Off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde, independent since 1975, retains the strong imprint of Portuguese traditions. The Cape Verde islands are a rich blend of culture and races. They are located between Europe, Africa and South America and have a mix of influences of these three continents. Each island is a journey in itself; from deserted beaches and volcanoes to colonial cities and lush valleys. The Cape Verdes is the edge of the world; it has a raw nature to its beauty, a bit rough around the edges but a very friendly island.
Despite poor infrastructure, prices are closer to European prices than African and also it’s quite a trek to get to the Cape Verde islands. Boats come when they come; and as for the national airline, TACV, the Cape Verdeans affectionately call it the ‘Delayed Transport of Cape Verde.’ Such is the price of authenticity!! But surfing Cape Verde is worth the travel.
Dry and tropical and strongly influenced by the winds: The northeast trade winds and harmattan from the Sahara bring the aridity and drought, while the Atlantic monsoon brings rains that are very irregular from one year to another, usually concentrated on the hilly areas (Santo Antao, Fogo and Santiago).
These rains are sometimes very fierce causing lots of damage. However, like everywhere, the climates tend to be changing. There are two main seasons: the dry season from November to June, and the rainy season from July to October. The air temperature varies from 20 to 30°C. At night, the variants are quite low, except at altitude. In winter, winds can blow hard for several days.
Get up for the early surf and go for the sheltered spots. In the summer there is a bit of wind swell on the east coast. The seabed is sometimes made of sharp lava rock and there are quite a lot of urchins so bring your booties. Very small tidal range. From January to April water temperature goes down to 21° so you can wear a shortie. From June until December it’s 24 to 27° in the water.
If you dream of tranquility, sleeping, fado music and if you miss the sun in winter – you’re in the right place. Excellent motivation for a trip with good waves in emerald-coloured seas with warm and friendly people. A really original trip and not too far away from home.
These islands receive swells from the north and the south. The island of Sal receives swells from N / W generated by lows formed in the North Atlantic.
The best period is from November to March. In summer, from June to September, you can get quality swells, generated by low pressure systems which spin around the African coast.
There’s a unique ambiance on this desert island – it’s an amazing place to visit.
Santa Maria: 8 kms of beachbreak at the south of the beach. Sandy beach, lots of different rights and lefts.
Ponta doSino: Mixed reef and sand bottom. A little more consistent than Santa Maria.
Ponta Preta: The best wave on the island. Long rights off the lava rock. Works on a NW swell and a low tide. Picks up all the swell. The left is amazing but exposed to the wind.
Rife: an average wave but easily accessible.
Monte Leao: Great rights sheltered by the wind. Works with a big swell from the N/W. A super long sections.
Corral Joul: Picks up quite a lot of swell, be careful getting into the water as it’s sometimes difficult and hazardous.
Fontana: A very nice right located in a great spot. Works on a big swell.
Palmeira: The best option when the swell is small. A left with a channel to paddle out. Quite a hollow peak that shuts down onto the rocks.
Spoutnik: At the end of Santa Maria bay. Works with a good swell and when there’s not much wind. Long, nice lefts.
Fragata: A quality wave that works better with not much wind. It lines up nicely and breaks between Punta de Lehme, Velo and punta Fragata. The east coast is good for discovering secret spots