Travel report Cumbuco Fortaleza Brazil
Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:09 pm
We started our trip at 7 am from our Kite school at Golfinho hotel in Cumbuco Fortaleza on a Toyota hilux 4 wheels drive, the participants: Brian, the owner of Suntrax kite shop in Capetown, Olivier, the owner of Bresil Aventures, me and my wife.
The idea was to explore the conditions of the east coast of Ceara, specially from Canoa Quebrada to the next state, Rio Grande do Norte and further along until Galinhos some 180 kms before the capital Natal .
The first 160 kms we made by road until past Canoa and we reached the beach in Majorlandia, following the big bay, passing through the beaches called Quixaba, Lagoa do Mato, Fontainha, Retiro and until Ponta Grossa, being this the best kite point due to the shape of the bay and receiving the wind a bit side shore, killing the chop and leaving some 3-4 hundred mts until the beach left side and of flat water and some perfect waves, all the beaches mentioned before were receiving the wind on or side on, so, not so special.
From there we went on crossing the villages and beaches of Redonda and Peroba, always driving through the beach, avoiding rocks and following the shape of the coast, in this part, surrounded by cliffs on the right side and plenty of fishing boats on the left, as the tide was low you could see the boats lying on one of its sides until the beach would get the incoming tide, all very pictoresque but not the best place for kiting.
Next beaches were Barreiras and Barrinhas, this was another story, actually the tide was quite far, one or more kms away and the wind was perfect side shore, so in medium or high tide, you4ll have 1 km of flat water ahead of you and only waist to shoulder deep, and no obstacles, actually I wanted to stay and wait for the tide supposing that we wouldn4t find better water conditions ahead... but I was wrong!
All this time, wind was 16-18 kts and it was already noon. Some kms ahead we had to quit the beach because the mangroves swamps and a salt farm.
We crossed Icapui and back to the beach, named Quiteria and next beach called Tremembe beach and there we stopped on a top class pousada, very chill and with a superb french style cuisine, rather surprising considering the seclusion of the area.
Conditions there were 16 kts and slightly side on but still quite flat.
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