Cabo Verde, Boavista to Sal

Dates Jan 24 - Feb 2, 2022 (10 days)
Ports of CallPorto de Sal Rei, Palmeira
Air70.2 F
Water70.5 F
Mean Avg Wind13.9 NE

Big winds, big RELIABLE waves. This poor nation off the west coast of Senegal is comprised of 9 main islands. Known for its soulful music, headed by its most famous musician, Cesaria Evora; and its colorful Portuguese culture the Cape Verdes have more recently become popular for kite and surf adventurers seeking a wilder, more remote experience than the nearby Canaries. Not quite African and not quite European, Cape Verde today is almost Brazilian in feel. With the possibility of swimming with Whalesharks, this could be a very action-packed trip.

We begin this Epic on Boa Vista, a flat island covered with sand dunes and date palms, and roaming Whalesharks. It is one of the more touristy islands in the chain, but there are a couple breaks that are VERY sweet. From Boa Vista we have a short trip north to Sal (Santa Maria), home of the most famous wave in the Cape Verdes, Ponta Preta (see video below). If we find Preta too crowded there are several other breaks around the island that we know well and get zero traffic (and are EPIC!) and some interesting flat water spots as well. There is a mix of waves from expert to intermediate that will keep everyone on board in smiles. But the waves can get big, the winds usually blow hard- get your practice in beforehand!

For more info on the kitesurfing in Boavista

Read about our last trips in the Cape Verdes (and watch the videos below from our last trip here and some wave spectacular from F.One):

Return from the Brink in Cabo Verde

Carnivals and Solitude

Final Sessions and a Few Lessons

Winds in Cabo Verde blow consistently and strong and swell arrives from the north just as regularly. For those looking to perfect your wave riding techniques, with some very interesting culture, sailing and adventure thrown into the mix, this is the trip.

RESOURCES: For information on flights, please visit here. For all the TACV offices around the world, please visit here. Domestic flights are often booked up well in advance, so make your bookings early. For information on visas, please visit Visa Help and Lonely Planet

The Dune Discovery- Paragliding where no one has before from Cloudbase Mayhem on Vimeo.

F-One Manera - Cabo verde from Kitenation on Vimeo.


  • Cool land excursions
  • Culture and color
  • Great waves at every level
  • Music and Dance
  • SUPER waves, very strong reliable wind
  • Very little miles and a lot of smiles


  • Crowded Ponta Prieta
  • Rolly, tenuous anchorages
  • Touristy on Sal


Cabin 1 - Charlie McKinney
Cabin 3 - Charlie McKinney
Cabin 4 - Charlie McKinney