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Sal Windsurf Centre - Sal - Cape Verdes, Cape Verde Islands

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There are two Fanatic windsurf centres: The first on Santa Maria beach offering windsurf instruction for beginners and intermediates; the second from Ponte Leme beach, with range of Fanatic boards and Duotone/North sails for rental, a short shuttle ride away. Options for kitesurfing, surfing and stand up paddleboarding rental and instruction are also available. The centre is stocked with the latest Fanatic boards from freeride and freestyle to specialist wave boards for entry level to expert plus ION wetsuits.

Open  Mid October to end of May.

There are two windsurfing centres. Ponta Leme point and Santa Maria beach.

The main windsurfing centre is located at Ponta Leme point which is suitable for intermediate to advance level windsurf rental. Instruction is available for all levels. Here you can rent a range of Fanatic boards from freeride and freestyle to specialist wave boards and book instruction for intermediate to advanced windsurfing including freestyle and wave sailing. Ponta Leme is situated on the east coast of the island of Sal and is about 10-15 minutes walk from the Santa Maria beach center. Ponta Sino spot is also offered, with local fees payable for the excursion, with between 1-3m waves. Ponte Leme can have from 1-4m waves as well as flat water conditons for freestyle depending on the time of year. 

The Santa Maria beach centre is located on the stunning white sand beach of Santa Maria, is a small centre with windsurf instruction for beginners only, with side to side-offshore wind from the left. There is a spacious 2km fine sand beach, giving good access to the launch area. The centre offers a 'shore break' service to help you get into the water when there is a shorebreak. There is also kitesurfing, surfing and SUP rental and instruction available here. A limited about of storage is available at Ponta Leme when booked in advance.

The centre has good facilties which include shower/WC nearby restaurant, bar, internet cafe and shop. Accessories available include new ION wetsuits, life vests, Duutone/North Sails boom, mast feet protectors and Vario harness lines. WiFi is available at the centre.

Full rental and instruction service with a wide choice of the latest Fanatic boards and North sails. Video analysis available for advanced and unlimited lessons. There is a rescue boat on stand by if needed. SUP boards are available to voucher clients at no extra charge on windless days. Equipment available from the Santa Maria centre includes larger size beginner boards. Rental equipment available from the Ponte Leme centre are only smaller from 133l or less.  Shuttles are available between your hotel and the centres complimentary for pre-booked rental and instruction voucher guests. Times to be confirmed locally.

Sports & Activities
Excursions can be booked locally to other sailing spots. The full action multisport Joker package is available as well as kitesurfing and windsurfing. There is also SUP and surfing tuition available.

Kit Range

Latest equipment from Fanatic & Duotone/North:  
Santa Maria Cenre  Limited number of larger boards 146, 156l for beginner lessons only.
Ponte Leme Centre Approx. 34 Boards, 60 Rigs (4,0 m² - 6,1 m²) board sizes 133l and smaller.

Kids & Junior Equipment: Available. 



 1 Week from

2 Weeks from

Standard Rate (Dec - May)



Special Rate (Oct and Nov)



Non Consecutive Days - Standard Rate (Dec - May)

4 out of 7 days

10 out of 14 days

Non Consecutive Days - Special Rate (Oct and Nov)

4 out of 7 days

10 out of 14 days

Special Rental Rate 
when booked with Starter & Refresher Course

5 hours

10 hours 

Please Note: You may be required to pay a damage waiver fee, locally at the centre, or leave a credit card deposit against potential damage, before rental equipment can be taken.

Sportif recommend you take insurance to cover third party liability, as well as medical and general travel insurance, which is required as part of our terms and conditions of booking. However, your insurance may not provide cover for damage to equipment that is rented, so worth checking in advance of travel.

 Discounts Available:

       Double Usage:                             2nd person receives 80% discount on rental rate
                                                           (ie only pays +20% on standard rental rate).
       Combination of 2 Sports:                 70% discount on rental on 2nd sport equipment
                                                            (ie pay only +30% on standard rental rate).
       Rental & Instruction of 2 Sports:      10% discount on standard rental rate.
                                                            (rental kitesurfing & windsurfing, instruction - kitesurfing,
                                                             windsurfing, surfing, catamaran sailing).
       Board Only, Rig or Kite Only:           30% discount with storage included*.
                                                             Pay only 70% of complete standard rental rate.
                                                             (*At centres offering storage - the storage for 1 board, 1
                                                             kite, or 1 rig included in the price, subject to availability.)
        Family Specials:                            Windsurf Rental 1 aduld + 1 child using same board
                                                             - child up to 16 years is Free of Charge
        Kids & Youngsters:                         50% discount on rental rates 
                                                             (Valid for kids & youngsters up to 16 years.)


Windsurfing Tuition: Beginner, Refresher, Kids, Advanced & Private/Semi Private.
Group lessons are a maximum of 6 persons. If there is only 1 person in a group the time will be reduced but you will receive one to one instruction for the same rate! The content on the lesson can be requested in advance - such as beach start, stance, planing, harness & footstraps, gybing and freestyle manoeuvers.

Kids Tuition: Windsurfing on Sal can offer challenging conditions. When the conditions are right, kids tuition on a wide sandy beach without any rocks and sideshore wind from the left.

Starter & Refresher Training incl. equipment - £85 £120 £170
Advanced Training* £40 - - -
Youngster Training including equipment 
- £65 £95 £145
Children's Training incl. equipment (6-11 yrs) 
maximum 4 children per group
3 hrs
5 hrs
Semi Private / Private Training Semi Private
1 hr £40
1 hr £65

*Advanced & Private & Semi Private training does not include equipment.


SURFING TRAINING (at Santa Maria beach)





Surf Training
Beginners - Intermediate - Advanced





Surf Board Storage

1 wk £19

2 wks £29

All lessons INCLUDE equipment. 


Fact File

Sailing Conditions

Winter On Shore Winter Off Shore Summer On Shore Summer Off Shore






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Great Reasons to go to Sal, Cape Verdes

Best Time: December - May.
Launch: Sandy beach with some shore break, occasionally moderate.
Wind Direction: Cross shore,
at times cross offshore.
Wind Type: Northeast trades.
Shorebreak: Slight to moderate.
Water Conditions: Slight chop;
up wind flatwater area; on the
eastern edge increasing swells
further out.
Suitability: All levels.
  • Short flight from the UK.
  • Windsurf, Kitesurf, SUP &
    Surfing multisport packages.
  • Beautiful sandy beach.
  • Combination of slalom
    and wave conditions
  • Shuttle available to Ponta Leme wave beach.
  • Most popular board size
    90 - 110 L.
  • Most polular sail size
    5.3 - 6.2 m.

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