PHOTO: GIANLUCA DAINO


 

 

1. SANTA MARIA    

SURF. The surf spot is on the left side of the fishing dock. It works just with south swells. Excellent lefts. On shallow rocks when waves are little, sandy if big (in that case you coast along the rocky break that remain on the inside). Lots are the children that consider this wave their playground. If you have old boards to leave, remember these really professional children. To enter in the water when it is big, you can hump from the dock. a little wave to learn is always present when the tide change.

WINDSURF and KITE. Five minutes walking from the dock (ask for ALBATROS hotel, known as AEROFLOT, its original name), you will find a splendid beach to practice windsurf and kite. For the windsurf the more used sails are the 5.5, for kite about 12-14 meters (often is around 20 knots). 3 are the windsurf-kite schools here, with all recent stuff. Side-shore wind for quite all year (left hand).


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2.PONTA DO SINO    

WINDSURF and KITE. Excellent spot with side-shore wind for most of the year (left hand). Medium chop to learn, with possibility to find zones with good ramps to jump. Perfect for all the levels if you aren't looking for rideable waves. With active swell can result binding. Its shore break often disturbs beginners(attention with your masts). In the zone of the wrecked ship there are excellent waves.

SURF. Sometimes there are waves in the wrecked ship zone. Rights and lefts. Going through the extreme south west point of the island, you will find a very quick and hollow right. Go in the water north of the wave because there is a strong southward current. Beware not to let you move too far away from the shore. About 50 meter from the shore every day there are scuba divers visiting sharksi. Don't worry about them because there is lot of fish for them.


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3.PONTA PRETA

SURF, WINDSURF e KITE. Become famous thanks to the Trilogy (windsurf championship alternative to PWA), it often offers radical conditions.

Very long lefts can be ridden at the same time by surfers (long barrels), windsurfers and kiters.

It works perfectly only with medium-big swells, becoming really dangerous when the conditions are little (less then 2 meters) because the waves break too near the shore (shallow). Just for experts, it don't allow errors (the graveyard of broken things can be examined on the shore). The wind is right hand side off shore.

To enter into the water is better going from the downwind bay, not imitateing the braver locals that often exit from the external tip.

For sure a mandatory sight to examine when conditions are big.

Coming from NORTH:


PONTA PRETA - PREMI PER INGRANDIRE
BODY in KNEE DROP
SIDNEY: IL MIGLIORE
4.RIFE and CALHETA FUNDA

WINDSURF. Easily reachable taking the highway to the airport and following the sign for CALHETA FUNDA, they are two good spots for easy wave riding. Waves are not so fast and the winds blows right hand side off shore. Try them.


5.MOUNT LEAO

Its name is due to the mount shaped like a crouched lion that dominate the spot. It offers every kind of waves.

MONTE LEAO - PREMI PER INGRANDIRE
6.ALI' BABA'

SURF. Located on the other side of Mount Leao, reachable only by easy off-road paths, it offers incredible lefts when the swell is working.


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7.SHARKS BAY

KITE. Spot mainly for kiters although some windsurfer is always present. It offers on-shore or side-on conditions.

Its name, that arouse fear, is due to the fact that east cost is patrolled by sharks, although not dangerous (we don't assume responsability).


OTHER SPOTS

Lots are the break that still have to be surfed and that still don't have a name. The bravest are due to discover them.


BURRACONA - PREMI PER INGRANDIRE
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