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Luftaufnahme der Kitestation auf den Kapverden

Welcome to the wave paradise of Sal

Aerial Kapverden Kitestation auf Sal am Kitestrand

Season: November through late April

Do you dream of your first ride through the waves on a kiteboard? KBC Sal will make your dream come true – this is where you’ll find the best conditions for learning to wavekite. This is also where wavekite pro Mitu Monteiro trains. Gentle, well-tempered waves, warm water, reliable trade winds, a magnificent wide sandy white beach and our experienced German- and English-speaking team of professional kite instructors. We’ll set you up with the latest kite gear from F-ONE. At our Centre, located right on the kite beach, you can relax with a cool drink on the sun terrace and enjoy fresh treats from the bar.

And when you’re not kitesurfing, you can surf, SUP, take an excursion or explore the island’s vibrant nightlife. The Cape Verdean joie de vivre, the surf culture and a deep attachment to the sea all await you. Make friends for life and experience an unforgettable kite holiday in this wave surfer’s paradise.  See you soon on Sal in Cabo Verde!

 

Seb
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KBC Sal Stationsleiter Sebastian

Wavekiting in paradise

Kitesurfing Instruction

Kitesurflehrer mit Schüler am Strand von Sal

Beginners level

Our philosophy of sustainable training should enable each participant to use the kite and board independently – and above all, safely – after completing the course. Our basic courses are taught in very small groups of no more than two students.

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Kitesurfing the Atlantic Ocean

intermediate/advanced level + one-on-one instruction

If you already know how to use a kite and board and have mastered the theory behind the sport, then our advanced training courses are perfect for you. In this course, you’ll learn the water-start procedure and how to safely ride those first few metres.

Are you interested in private instruction? Are you too advanced for our group classes and would like to learn something new, from beginner techniques through tricks and kiting through the waves? Your kite instructor will tailor the course content to your personal level and be at your side to safely guide you step by step towards your goal:

  • Private training for kitesurfers of all levels
  • Courses for kids (10 years and above)
  • Riding techniques for manoeuvres and tricks
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Kitesurfing waves

kitesurfing in the waves

There’s a well-tempered wave for beginners right on the kite beach, where you can master your new techniques quickly and safely on our top-quality wave kiteboards from the rental office. Our experienced instructors will show you how to approach and ride the wave with a kite.

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Kitesurf students at KBC Sal

Wave Camp

The Wave Camp is specially designed for kitesurfers who have already gained experience in flat water (VDWS Level 6 and above) and want to take a professional approach to their fascination with this unusual dimension of kitesurfing. Led by experienced instructors, over the course of a week you’ll learn everything you need to know about waves and will master new techniques, which will enable you to safely ride the waves on your surfboard. That pure, unalloyed feeling of riding down the face of a wave is simply indescribable and becomes tremendously addictive in no time at all. We’ll show you how it’s done.

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Equipment Rental

Material pool

  • 50 kites from F-ONE in all sizes from 5 m² to 14 m²
  • 40 boards – all current F-ONE freestyle, freeride and waveboards in all sizes
  • 14 surfboards – from the Mini Malibu to the SUP from BIC Sport
  • Harnesses (Manera, Prolimit and Mystic) in sizes XS to XXL as well as children’s sizes
  • Neoprene suits (Prolimit and Mystic) in sizes XS to XXL as well as children’s sizes

Reserve in advance to ensure that you always have the equipment you need even if you have to switch several times a day. A licence corresponding to VDWS licence level 5 is required in order to hire gear.

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Equipment booking

You’re welcome to hire equipment from us if you wish. Our top-quality F-ONE material pool is located directly on the kite beach at the Kite Centre. Rentals include a free shuttle and assisted kitesurfing.

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Test & buy

What about kite gear of your own – now, that would be something! But which kite size and which board? There’s only one thing to do: start testing! You can test everything for up to 30 minutes at no charge, check the carrying capacity, get advice and buy directly from us: kites and boards from F-ONE and harnesses from Manera. Just let us know.

We’ll be happy to advise you!

Specials at KBC Sal

Kite Downwind with us

Join us on our downwind tours. We’ll start either in Pedra de Lume and kite to our station or we’ll start off from the KBC and kite along the coast to Santa Maria. Both tours last approximately one and a half hours. Just sign up at the reception desk and we’ll set up your tour.

group of kitesurfers kitesurfing downlwind

kite excursions for surf lovers

Do you feel confident about smaller waves and would like to experience the thrill of surfing big waves? We’ll be pleased to organise an excursion to the west coast for you. Two of our kite instructors will come along and show you the really fun spots. Register at the office

kite excursions for surf lovers

Centre Profile

Kite beach & spot

The KBC is situated on the kite beach in the eastern part of the island. In our bay, the wind is stable and blows cross-onshore. Your path across the fine sand takes you to the flat water-start area and a small wave that travels to the shore at large intervals. Here – under perfect conditions for beginners – is where we’ll train you. Somewhat further out to sea is where a real wave awaits you, one that breaks cleanly and is easy to ride. For experienced kitesurfers, our assisted kitesurfing service offers storage, use of the station and someone to keep an eye on you.

