it presents an expansive playground sure to quicken the pulse of every kiteboarder. Many kite spots in Brazil even offer a blend of wave and flat water simultaneously, thanks to the presence of lagoons, sandbanks, or estuaries.

Downwind Kitesurfing

Brazil is renowned as the realm of kitesurfing downwinders, also known as downwind kitesurf safaris. Driving your vehicle along the beach is permitted across most areas. Given the prevalent cross-onshore winds, Brazilian kitesurfers often enjoy the company of a land vehicle while navigating the waters.

In contrast to many countries where kiting is confined to designated areas near hotels or kite stations, Brazil offers unrestricted kitesurfing opportunities.

Embarking on a downwind kitesafari not only unveils new kite spots and stretches of coastline but also enriches your kite vacation with a plethora of experiences, prolonging the mental escape from everyday life. Spending extended periods in a single location can inevitably invite monotony, hastening the end of precious vacation days. With perfect kite conditions spanning the entire north, Brazil's diverse and captivating landscape beckons exploration beyond one locale. Hence, an increasing number of kitesurfers are embracing the allure of downwinders, journeying from spot to spot with their kites.

In our diverse downwind groups, comprising an international ensemble, both enjoyment and learning opportunities are prioritized. Mingling with new acquaintances and exchanging experiences about our shared passion, often accompanied by a few libations, enriches the experience. 

A lot of space for everyone

You might be tempted to think, "With such incredible conditions, it must be bustling everywhere." Yet, no kitesurfer, whether novice, intermediate, or expert, relishes overcrowded kite spots. When you're constantly vigilant of others behind you, the joy of kitesurfing is compromised. Particularly in the lagoons near hotspots, chaos can ensue during peak seasons. But must you kite where everyone else does? Absolutely not!

Consider this: the coastline of Ceará state alone stretches for 573 kilometers, offering ample kitesurfing opportunities virtually everywhere. During our Kitesurf Downwinders in Brazil, you'll journey countless miles alongside a small group, reveling in open spaces devoid of crowds. All this, amidst perfect water and wind conditions.

Fantastic weather conditions

Three degrees south of the equator, the region maintains a steady temperature of 86°F year-round. The persistent sea breeze ensures this temperature remains comfortably bearable. Essential accessories for kitesurfing include waterproof sunscreen or sunblock, while attire typically consists of a Lycra with UV protection paired with board shorts.

As the day transitions into evening, a shirt and dry board shorts suffice. For those susceptible to feeling chilly in the wind post-sunset, a thin sweatshirt is advisable. Nighttime temperatures rarely drop below 72°F (22°C).

An Amazing land

Brazil spans nearly half of South America and ranks as the fifth largest country globally. Its geography boasts remarkable diversity, featuring lush Amazon rainforests in the north and a landscape dominated by plateaus, hills, and mountains in the south. While the southern and central-western regions are characterized by varied terrain, the majority of Brazil's population resides along the densely populated Atlantic coast, home to many major cities.

With a coastline stretching 4660 miles, Brazil offers ample opportunities for coastal activities. The prime kitesurfing conditions are concentrated in the northeast, encompassing the states of Ceará, Maranhão, Piauí, Paraíba, and Rio Grande do Norte. Combined, these states boast an impressive 1140 miles of coastline, adorned with palm-fringed sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. Abundant lagoons, estuaries, and sandbanks further enhance the kitesurfing experience.

Brazil exudes a unique charm, offering a paradise far removed from the stresses of daily life. Here, the hustle and bustle of the latest news and media take a back seat, allowing visitors to unwind and rejuvenate from the moment they set foot on the beach.

Fresh and tasty food

Brazilian cuisine shines brightly, boasting a delectable array of traditional dishes sure to satisfy every palate. Freshly caught fish, shrimp, and lobster are abundant and surprisingly gentle on the vacation budget. Locally sourced meats of exceptional quality ensure that chicken and tender steaks grace the menus of nearly every restaurant.

However, Brazilian culinary delights extend beyond seafood and meats; pizza, burgers, and sweets enjoy widespread popularity among locals. What better way to conclude a day than by savoring a caipirinha or a cold beer on the beach, following an exhilarating kite session against the backdrop of a sunset? Caipirinhas and local brews come at a bargain, perfect for washing away the saltwater from your throat.

For those favoring a healthier option, freshly squeezed juices offer a plethora of choices, including orange, pineapple, papaya, and passion fruit. Alternatively, why not begin with a refreshing coconut to quench your thirst, followed by one or two caipirinhas?


Brazilians are known for their vibrant and hospitable nature, characterized by warmth, helpfulness, and an open-minded attitude. However, it's important to acknowledge the high crime rates in major cities. As a foreigner ("gringo"), it's advisable to avoid venturing out alone at night in urban areas. Yet, venturing beyond these metropolitan hubs significantly reduces the risk of encountering crime. Even in rural locales, it's wise to refrain from carrying large sums of money openly.

In the northern regions of Brazil, proficiency in English is uncommon. Spanish or Italian speakers may find some common ground through gestures and expressions, but English proficiency is limited in these areas.

Still affordable

While Brazil may have been more affordable for vacationers 15 years ago, the current price-performance ratio remains reasonable. With a bit of exploration, one can discover suitable accommodations and dining options to fit various budgets. In local markets, known as Mercados, goods are typically priced without a "gringo surcharge," allowing visitors to purchase items at the same rate as locals.

It's worth noting: there is no visa fee upon entry to or departure from the country.


What would Brazil be without its vibrant carnival, rhythmic samba, captivating capoeira, and refreshing caipirinha? Brazilians embrace life with gusto, and their zest for living is palpable. However, if you still have the energy for revelry after a full day of kitesurfing, you'll find Jericoacoara (also known as Jeri) or Pipa to be ideal destinations. In these locales, the party doesn't stop. Elsewhere, restaurants in small fishing villages typically close by 10:00 p.m. at the latest. But let's be honest, if you're still wide awake at that hour, you probably haven't kitesurfed enough.

Brazilians are laid-back and love to celebrate, whether it's carnival, a birthday, or simply the weekend. During such occasions, many migrate from the countryside to the beach or from the city to the countryside to partake in the festivities. They warmly welcome strangers, so don't be surprised if you suddenly find yourself immersed in a Brazilian birthday bash, enthusiastically celebrating alongside newfound friends.

Our guest house also serves as a hub for kiteboarding enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you're a beginner eager to take your first ride or an advanced rider seeking new challenges, we offer comprehensive courses in kitesurfing, wing foiling, strapless riding, twintip, and downwind adventures.

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What else to say?

Brazil stands out as an ideal destination for kitesurfing. As the largest country in South America, it excels in all the crucial aspects. With reliable winds, consistently warm temperatures, and stunning coastal landscapes, Brazil has it all. Moreover, its extensive coastline ensures a diverse array of kite spots to explore, including numerous flat water locations perfect for beginners to hone their skills in waist-deep lagoons.  Overall, Brazil offers excellent value for money.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us now and book your Kitesurfing holidays with is at Pousada Kite Guajirù

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