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About Kitesurf NOW
Please note that Kitesurf NOW no longer exists on Salamansa Beach. The owners (Marc & Ola) do support local friends who offer kitesurf services, food and drinks. Their company is in one building called Creperie Chez Zoe and Kitesurf Cabo Verde. Please do not confuse them with the company which caused Kitesurf NOW not to return. This "bad" company is callled Kitesurf Salamansa and illegally put their building in exactly the same spot as where Kitesurf NOW was in process to renew their company.
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ldegraaf wrote a review Jan 2020
Zwolle, The Netherlands3 contributions
We have just returned from a week of kite surfing on Sao Vicente. We had some doubts to go in advance, because there is little current information on the internet about the kite spot, except the hassle about Kitesurf Now. Our conclusion after this week: are you looking for a kite spot in the winter with pleasant temperatures, does it not all have to be super luxurious and would you rather have your kite spot a bit quieter? Then you should definitely go to Sao Vicente. The kite spot of Sao Vicente is located on the beach of Salamansa, in the north of the island. There you will find the Salamansa Cabo Verde kiteschool and the Creperie Chez Zoe. At both you can leave your kite gear for a few (3) euros per day. There is a hotel in Salamansa, the Kitehouse. We have not been there but stayed in Mindelo, the capital of the island. There is much more to experience there in the evenings, plenty of restaurants and bars, often with live music. You can go to Salamansa with a taxi (1000 escudos = 10 € one way, but you can certainly make a deal with a taxi driver, travel time around 10-15 minutes) or with the Aluguer (100 escudos = 1 €). The Aluguer takes a little longer, the bus only runs when it is full and goes first past Baia de Gatas, but hey, it's vacation, you're in no hurry! And if you have to wait a little while in Salamansa on the way back to Mindelo, you can buy a fried fish snack from one of the locals for 20 cents. The kite spot is on the sandy beach of Salamansa. There are no dangerous obstacles and plenty of room to pump and launch. It is not a flat water spot, but the surf is okay with the wind between 12-18 knots. The wind is side on, you can drift a few hundred meters without being endangered. Both the people from the kiteschool and from crêperie Chez Zoe are very sympathetic. At both you can buy a drink and at Chez Zoe also (simple) lunch dishes. The population of Salamansa and Sao Vicente in general are very friendly and not at all intrusive. Most days we were with 5 to 10 kiters on the beach. From the 10 days we could kite 5 days. So as far as the wind is concerned, it didn't really suit us. In any case, take your largest kite with you, as I understand from the locals that it can sometimes blow hard. If you can't kite, you can walk up the highest mountain, Monte Verde, or to the beach of Sao Pedro. If the forecast is really sad, you can take the ferry for € 8 to Santo Antao, one of the green Cape Verde islands, and stay there for another night.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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G000V wrote a review Jul 2014
barcelona1 contribution
Location: Some spots in the area, from small lagoon for beginners, to waves for advanced. Big swells are likely to reach Salamansa. Trade winds. Few riders in the bay, plenty of space for your surfing or tricks. Kitesurfnow staff keep an eye on the bay, and assist you when dropping the kite on the shorebreak. Great work! Facilities: kitesurfnow staff were helpful for planning activities, also lunch break and transport. On 2014 they are expanding and upgrading their settlement on the beach on an ecological basis. I suggest to contact them before travel for any advice. I arranged a board location beforehand, so I did not have to travel with a boardbag. Their material was fresh 2014. When wind is absent its time to visit nearby Santo Antao. Will I go back to Salamansa? Soon, before it gets too popular.
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Date of experience: May 2014
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LiubovVk wrote a review May 2014
Stavanger, Norway1 contribution1 helpful vote
We went there intentionally for good waves and we got it. Marc, Ola, and the whole crew is very helpful and friendly. They were even doing shopping for us in next village since we did not have a car. They keep everything simple and this is beauty of this. Quality conditions, waves are great and scenery around just wonderful. Weather is nice and if it gets too windy be ready for some sand around) All in all is a place to return.
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Date of experience: November 2013
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Herwig K wrote a review Apr 2014
Vienna, Austria4 contributions
Always windy! Nice chill out area at the beach, less people, perfect service! Next to kitesurfing you can do hiking tours, rent a mountainbike, book a guided biketour, Ebikes are available and a lot more! I will join them again!!! Greets Herwig
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Date of experience: December 2013
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Freek v wrote a review Apr 2014
The Hague, The Netherlands4 contributions
We had been blessed with two weeks of good wind and some days with really good waves. I like the setup on the beach a lot, very basic but it has everything you need. When my board got smashed on the rocks a member off the beach crew fixed it perfectly the same day without charging anything. That's service!
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Date of experience: February 2014
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