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Assisted kitesurfing

 

Explore the kite spot – we’ll help you! We’ll tell you about the prevailing wind and wave conditions, provide professional launching and landing assistance and be on hand to answer any questions regarding how to master the spot and riding technique. You are welcome to store your kite gear with us at the station overnight.

  • Free shuttle service from your hotel to the kite beach (9am and 10am)
  • Free shuttle service from the kite beach to your hotel (4.30pm and 5.30pm)
  • Storage boxes for your personal kite gear
  • Night watch service
  • Our experienced beach staff are on hand to help you launch and land your kite.
  • And the use of all Kite Centre facilities free of charge.
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Meals

We recommend either accommodation including breakfast or a holiday apartment with self-catering, since you can enjoy delicious lunches and dinners at the Centre. Santa Maria also has a number of excellent cafés, bistros and restaurants:

  • Cape Fruit: A paradise for fruit and veg juice fans (over 30 kinds) plus a lavish breakfast, salads and wraps – all homemade and freshly prepared.
  • Papaya: Don’t miss the all-you-can-eat breakfast, right at the water’s edge with an incomparable view of the Santa Maria bay.
  • Giramondo: Quick breakfasts, good coffee and a popular place to stop by in the evening for freshly made ice cream, cocktails, great music and a chill atmosphere in the centre of Santa Maria.
  • Fishermans: German cuisine featuring local, freshly caught fish.

...And that’s only a small selection of recommended places to eat. We’ll be happy to give you more suggestions – just stop by!

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photo and video service

Would you like a truly special memento of your kite holiday? Then why not book a private photo or video shoot? Our photographer’s attention will be completely focused on you and your surf tricks. She’ll shoot a number of sequences to ensure that you have a huge selection from which to choose the finest images. These will then be processed and burned onto a DVD. Stop by the KBC Sal reception desk to book your personal photo shoot.

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Bar & Restaurant

We prepare delicious dishes for you right at our beach bar. The portions are designed with hungry kiters in mind, but we also serve snacks and sandwiches for between meals. And rumour has it that all of Santa Maria has heard of our pizza. Twice a week, you’ll also have a chance to try Cape Verdean specialities. From great coffee at breakfast, lunchtime beer and a sundowner at day’s end – it’s all here.

Our kitchen is open all day.

Parties & events

In Santa Maria, there’s something on every evening – and with over 60 clubs, bars and restaurants to choose from, there’s something for everyone. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the high street is closed off to traffic– and the bars and clubs take over. We recommend:

Brasilian: the best caipirinha in town. Unpretentious plastic chairs and tables right on the beach and amazing caipirinhas. Open from 4pm until evening (not all night ). Perfect for a sundowner!

Giramondo: very popular in the evenings, featuring freshly made ice cream, cocktails, great music and a chill atmosphere in the centre of town.

Fishermans: German restaurant with local, freshly caught fish and live football on TV.

Pub Calema: the hottest place to be, with a happy hour nearly every day from 8-10pm.

...And for more tips, just ask!

The Kite Centre

Our Kite Centre on the kite beach is brand new and was built in 2016. From here it’s a mere 100 m to the water’s edge. The Kite Centre is cosily furnished and ideal for relaxing after a marvellous day of kiting:

  • Storage boxes for your personal kite gear
  • Night watch service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lockers for valuables
  • Toilets
  • Sun terraces
  • Bar and restaurant (open all day)

If you’re travelling with a non-kiter, they are of course very welcome at KBC and can use all facilities free of charge.

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Reparatur

We work closely together with a large sail maker in Santa Maria that helps pros with kite repairs. We’ll make sure that your kite is up and flying again as soon as possible.

  • Repair of holes in the bladder material
  • Replacement of defective valves
  • Professional replacement of torn kite lines
  • Repair of burst front tubes, struts or large cracks in the cloth
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Activities

In addition to ideal kitesurfing conditions, Sal offers a varied leisure programme for non-kiters and for kiters interested in alternative activities on a windless day:

  • A spacious sun terrace with sun loungers at the KBC Centre
  • Surfing: classes and rentals at the KBC Centre
  • SUP: classes and rentals at the KBC Centre
  • Sailboat hire
  • Jet ski hire
  • Desert quad tours
  • Excursion to Shark Bay (where at low tide you can see sharks in Pedra de Lume)
  • Excursion to Salinas (former salt mines in the crater of an inactive volcano – splash around and relax in the salt water)
  • Fishing expeditions for early birds (5—6am)
  • Rides on friendly horses

We’ll be happy to advise you on-site.

Or you can send us an email in advance.

