Rio Grande do Norte
Galinhos is an authentic little fishing village without much infrastructure, 165km north of Natal. The peninsula is car-free and accessible only by beach-buggy or boat from Guamaré. The water’s butter in the lagoon, while it tends to be choppy near the lighthouse. The village’s menfolk practice capoeira on the beach at sunset. São Miguel do Gostoso has already been colonised by several kite and windsurf centres. From July to February the average windspeed’s 20 knots, getting increasingly consistent from September. The wide beach offers ample room for launching and an outlying reef harbours the São Miguel do Gostoso, Lagune at low tide, complete with standing-depth area. The São Miguel do Gostoso, Riff throws up some waves, especially Oct-Feb in N swell. When São Miguel do Gostoso gets too crowded, Praia do Marco 20km further north is a secluded alternative. To reach Praia de Perobas to the south, either brave the dusty dirt-tracks behind the dunes or cruise along the BR101. At low tide some areas can get pretty shallow and the reef dries out in a few places. There are a few little inns and snack-bars for essential supplies. Maracajaú is more developed, and consistently sees 15-25 knots of wind from July to October. In summer (Nov-Feb) it blows about 5 knots less. Genipabu has similar winds plus 1-2m waves breaking over sand, also making this a good first-time wave spot. Pirangi is a decent flat-water venue near town, although most people come to see the world’s largest cashew tree that bears tons of nuts in November. Tibau do Sul and 'Pipa’ have been overrun with tourists lately, and after dark the beach-bars throb with nightlife. North of the river, which is crossed via a raft-like 'balsa’ ferry, is Tibau do Sul, Praia da Malembar – a nice beach-break and good place to start downwinders. Tibau do Sul, Cacimbinha offers similar conditions east of the village, while the Tibau do Sul, Cacimbinha Lagune is suitable for beginners and freestylers. The area’s best-known break is Pipa, Praia do Amor in Pipa. It’s not suitable for wave novices though – the steep coast, surfers, a few rocks in the water and narrow beach at high tide all demand experience. The picturesque little village of Barra do Cunhaú is similar to Tibau do Sul – another combination spot. The lagoon at Barra do Cunhaú, Blue Dream Resort is a perfect training venue with plenty of space. At low tide a second standing-depth area forms behind the outlying reef at the rivermouth. On the ocean side the wave at Barra do Cunhaú, Highway To Hell breaks pretty clean and fast by local standards. It’s a bit more forgiving on the beach south of the rivermouth. There are chunks of reef scattered all the way to the small village of Bahia Formosa. A steep coast makes it more of a surf-spot, but experienced kiters launch here for a superb downwinder to Barra do Cunhaú.
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