First of all, adventure requires leadership. We can’t push our experience into the unknown unless we are prepared to go first. We have to learn to lead, starting with how to lead ourselves. We’ll work on leadership skills such as goal setting, group dynamics, responsibility, and communication, what it means to lead and how we can get more comfortable taking the first step. Also, on navigation, map reading, route finding and planning, geography, weather, and hazards.
Understanding how to navigate effectively without complete information is a key part of making any adventure possible. Critical life skill, a way to build your adventure skills on a week-long kitesurfing journey in one of the most incredible coastal landscapes in the world — the Parnaiba Delta and the Lençois Maranhenses.
Day by Day
Day 1: Check in Barra Grande > Pousada Titas
Day 2: Barra Grande – Itaqui > Vila Itaqui
Day 3: Itaqui – Poldros > Ilha dos Poldros
Day 4: Poldros Day > Ilha dos Poldros
Day 5: Poldros – Tutoia > Pousada Jagatá
Day 6: Tutoia – Atins > Vila Guará
Day 7: Lençois Experience > Vila Guará
Day 8: Check out Atins > Vila Guará
This trip is designed for those of you who want to go beyond participating as a client and learn kitesurfing adventure travel and on-the-water leadership, in the context of a long-distance kitesurfing trip. If you are ready to level up, our Kitesurfing Adventure Skills trip will give you what you need to plan your own adventure kiting trips, opening a window to a new world of kitesurfing adventure.
Day 1 – Check In – Barra Grande
Arrive and check in at Barra Grande Kite hotel. We’ll meet in the early afternoon for a first introduction and an equipment check. We will be working as peers and leading each other throughout our week together, and so it is especially important that we all have all of the required equipment and that it is in good condition. Barra Grande is a small town with very limited supplies, so come prepared with what you need! Failure to bring mandatory gear and not meeting the standards of the equipment check may disqualify you from participating in the course for safety reasons. A full equipment list will be provided as part of your pre-trip briefing.
After dinner together in the village, we’ll retire for the night, dreaming of our first day on the water!
Note: The area around Barra Grande is incredible for kiting and exploring the rivers by kayak – if you can arrange to arrive a day early, it’s worth it! (Pousada Titas)
Day 2 – Barra Grande to Itaqui
Our first day together will start with setting goals. What are we here to do together? What are your individual goals and priorities for the week? Goal setting is key to achieving results, and appropriately challenging goals are critical to getting into flow.
We’ll review our overall route and do a session on rescue skills and emergency procedures, and then set off for a relatively short kite downwind to Itaqui. This short day on the water will give us some kite time to shake things out and also leave time in the afternoon for a working session on navigation and route finding. (Vila Itaqui)
Day 3 – Itaqui to Ilha dos Poldros
The route from Itaqui to Poldros makes for a longer day on the water with some challenges. The first section takes us offshore as we cross the bay to Luís Correia, and then, once we round the pier there, again offshore and often with lighter winds to the port of Pedra do Sal, where we get our first taste of waves – and some lunch. After a break we cross the mouth of the Panaíba river for the final stretch to Ilha dos Poldros, encountering unique sand bars and more waves on the way. The longer day on the water will give us an ideal opportunity to practice endurance methods, moving meditation, on-the-water safety, leadership and communication skills.
And — be prepared to experience the marvelous Delta do Panaíba. It’s an amazing environment in one of the most beautiful places in Brazil, and an ideal setting for the next two days of our expedition. This place is truly unique, very remote and is our gateway to the Delta, with rivers snaking through the live dunes and wildlife everywhere. (Ilha dos Poldros)
Day 4 – Ilha dos Poldros and Ilha do Caju
In the morning we’ll gather for a session on supported and unsupported travel by kite, and on gear selection and packing. Once we’re ready we’ll return to the beach and kite down the coast and then trek over the dunes into the Caju river, where we relaunch our kites. We’ll use the the river to practice rescue skills and then and make our way down to Barra do Caju and return to base by boat. (Ilha dos Poldros)
Day 5 – Ilha dos Poldros to Tutóia
One of the highlights of the trip, this day’s session takes us through the heart of the delta, crossing three major river mouths, and provides an ideal opportunity for navigation and communication practice, as well as some killer wave riding in some truly stunning locations. After what is usually a fairly long day on the water, we’ll arrive at our hotel on the beach in Tutóia for an evening debrief and further discussion on safety, flow, and leadership on the water. (Pousada Jagatá)
Day 6 – Tutóia to Atins
Another fairly long day on the water along the remote coastline of the Maranhão will test our endurance and group dynamics as we make our way to the idyllic village of Atins.
Welcome to Atins and Vila Guara, a peaceful hotel right on the kitespot (Vila Guará)
Day 7 – Atins and the Rio Negro
Our final day together involves a shorter downwind to the Rio Negro in the incredible Lençóis Maranhenses, and an opportunity to review and digest everything we’ve discussed and experienced together during the week. After a final group session together back at the hotel we’ll celebrate with dinner and the star-studded night sky of remote Atins. (Vila Guará)
Day 8 – Check Out and Departure
Depending on where you’re heading off to, you’ll likely have an early departure from Atins. If you’re heading to Barreirinhas or Sāo Luís, enjoy the breeze in your hair on the ride up the river.
Thank you for allowing us to take you on this incredible experience, you can already start organizing your next Surfin Sem Fim Adventure in this beautiful and unique part of the world!