Cape Verde, Island of Sal, is a small Island located in Africa. It is a kitesurfing paradise in winter – from October till April the wind is constant and strong, making it the perfect places to learn how to kitesurf in the waves, both with your regular twin tip board or with a surfboard! The weather is really good in winter, a wetsuit is recommended but not mandatory, and the evening are pleasantly warm. We need to mention the atmosphere of the place – it is full of kiters and you can really feel the vibe of our sports: Cape Verde is the hometown of some of the best riders in the world and we will have the chance of learning directly from them!
From 30th of January till 13th of February! Choose as many days as you want to join our kite camp, you will be staying in our Surfhouse or in a hotel (if the Surf House is full) in the town of Santa Maria, so you can be flexible with your holidays and find the best flights that match your trip!
Our camp is in the Island of Sal, we will be visiting different spots, but mostly we will stay at the beach of Santa Maria or at the classic Kite Beach spot, the kite spot of the World Champion Mitu Monteiro and his good friend and awesome kiter Djo.
The first day is the day of your arrival! You will be picked up at the airport, and go directly to the Surf House, where you will meet the team. If the team is at the Kite Beach and if you have enough energy, we will have a first kiting session at Kite Beach. We will have dinner in town and have an early night, a kiting day is waiting for us tomorrow!
DAY 2 TILL DAY 13
After breakfast, we will head to the Kite Beach for a full kitesurfing day. The Sick Dog Team will be on the beach to make sure that each kiter gets the training he/she needs. It’s a lot of time in the water, as we expect wind every day! We will have lunch at Kite Beach and have dinner in town, followed by a bit of live music in Buddy Bar. Every night there is something to do in Santa Maria, and depending on the day we will find something fun to do.
All days will be focused on kitesurfing, unless we won’t have wind enough for a session. In such case, we have a wide range of activities, like surfing, wing foiling, SUPs, sailing and a island Quad Trip.
It’s time to leave the island! Depending on your flight, we will transfer you back to the airport, and see you next time!
The cost is 100€ per night, and you can choose your nights according to your holidays, cause the camp will run for 15 days. Our European team includes instructors, kite gurus, and guides to organize and make your camp a successful one. We will be kitesurfing everyday (if windy), in the perfect environment to improve our skills or learn kiting from zero.
OUR KITE CAMP WEEKLY PACKAGES:
OPTIONAL – KITESURF FULL EQUIPMENT RENTAL – 295€ per week
OPTIONAL – KITESURF COMPLETE COURSE – from 280€, 10h lessons, from zero till your first meters on the board!
OPTIONAL – WAVE or FREESTYLE CLINIC – Package of 5 lessons with Elvis Nunes – contact us for more info and availabilities
OPTIONAL – WAVE and STRAPLESS CLINIC – Package lessons with 1x World Champion Mitu Monteiro – contact us for more info and availabilities
And even if you are accompanied by a non kiter, the town itself is very pretty and fun, with beautiful beaches and nice bars to chill out and enjoy the sunsets. It is possible to do other sport activity, like surfing, stand up paddle boarding, diving, fishing and Quad driving.
Our evenings are also pretty full with things to do, we like to go out and explore the town, listen to rock and local music, have good dinners and party.
Cape Verde is very well connected to Europe – the airport of arrival is SID, on the island of Sal.
The main companies flying there are:
If you can’t find a flight, let us know – we work closely with an european travel agency to help us out.
The main beach of Santa Maria is our home spot, offering good conditions for kiting with stable and strong wind. We kite directly in front of our school, and that is of course very practical, we can this way maximize the time in the water and really the the hours on to improve or learn. The wind is Side-offshore, so we always have a boat to support us in case we start drifting downwind and we need rescue, and we love this extra security.
Kite Beach is a great spot for learning kitesurfing in the waves and to practice with your twin tip. It is a long beach spot with plenty of space for everyone and no shallow reef, pretty safe and secure. The wind is side-onshore, stable and around 20 knots every day. This is where we will kite most of our time, where we will have our kitesurfing course and where we will have our freestyle strapless clinics.
Sierra Negra is a spot with more regular waves, very good for intermediate riders that want to go one step further – this is where normally our wave clinics will take part.
Ponta Preta – only for intermediate/expert. The definitive wave of Cape Verde. Only the best can really master it, but it is anyway a good opportunity to challenge ourself and try it .
Cause we love kitesurfing, but we will have time also to do other things… all the activities below are at extra cost and do depend on wind conditions. Everything is pretty much at walking distance from our surf house, Santa Maria is a small town and we are located close to the center town.
Surfing – we will be surfing in the main beach of Santa Maria, with small, medium wave, perfect for learning and having fun or improving your skills.
Sailing – we will sail on S/Y Cuba Libre with our skipper Hendrik, for a day of chill and surf and a final sunset cruise.
Quad – if we find a no wind day, we can rent some quads and have a trip through the desertic part of the island of Sal.
BBQ – on thursday we will have our BBQ and party night at Funana, by the beach. Perfect for relaxing after a good kiting day.
Evenings and live music – Santa Maria offers plenty of Bars, Restaurants and small clubs all at a walking distance from our Surfhouse. Most nights we will head to town for food and drinks, our favorites hangouts spots are Buddy Bar, located in the center of Santa Maria, with live music every night and Columbus, for a touch of Italian-Cape Verdian fusion dinner. On Friday we will join Erika and her team directly on the kite spot at 100 Feet for a night with a live DJ.
Yoga – after a long session, nothing better than 1h Yoga with our certified instructor Sheena to get fresh and stretch for the day after!
Our surf house is located in the town of Santa Maria, 5 mins walking from the noisy center of town – the perfect place to recharge your batteries between sessions.
The Surf House is divided in floors – every floor has different rooms with private toilet and a common area for cooking, chilling and having a drink. There is also a common area with a garden, hammocks and a billiard table in our small bar.
We have available double and triple rooms for your stay. At an extra price it is possible to have a single room or even a studio apartment in the Surf House.
In case the SurfHouse is busy, we will be staying at Hotel da Luz, located minutes from Santa Maria city and 400 meters from the most beautiful beaches of Sal Island, such as Leme beach.
Breakfast is included, a perfect way to get started with our kitesurfing day.
Strapless rider and the original founder of Sick Dog, Roberto spends most of his Winters in Cape Verde, kiting in the morning, eating Tuna, and getting in shape for the kite cruise season.
Mery will join us this year in Cape Verde for the first time, with her energy and her planning skills will make sure our days are filled with activities (and fun).