Checklist for KBC Sal

Don’t forget:

  • Your passport. This must be valid for at least 6 months after the final day of travel.
  • Swimwear
  • Flip flops, beach sandals
  • Sport sunglasses with a strap, preferably polarised
  • Sun hat or cap

Things you’ll need but can rent or buy on Sal:

  • Waterproof sunscreen, with a high SPF (the best are available from our on-site shop)
  • UV protection clothing, e.g. a Lycra shirt (from our shop; included in the KBC Wave Camp) and board shorts
  • Shorty (if you have it; otherwise, this can be hired when you arrive)

Things you can leave at home:

  • Your kite pump – we have hand-operated pumps for all popular types of valve.
  • Electrical adapter (if you are travelling from Central Europe); otherwise, you will need to bring one along.

We will be happy to answer any further questions you may have!

Wind & Weather

Current measurement data

The wind forecast for Sal is available on Windytv.

The wind comes from the north-east and blows cross-onshore over the KBC kite beach. The trade winds are very reliable, with only a brief lull in mid-summer. From early November to late April, the trade winds ensure truly impressive, outstanding wind statistics. We recommend a shorty, as well as always wearing high-quality, waterproof sunscreen.  

Windstatistics KBC Sal

Current measurement data

The wind data at Sal International Airport is obtained from Windfinder.

Arrival

Flights

Day of arrival
Daily

Flights
Sal, one of the Cape Verde islands, lies south of the Canaries, 400 kilometres from the coast of Senegal. Sal is easy to reach from all over Europe (e.g. London, Manchester, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Brussels or Lisbon) with TUIfly, Thomson, Thomas Cook or TAP. Flights from Central Europe are around six hours. Certain routes include a brief stopover on the neighbouring island of Boa Vista. The ride from the airport to the hotel takes around 20 minutes.

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Transfers

We’ll be pleased to arrange your transfer from the airport. The driver from the transfer service will wait for you at the Arrivals exit, holding a sign with your name. He’ll safely take you and any gear you may have either to the station or to your hotel – whichever you prefer.

Airport transfer

Airport Transfer Individual
Individual transfer from the airport to hotel and from hotel to the airport, available from 8.00 AM till 8.00 PM.
40,00 € Book
Airport Transfer Group
Transfer from airport to hotel and from hotel to the airport for 2, 3 or 4 people, from 8.00 AM till 8.00 PM. Price per person.
20,00 € Book
Night Airport Transfer Individual
Individual transfer aiport-hotel and hotel-airport in the night, from 8.00 PM till 8.00 AM.
45,00 € Book
Night Airport Transfer Group
Transfer from airport to hotel and from hotel to the airport in the night, from 8.00 PM till 8.00 AM, for 2, 3 or 4 people. Price per person.
22,50 € Book

On-site mobility

KBC shuttle
If you sign up for one of our kiting courses, hire equipment or book assisted kitesurfing, we’ll collect you in the morning with our free KBC shuttle (9 or 10am). Then, after a successful day of kiting, our shuttle will collect you again and return you to your hotel (4.30 or 5.30pm). All you need to do is stop by the Centre on your first day and we’ll arrange the pick-up service for the remainder of your stay.

 

 

Accomodation on Sal

Accommodation on Sal Sal offers the right accommodation for every holidaymaker. Whether you’re looking for a large hotel, a B&B, a holiday apartment or a hostel, Sal has it all – from simply furnished to the height of luxury. Here are a few recommendations:

Aparthotel Ponta Preta Our guests love it here: the complex is near the beach (100 m) and features small, well-appointed holiday apartments with a kitchen unit and balcony. For small groups, we recommend Ponta Preta, which is clean and inexpensive.

Apartments Porto Antigo Lovely, nicely furnished apartments directly on the beach of Santa Maria, with a view of the old fishing docks. Each apartment has its own patio with pool and garden access.

Dunas de Sal A tranquil hotel resort with a charming garden and and only 8 minutes’ walking distance from the white sandy beach. The friendly, high-ceilinged rooms have Wi-Fi (for a surcharge), TV, minibar and safe. In the upper price range, suites and rooms with a balcony also include a tea and coffee maker. The suites also have a whirlpool bath and sofa. The breakfast buffet (included) is served in the elegant restaurant. In addition, there is an open-air bar with live music at the outer pool. The hotel complex features a diving centre, a gym, and yoga classes as well as massage and laundry services.

Morabeza Hotel Morabeza is without question one of Sal’s most exclusive hotel complexes. It is situated directly on the fabulous, miles-long sand beach of Santa Maria. And it’s only around a 10-minute walk from the hotel to the centre of town and the many shops, restaurants and bars.

Other Accomodation

There are other hotels and B&Bs on Sal as well, including the following three, which are somewhat lower in price:

Santa Maria Beach
Clean and inexpensive, Santa Maria Beach is only 100 m from the bathing beach. Breakfast is included.

Pousada da Luz
An unpretentious, clean and attractively priced inn, with breakfast included.

Surf House Cabo Verde
These moderately priced, modern apartments are situated around 300 m from the bathing beach. 

We’ll be happy to advise you.

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Our travel specialist Rosi Mayer always finds the best possible prices, can give you detailed insider tips on the region and looks forward to creating a complete package for you, including your flight, transfers, accommodation and all you need for kitesurfing.

KBC Travel | Rosi Mayer
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