BRAZIL: Fortaleza - Cumbuco - October 20 - November 03, 2005
of Kinsley ThomasWong and Team XtremeBigAir's World Famous Xpeditions!
by Kinsley ThomasWong , Jamie ThomasWong, Kevin Winfield - http://XtremeBigAir.com
October 22, 2005
We arrived to Cumbuco at 4.30 a.m.
this morning. The staff of Golfinho hotel was super nice and waited to pick us up at
Fortaleza airport since we had a small problem with our luggage: my 10M kite got shredded by the airport carrier. Today, Jamie and I
kited in front of Golfinho hotel which has smaller waves and is choppy, with slightly side on shore wind. Kevin (the handsome guy in the
first photo) did an upwinder with local instructor Kris of (Kiteschool Cumbuco) to the Icarai lagoon which took about 40 minutes or so. It is approximately 3 miles up wind of the Golfino Hotel. Also the coast turns slightly and the wind is more
onshore and the waves are bigger which leaves lots of room on the inside with lots of kickers and waves to jump and ride. Sweet area, nice waves on one side, butter smooth on the other and a little bar/ restaurant about 200 yards Upwind (east) of the Icarai Lagoon.
We started kiting around 10 a.m. and I was the last one in around 7 p.m. I am drinking Caiprina and writing this as Kevin, Robert, Cyril, and Jamie are talking kite
Sunday - October 23, 2005
This morning we loaded up into Cyril's little rental car: 4 kiteboards
and 4 kites and off we go. With Kevin's recommendation from his
upwinder yesterday, we headed upwind aprroximately
10 km upwind from Golfinho hotel. Here the waves were a bit
bigger and nice little Icarai lagoon that could hold 5 kiters.
on 13M killing the waves, Cyril and Jamie were on 10M, and I was
powered up on 9M. We had a nice lunch there and then went North
to look for Caiupe Lagoon. We got lost half way and it was
getting late so we kited for another hour before the sunset at some
random beach (in front of Summerville) in the middle of nowhere. There
is no shortage of wind or
beaches in this area.
We then went to dinner at Jardim Cumbuco, a great restaurant with
German and Brazilian chef. Jardim Cumbuco is in the back of a
private residence with great food, service, and ambiance, about a 2
minute drive from the Golfinho hotel. Very Highly Recommended.
October 24, 2005 - Jamie's Birthday
Today we were just kicking back at
the hotel and kited in front of
Golfinho. Both Jamie and I were powered up on 8M during the day
until sunset then I switched over to 10M, Kevin was on his 13M all
day. Here are a few shots of
Kevin kiting just before the gorgeous sunset and Ricardo from Portugal.
We celebrated Jamie's Birthday at the hotel here.
October 25, 2005 - Kiting at Port Pecem with Kris of
Robert, Jean Paul, and Jane.
Robert invited us to join him and
Kris to kite at Port Pecem. We highly recommend you to book your
daily kiteboarding trip with Kris of http://www.kiteboardcumbuco.com.br
as he is the expert for this area. Port Pecem is a few miles
north of Caiupe Lagoon. What a
great spot with extremely nice right hand point break waves with
slightly offshore wind. You could easily do 4 bottom turns on
each wave. This is so far the best waves riding the spot that we
have been on this trip. Pictured here is Kris, Robert, Jean Paul
Jane. Wind was measured 24 to 27 kts. Kevin was lit on 9M,
both Jamie and I were quite powered up on our 8M.
October 26, 2005
Today, we tried to go upwind from
Golfinho to Icarai Lagoon.
At 10 a.m., we were kiting on 8M but then the wind slowly dropped
to 10M after three hours. Jamie did her first back spin and
landed so she was quite stoked. Kevin spent all day at the Icarai
working on his toeside bottom turns. I managed not to
destroy any more kites.
We had dinner at the Golfinho hotel again. Our favorite
whitefish Portugese style. Our friend Portugese friend Carlos
shared with us how to cook the fish Portugese style: Sautee the onion,
garlic, tomato, olive oil, bay leave, white wine until the tomato and
onion soften then dumped the sauce over the fish and potate cubes and
throw them in the oven.
