Tips and best beaches to practice the sport in the city
Gustavo Costa, 44, better known as Kimbi, has a strong relationship with the sea. He is Pioneer of SUP in Bahia, and practices this sport in the most diverse categories. He has rowed 4 times to Morro de São Paulo. He also practices the fish paddle (or Paddle Boards fish) – the trawl fishing on SUP’s board. In 2012 Gustavo got the biggest fish of Brazil in this modality: a 25 kilo caranha, in the north coast, in Guarajuba, Bahia. Kitesurfing is an old passion. The modality he is passionate about is Kitewave. He tells everything in this itinerary with tips about the best beaches to practice Kite in Salvador.
He explains that from September to February the northeast wind prevails. The best places to sail are: Rua K, in Itapuã, which has a smooth, wave-free sea; Terceira Ponte, which is great too; and in Aleluia, in Lauro de Freitas, where you can sail in the waves. On Terceira Ponte is where the largest number of Kite Surfers gathers in the summer. It is there that Mauricio Sales de Jesus, known as Pequeno, has the base of his Kitesurf school.
This summer wind, the northeast, is also great for doing the “Downwind”. In Salvador, Terceira Ponte is the best place to practice. Usually, people leave Aleluia or Buraquinho (Lauro de Freitas) and come down with the wind to Terceira Ponte, which is very cool. Gustavo says there are rides in which it is possible to see up to 150 kite surfers.
In Terceira Ponte, there are those people who sail with the two-way board – that square one – in the freestyle mode. They jump, and do pirouettes. To sail with a two-way board, the wind must be at least 13 knots (this is the force – winds above 25km per hour) and the kite must be 11-12 meters long. There are also those who surf with the surfboard, which is the Kite Wave. “This style was a fever, you can ‘attack’ the left waves by surfing in the northeast wind. After surfing the wave, in a simple movement against the wind, you manage to return to the outside and to catch another one soon after. With that, in an hour of sailing, you can catch up to 50 waves, just need to have strong legs!”, explains Kimbi.
The sensation now is another way of kitesurfing with a “flying board” – the Foil – a high board, which doesn’t seem to touch the water. In this modality, the board is up to one meter from the water, and the keel, like a wing (the hydrofoil), goes under the water. The sensation is of being floating, there is no friction and no noise. This allows you to sail in weak winds in which, with other boards, you would surely never sail. The wind can be 7 or 8 knots and the kite can be smaller (the wind pulls less), with up to 9 meters in height (of kite).
According to him, in winter, a south and southeast wind prevails. It’s more of an onshore wind. Then, the best place is next to Casquinha de Siri (Piatã), for being a tip, a small peninsula, being more protected. So when the sea is stronger and/or there is an onshore wind, this is the best place to go. There it is always quieter. The conditions are better also for those who are learning.
Small Big Explanations:
Materials Needed – A board, a belt (called Harness) and a kite.
Northeast Wind – Strong wind above 25 km/h.
Onshore Wind (Or Sea Breeze) – The wind blows toward the beach at a 90-degree angle; you will be blown to the beach immediately if you knock down your kite. That means the skill level here need to be more for intermediate and experienced. You should be able to sail against the wind, to keep away from the beach.
Downwind – It’s a way to sail or even paddle in the wind, that is, you follow in the same direction as it points.
Kite Wave – It is possible to surf many waves in the session comparing with the surf in the paddling. The wind side shore (which blows sideways on the beach) is the best one. When you need power, you just have to maneuver the kite to gain speed and the maneuvers get pressure, strength and radicalism.
Known place – Terceira Ponte is on Jaguaribe beach, after the circus, just after the gas station. This is a very extensive beach, it goes until Piatã. But if you say that name, anyone who understands water sports will understand where it is.
More information about Kitesurf in Salvador at this link.
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