The coast of Ceará has been the “guaranteed wind” destination for windsurfers, since they discovered Jericoacoara in the late 90s. As kiting developed in the early 2000s, kiters started flying to the windy coast seeking the same consistency and tropical setting. The key difference with kitesurfers is the wind direction, which is important for safety.
Because issues can happen on the water, (loosing your board or crashing your kite, and not being able to relaunch), making sure the wind will bring you back to the beach -rather than out into the ocean- is key! That is why side onshore wind are important for a safe kite spot. Luckily Preá benefits from constant side-onshore-winds from 10 am to 06.00 pm, from July through January, every year! Additionally, white sand, tropical temperatures and no obstacles or rocks on the beach makes it safe for both beginners and advanced kiters to improve, without fear of hurting themselves.
The constant wind conditions are a result of a combination between the south-east trade winds and the local sea breeze, created by the National Parks arid climate. Keep in mind that while Jericoacoara is a better place for windsurfers (with a wave created by the point and offshore winds), the side-on-shore wind direction makes Preá a safer spot for kiting.
The side onshore winds blowing all along Preá Beach
Note: beach conditions may change at any time, therefor please read the safety instructions thoroughly and talk to the reception before heading out on the water.
Unpack, pump up and go!
We have a kiteboy always present to launch and land your kite, so you can stop for a drink and head back out, or go to your hut for a break without worrying about your gear. Vila Prea is the only hotel on the beach that offers quick access to your kite equipment. Once you get to the hotel, you won’t even have to carry your bag anywhere since the storage lockers are under the restaurant.
Besides the flat water conditions at low tide, Preá is close to three different flat water spots:
Because of the side onshore direction and the consistency of the wind, Preá is the perfect location for Epic downwinders! There are many types of downwinders you can create, check out the two most common ones below, the 10 km Preá Beach downwinder, and the 36 km Tatajuba downwinder!
The kiteboy is always around when it`s time to launch or land your kite in front of the hotel and he is also there to make sure that everyone is kiting safely on the water. He can help rescue you in case things go wrong on the water and can also take care of your kite repair should it be necessary. The kite repair is usually a next day service if you get your kite to the shop in the afternoon. Check with the kiteboy or at the reception and don’t forget to pay the shop directly for repairs.