October 27, 2005
We went to the Icarai lagoon and
kited with Grego and Julian from
Empuria Kite Team: Julian Jepsen and Grego Barneda).
It was a good 10M wind then mellowed out to 12 - 14M
wind. Jamie landed some more backspins so she was quite
Team Advance Portugal: Joao Carlos, Filipe Fonseca, Ricardo
Pedro Rato and Pedro Renda
Ovar Kite Team: Sergio and Gil
October 28, 2005
We spent our time kiting in front
of Golfinho hotel today. Just
got a prototype BEST 10M Nemesis so I was quite stoked to kite on
it. Today the wind was light all day. A 12M kite would do
better for me today.
October 29, 2005
Kris of http://www.kiteboardcumbuco.com.br/
helped us to rent a 4x4 car. We rented a 4x4 suzuki for $130 Rais
a day. This morning we
packed up and left the hotel early for Pecem. We found
light wind and small waves at Pecem so we kept driving. Along the
way we passed Taiba town and eventually arrived at Paracuru. The
kiting spot at Paracuru is quite nice with nice reef break on the
outside and small waves (flat at low tide) on the inside. We had
a nice lunch there and then kited there for a few hours. It was a
good 10M wind day. Jamie landed some nice port tack jumps with
grabs! Kevin was tearing up the small chops on the inside.
In the evening we went to BEST
kiteboarding party, one of the biggest,
in Cumbuco at the Blue Wind Kitesurfing School. There were
plenty of free drinks, BEST's Girl Bikini contest, live band and
auction. Kevin got a new 2006 BEST HELLFISH 17M for a killer
price! Here you see that Jamie is extremely happy surrounded by
the school of HELLFISH, her favorite kites! We got a new 2006
Yarga Pro 11M so tomorrow, we will give it a good test at Taiba lagoon.
October 30, 2005
We drove up to Taiba Lagoon and
kited there. This lagoon is nice
and there were about 20 kiters kiting there today. Here we met up
with Alex, Ian, Peter, and Clinton from BEST Kiteboarding. The
wind was quite light pretty much all day.
We were busy testing all type of kites: 2006 Yarga Pro 17M and
Nemesis Pro, HELLFISH and BEST BOW kites.
October 31, 2005
Our friend Kevin has to leave
today so we were quite sad. The
wind came up strong in the morning. We started kiting around 8:30
a.m. on our 10M in front of Golfinho hotel. The wind dropped
slowly around noon to 12 - 16M kite condition. We wandered
through the town of Cumbuco in the afternoon while waiting for the wind
to come up again in the afternoon. There was a very strong beach
November 1, 2005
The wind came up early again today, we were in the water on
kites around 9.30 am. Jamie was going off doing lots of nice port
tack raileys on her 10M. I was doing kungfu kiting on the Yarga
Pro 11M. The wind backed off near noon, but picked back up again
around 3 pm. I went out again on the 10M until dark well after
the sun set and was the last out of the water with the wind still
blowing. The beach break was very strong today as well,
with head high waves for Kinsley to ride. Being our last night in
Cumbuco, we ended the day off with Porteguese style fish from the
Golfinho hotel, our favorite meal of the trip.
November 2, 2005
7 a.m. I was already in the water
kiting on the 10M. The wind was
quite strong, I could have been fine on the 8M. I came in and
Jamie went out at 8:30 a.m. on the 10M. She was getting some of
her biggest airs. We left Golfinho at 11 a.m. to Fortaleza.
More pictures and info of Fortaleza on the web here:
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Surface Conditions: Wind Chop and Waves. ( Choppy with shore breaks
right in front of Golfinho hotel, smooth in lagoon, nice waves in other
Wind Conditions: Good for 8, 10, 12 or 14m² kites. (if you are
70Kg or less then bring 8 - 14M kites, more than 70Kg bringh 10 to 16M
Season: August to December
Water Temp: 20 to 25 degrees (Celsius) (Water is very nice. We
kited 7 a.m. in the morning just in our shorts)
Air Temp: 28 - 35 C. (Very pleasant, not too hot or humid in
Nearest Town: Fortaleza is 40 minutes by car.
