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Photo-report : Brazil

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Brazil is becoming a famous destination for kitesurfers and with 600 km of beaches, the coast of Ceara, offers 6 months (July thru December) of constant wind, tropical climate, amazing white sandy beaches, and best of all, the Brazilians and their positive attitude! Here is a quick overview of the area:

The most publicized spot is probably Cumbuco because of it's proximity to Fortaleza (about 15 miles). Another spot becoming well-known is Paracuru, about 100 miles West of Fortaleza, also good wind and water conditions, Paracuru is the largest city on the coast between Fortaleza and Jericoacoara.

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Pousadas (brazilian bed and breakfasts) are usually located close to the spots, you shouldn't have to walk for more than 5 minutes, and in most cases there is lodging right on the beach, then all you have to do is wake-up, have breakfast and ride.

There is a new kite beach coming up called "Prea", it is 7 miles before you get to Jericoacoara. Kite beach is a 10 mile-long bay with white sand, guaranteed side-on-shore winds from July to December, and no obstacles or rocks!! There are no safety issues here (such as gear disappearing from the beach) because of the distance from larger cities and the locals are very friendly, many times fishermen will bring back lost gear.

View the kitesurf video at : http://www.vilaprea.com

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A lot of people remember Prea for its unbelievable 10 km sunset downwinders, and the village borders the National Parc where there are manyflat-water-lagoons (only 10 min. buggy drive), the wind there may be a little gusty, but the spots are beautiful

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In regards to the wind conditions, almost every day between July and December in Prea, 20 knots in the morning and 25 to 30 in the afternoon, then it usually drops about 5 knots before sunset.

In Sept, Oct and Nov, you may get 3-5 days a month with 35 knots in the afternoon, due to the New Moon and Full Moon effects :shock:

The fishing village of Prea is starting to develop and has a couple of restaurants and hotels on the beach, and if you are looking for some serious nightlife, Jericoacoara is only a 15 minute dune buggy ride away, party goes on from midnight to 6:00 am.

We just added a new slideshow of the area (Kitesurfing, Prea, the National parc and Jericoacoara) at:

New slideshow at : http://www.vilaprea.com/pictures

How to get there: The closest international airport is Fortaleza Pinto Martins (airport code FOR)

Airlines: From Europe, TAP (Air Portugal) has daily direct flights from Lisbone, check with your closest travel agent as there are new charter flights coming up.

From the US: TAM just opened a new direct flight from Miami to Fortaleza

If you need any more info on the area or are looking for lodging, pm me or email me at info@vilaprea.com

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On one hand.. it's way cool, awesome pictures...

on the other hand it's complete spam...

but on the other hand .. it's a bit dirty, I should wash it.

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