Praia do Farol
From Mundau it’s just a few miles to the small town of Baleia. You can launch comfortably at low tide downwind of the fishing boats, although at high tide the water floods up to the palm trees. There’s around 150m of standing-depth water at low tide, with gentle waves breaking outside. Driving along the CE 168 you’ll pass Lagoa Mato – not a 'real’ spot, but perfectly rideable, at least on the windward half of the lagoon. Icarai di Amontada is accessible via the state road which threads inland, but it’s far easier to take a 4x4 straight along the beach from Baleia. The little village is gradually developing – alongside four or five nice 'pousadas’ to stay at, there’s a Clube dos Ventos centre (the top dog in Jeri). The water’s nice and flat in the bay with windswell breaking further out off the headland. Moitas is a rustic little fishing village on Rio Aracatiacu. The river has built up large sandbars from sediment in its estuary. They submerge at high tide, creating a huge flat-water playground with consistent wind. Alternatively, there’s fun to be had in the wind-waves right in front of the village. From Moitas it’s best to drive back towards Icarai, then follow the state highway to Praia do Torres. The direct route through the mangrove forests should only be attempted with a local guide and 4x4, and then only in dry season! But it’s still awkward, involving several 'barcas’ ferry crossings. The Rio Aracati-Mirim estuary offers flat water and the usual Atlantic chop further out. The road north-west is very good, so Praia do Torroes is a popular alternative to Praia da Barra, since at low tide the shipping channel between the mainland and the 5km long sandbar of 'Ilha Grande’ shrinks to about 30m on a fierce tidal current. At high tide there’s at least 400m of water. At the moment there are just a few quaint pousadas offering beds and 'barracas’ to eat at, but the area is earmarked for huge developed and marketing by foreign investors. The low tide alternative is Praia do Farol in the nearby river estuary where there’s always enough water. There’s similarly sheltered flat water downwind of a large sandbar at Espraiado, although it’s only reliable Sep-Feb as during rainy season the river can begin to wash the sandbar away. It’s a lovely atmosphere in front of mangrove forests, but there’s no infrastructure whatsoever. Either follow the coast there via Praia do Farol, or take the 'Juritianha’ exit off the state highway CE 085. Praia do Apoeiras is Acaraú’s local beach. High tide floods up to the barracas on the beach and the water’s standing-depth for almost 2km, but it ebbs just as far at low tide. The bay of Preà extends over 20km from Barrinha to Jericoacoara. Barrinha is shallowest at low tide with a larger standing-depth area (about 200m), but the region’s hotspot is the 2,000-strong fishing village of Preà. Ride either side of the 'Pedra Baleia’ rocks (at low tide it’s standing-depth with no shorebreak) or launch here for an amazing 15km downwinder into the sunset. Kites need to steer clear of the point at Jericoacoara though, as this long-running little gem of a wave is reserved for windsurfers. Jeri’s a magical place without any paved roads, built right into the sand in the middle of the eponymous national park. The landing for kiters is downwind of the famous dune where everyone gathers for sunset. The wind’s offshore here though, only turning cross-shore again further west, so kite schools drive all the way round to Mangue Secco. The delta at Guriu offers even flatter water, filling up at high tide to standing-depth throughout. Camocim also has perfect flat water in the Rio Coreau delta opposite town. It’s also perfectly flat at Lagoa da Torta in Tatajuba and the crystal-clear Lagoa Azul south of Preà, although the wind’s much gustier on these non-tidal lagoons than along the coast.
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