Welcome to the wave paradise of Sal
The kite centre on Sal is open. The season ends on 30 April 2022.
The KBC Centre on Sal has a new tenant. The centre is now the 100 Feet Kite School and can be booked directly here. All bookable services from the kite centre on Sal will be provided by the 100 Feet Kite School and no longer by the Kiteboarding Club.
Season: November through late April
Do you dream of your first ride through the waves on a kiteboard? The kiteschool 100 Feed will make your dream come true – this is where you’ll find the best conditions for learning to wavekite, freestyle and kitesurf strapless. The kitebeach Sal is also where wavekite pro Mitu Monteiro trains. Gentle, well-tempered waves, warm water, reliable trade winds, a magnificent wide sandy white beach and the experienced team of professional kite instructors of the 100 Feet Kitesurf School. They’ll set you up with the latest kite gear from Peter Lynn. At the 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!
Erica & Elvis
Wavekiting in paradise
You want to try kitesurfing, but you are not sure yet. So try the 3-hour introductory courses. You can also choose beginner's courses with 6, 8 or 10 lessons with two students per teacher sharing a kite. The kite instructors are all IKO certified and train according to international regulations with years of experience. The lessons include kite equipment, insurance, a helmet for radio training and the IKO Vcard (from the 6-hour packages).
|Kitesurf Introduction Course 3h||95€|
|Group Course 6h||210€|
|Group Course 8h||270€|
|Group Course 10h||310€|
If you already know how to use a kite and board and have mastered the theory behind the sport, then our advanced private 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. It's an individual supervision. You choose between 6, 8 and 10-hour courses, depending on the practical needs.
|Private Lessons 2h||120€|
|Private Lessons 6h||360€|
|Private Lessons 8h||460€|
|Private Lessons 10h||550€|
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 Lessons 2h||120€|
|Private Lessons 6h||360€|
|Private Lessons 8h||460€|
|Private Lessons 10h||550€|
Private Training with a Prokiter
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. You can also learn freestyle or strapless kiteboarding from the specialist / prokitsurfer for a small extra charge.
|Private Training with a Prokiter 1h Freestyle||90€|
|Private Training with a Prokiter 1h Wave||110€|
- Kites by North, Carve, Orbit
- Boards - freestyle and freeride boards by Woodboard and wave boards by Kiteloose
- Harnesses by Mystic and Nuke
- Wetsuits by Mystic and Nuke
Kitematerial will only be handed out to experienced kitesurfers for hire. As a beginner or if the course is not finished, you can not borrow any material yet. In the first hour of rental you will be looked after by an experienced kite instructor, who will check your kite level. Rental material must be paid in advance. Optionally, an insurance can be booked. In case of damage, the insurance covers the entire repair costs.Book equipment
|Rental gear||Kite||Board||Wave Board||Kite & Twintip||Kite & Strapless|
The insucrance is not included in the rental price. Please book the insurance extra. Also book the transfer to the kitebeach and back separately.
|1 day||15€||39€||- €|
|2 days||30€||- €||- €|
|3 days||40€||- €||- €|
|1 week||80€||95€||- €|
|2 weeks||150€||190€||- €|
Kite beach & spot
The kitesurf school 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.Book storage
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
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!Sal's hotels
Bar & Restaurant
We prepare delicious dishes for you right at our beach bar. We also serve fresh tuna, focaccias, salads, pizza and pasta. The portions are designed with hungry kiters in mind, but we also serve snacks for between meals. And rumour has it that all of Santa Maria has heard of our pizza. From great coffee at breakfast, lunchtime beer and a sundowner at day’s end – it’s all here.
Friday from 5pm
SUNSET HAPPY HOUR
with caipirinha and Dj Elvis
with Live Music
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
The kite centre on the kite beach is 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
- Sun terraces
- Bar and restaurant (open from 9am - 5pm)
If you’re travelling with a non-kiter, they are of course very welcome at the kitesurf centre and can use all facilities free of charge.Book storage
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 kite centre
- Surfing: classes and rentals at one of the surf schools in Santa Maria
- SUP: classes and rentals at one of the surf schools in Santa Maria
- 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 your kitesurf holiday at Sal
- Your passport. This must be valid for at least 6 months after the final day of travel.
- 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
- UV protection clothing, e.g. a Lycra shirt 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.
Wind & Weather
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.
Day of arrival
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.
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 Day (oneway)
Transfer from the Airport Sal to the hotel on the Island Sal or to the kitesurf centre at daytime.
Airport Transfer Night (oneway)
Transfer from the Airport Sal to the hotel on the Island Sal or to the kitesurf centre in the night.
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 kitecentre shuttle. Then, after a successful day of kiting, our shuttle will collect you again and return you to your hotel. It is 6€ per person per day. 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.
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.
Ask the team
Station Owner and Manager Erica and Elvis and the team on site will gladly answer your questions about the center, the spot and the actions on site. They have detailed insider knowledge about the region.
Book your kitesurf services
If you need a complete package of flights, transfers, accommodation and kite services, please fill out the form on the right and we are happy to arrange your personal offer.
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