It is always windy in Cumbuco:
what an ideal spot for
kiteboarding! We love the service and hospitality of the staff at Hotel
Golfinho. We had the best waves at Pecem. The
best months are August until December, these months
you can kite every day with 10, 12 or 14m² kites and someday on
February are the months with lesser wind. February to April is the rain
season and the constant wind starts normally in June, so do not forget
to bring a 16 or an 18m² kite if you come between January
June. Behind Cumbuco are some really big sand dunes. The Dunes creates
warm thermal air daily. The wind increases as you go north. There are
many other kitesurfing spots outside of Cumbuco: Icarai, Taiba, Cauipi,
Pecem, and Paracuru.
Other sources of information about this area can be found at:
In Cumbuco, transport must be taken care of by yourself because
is no local transport here (also no taxis here), you should rent a car,
like a VW Golf with air-conditioning, or a buggy. Do not forget to
get an International drivers license!!!!!
Closest City is Fortaleza 25 miles away from Cumbuco.
the airport, cabs are on the spot and they are the best way to reach
Cumbuco. However, if you are staying at Golfinho hotel, the hotel will
pick you up for 70 Reais. Other kiters we met on the trip rented
their car at the airport of Fortaleza and drove themselves to Golfinho hotel.
In the rarest case the
taxi-drivers speak a foreign language.
The prices vary strongly and can be negotiated. They also depend on the
size of the cab, but shouldn't exceed 80 Reais (approx. 21 Euro or 27
US$). It's the best to negotiate and fix the price in advance!
Take into account that there are hardly cabs with roof rack!
the best to rent a car directly at the airport. This is usually
fundamentally cheaper than to book a car ahead of time. There are
also differences in price between the individual car rentals.
Fortaleza, Ceara - Brazil
You will need to obtain Visa to enter Brazil. Took us a
week plus $100USD per person to obtain the visa.
October - February (one hour summer time difference)
Portuguese - Brazilian
English is understood only in larger hotels and airline companies. You
cannot expect English conversation on the street, in restaurants or
1 Real (Reais = majority) is 100 Centavos. We exchange our
money at the Cambio and also at the front desk of GOLFINHO hotel.
There are ATM machines at the Fortaleza's airport and
10 km from Cumbuco). Otherwise it's hard to find ATM machines which
accept foreign cards and the do not always work.
Credit cards are accepted only in good hotels, shops and restaurants.
For the entry in Cumbuco - Brazil there are no vaccinations
required. Generally, there are no special vaccinations necessary. If
you are planning to visit the jungle or marsh areas, you will have to
think about getting a yellow fever vaccination as well as a malaria
prophylaxis. Inoculation against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A and B
is also be recommended by some doctors.
There are hospitals in Fortaleza. In most hospitals, you
may pay 50
Reais so you don't have to wait. Most likely you will be attended only
by presentation of cash (or a credit card). Obtain an invoice in any
case to get the costs refunded by your insurance at home.
Of course you should always have medicine and a first aid kit
with you. However you will find a pharmacy with a good choice of
medicine in every bigger place, which mostly are cheaper than in Europe.
The air temperature in Cumbuco is very nice. It is warm,
not humid with nice breeze. Year round: during the day, the air
temperature is between 28C
and 35C and at night over 20 degrees centigrade. Important: high
sun protection factor!
The water temperature is around the 26° year round. Water
temp here is so far one of the warmest place we have ever kited
in. At 7 a.m. in the morning, we can kite with just our shorts!
Within the months of June until January: no rain. The
wind strength is daily between 15 and 30 knots and can be even stronger
up in the north. There are only very few days with wind under 15 knots.
Rainy season within the months from February until May. It normally
rains daily for a couple of hours, mainly in the morning.
This can increase the humidity. The wind is between 10-30 knots
but not as consistent as June through January.
The usual tip of 10 % is often already included in the price
of the invoice and specified. If you give a tip consider that the day's
wages of many workers is only 2.50 to 3 Euros (2.50 to 4.00 US$).
You will find internet access in internet cafe
Fortaleza, in tourist villages, in hotels and in a few Pousadas.
At Golfinho hotel, you
can use internet for 7 rais per hour.