Photo: Bruna Arcangelo Toledo
What to Bring
You may use your own kiteboarding gear, or rent it. We recommend 2 or 3 kites, from 6 to 11 meters, depending on your weight, but 9 meters will be probably the best kite for the man, and 7 meters for the girls.
We recommend to use surfboard with straps. The surfboard is more confortable downwind, and the straps are very helpfull on long distance kitesurfing – they save energy! It is possible on twintips also.
If you prefer to rent the kitesurfing gear on the trip, e-group organizes it for you according to your needs.
Photos: Analice Diniz
Tips on What to Carry
Bring a three-kite quiver — for most people that would be 6/9/12 or something similar. It is often very windy on the coast of Brazil (25+ knots) BUT
- It’s not always that windy
- It’s often less windy on average west of Jeri, which is where we will be kiting on this trip
- You can carry a much bigger kite going downwind vs upwind, so there is much less risk of being overpowered. For much of the route you will be riding directly or almost directly downwind (side-side-on), and of course if you do the vector math your apparent wind is the wind speed *minus* your speed. In my experience 7-9-11m kites are the most used sizes on this trip. It’s better to bring two bars so that you have a backup.
Make sure that ALL of your kite gear is in excellent condition, AT LEAST 3 YEARS OF USE. This is an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being well prepared. If you have doubts about any of your gear, check it, fix it, upgrade it, or replace it.
We suggest bringing your surfboards with straps. Long distance is more fun on a surfboard, and a surfboard is more versatile as well. Strapless is good because it’s easier to switch your feet around, but depending on the conditions you may will need the straps.
Don’t forget to bring some extra fins. If you like freestyle, of course, bring a Twin Tip and you can ride the whole trip on one if you want to, but you’ll need more kite as well – and you may run into some issues if the wind drops.
We recommend wearing *two layers* of rash guard to prevent chafing from your harness.
An XCEL rash guard with a built-in hood to keep the sun off your head and neck. Either use
one of these as your inner rash guard layer and/or bring a surf hat, also life guard vest.
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Same two-layer strategy on the bottom – for guys, get a sunga or some triathalon shorts and wear those under your boardshorts. It’s a good idea to bring a pair of lycra pants and waterproof jacket (if you have), as sometimes we travel by boat.
- Hands: you may get chafing on your hands from handling your kite bar in the water all day. Bring some waterproof white athletic tape.
- Feet: You don’t need other shoes for the trip. Do you need booties? The coast of Brazil is generally very foot-friendly. However – there are a couple of small areas with rocks/reef and so if you are sort of paranoid about your feet and/or want to bring reef booties ‘just in case’, feel free to bring them along.
If you tend to get thirsty easily you may want to bring a hydration backpack (Camelback) but the distances are short enough and we have enough breaks that you can easily get by without carrying a backpack. Except on Delta Routes, which we will have less car´s support.
The water and air are warm, but the sun is not friendly and if you tend to run cold, bring a light wetsuit or 1mm neoprene top with pair of pants.
Yes, bring your GoPro or get one of the new REVL câmeras: buy clicking here. One thing we all love is evidence of our moment of action.
We strongly suggest exchanging your currency for Brazilian Reals (R$) before you arrive. You can do this at the airport, or any “cambio” that you encounter in Brazil before arriving. In this region where we will be kitesurfing, it will be very hard to find banks or a cambio where you can exchange your money.
OTHER IMPORTANTS THINGS
We suggest to bringing extra fins for your boards, good sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, any personal medications (Tylenol, Ibueprofen, etc..) and anything else that will make your adventure