Jericoacoara, Ceara, Brazil

Jeri is a very special place: all the streets are in sand, which gives its character and authenticity to the place. There are lots of animations, local stores, bar and restaurants to go out at night and even go partying. There are also tons of nice Brazilian-style pousadas disseminated in the village to stay at. And further than a lovely village, Jeri boasts a huge sandy dune on the beach, at walking distance from the center, which turns into a magic and very popular spot to watch sunset every night.

In terms of kitesurfing, the wind blows consistently from July to January. Kitesurfing opportunities are varied : you can rent a buggy to go ride to explore the differet kite spots around the area. Jeri Kite Spot is just after the Sunset Dune. Be careful though: the bay is exposed to offshore wind.



Spot details by WakeUpStoked

– Behind the Dune in Jeri

Conditions: flat – choppy. You can’t kite surf in Jeri itself since it’s forbidden – only the windsurfers can cruise around the point. The only place you’re allowed to kite at is behind the Dune but it’s not really worth kiting here since the wind is quite gusty. However it’s a nice starting point for a downwinder to Guriu or Tatajuba.

 The kite beach in Barrinha, BrazilBarrinha as seen from the restaurant (there is enough space without fisherboats upwind and downwind from there)

– Upwind of Jeri: Barrinha

Conditions: flat – choppy. 10 km further from Prea you’ll find Barrinha, which has a bit more flat but also shallow water than Prea. The restaurant here is famous for its lobster and after a good meal you start here for your downwinder to Prea or Placa. You get out at the sign  and most of the people go out since the last part from there the beach is quite rocky and the wind direction is offshore.
But if you want you can do the downwinder all the way to Praia Malhada, the small bay to get out before the point in Jeri or continue to behind the dune. It’s not allowed to go out at the main beach in Jeri but I’ve seen some kiters do it anyway.
the kitesurf spot in prea, brazil
The kite beach in Prea, when sitting in Rancho do Peixe

– Upwind of Jeri: Prea

Conditions: choppy. This is the spot which is perfect if you want a good restaurant and nice vibe. Rancho do Peixe is the most comfortable solution with a compressor, a space to leave your pumped kite during the sessions in the shadow and wash your stuff. Besides the restaurant is very good, I can recommend anything from the thin pizzas made in the stone oven or the salads (my favorite: Salad with Quinoa, Shrimps and roasted Cashew nuts).
The kite beach in Prea, Brazil
The kite beach in Prea, Brazil
If you want a bit more quiet atmosphere you can also go to Vila Prea which has really good food as well, partly homegrown from their own garden.
In general it’s always more fun to kite at low tide since the water is a bit more flat so always check the tide table here.
Same as Barrinha, the best part of the day is the downwinder to Placa at the end of the day.
The spot right before entering Guriu with small waves
The waves right before Guriu

– Downwind from Jeri: Guriu (or the waves before Guriu)

Conditions:  flat /choppy-waves on the ocean. It’s more flat than Prea here and you can have some really nice waves right before the lagoon Guriu. The nicest way to come here is downwinding from behind the dune. If you want to save money, the transfer is usually a bit cheaper if you tell them you’re staying before Guriu, since the drivers don’t have to pass the river with the boat and pay extra.
When the tide is higher you can kite out of the Guriu lagoon to the ocean where there are some nice little waves.
Guriu is a lagoon which works with medium/high tide. It can sometimes be a bit smelly but still it’s a nice spot. There are a few small huts that sells cold coconuts and drinks.

– Downwind from Jeri: Tatajuba

Conditions: flat. This small lagoon works with medium to high tide. It can get quite crowded here but you can still go to the ocean and get some small waves. My favorite trip is donwinding all the way from Jeri to Tatajuba, shred a bit in the flatwater , then have a good meal here and drive back. There is a local restaurant with cheaper prices at the right outer site (when you stand in front of all the houses coming from the ocean) which serves local fish or you go to one of the restaurants right on the beach..
Lagoa Grande close to Tatajuba
Lagoa Grande

– Lagoa Grande 

Conditions: flat – choppy (sweet water!). It’s around 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the Paradise lagoon so it’s not worth going every day but it’s definitely nice to see. It’s funny having sweet water for a change and same as Guriu the water is quite flat compared to Prea.
The lagoon is pretty big and there are some touristy yet good fish restaurants or rather fish huts. The food takes around an hour so just calculate that into your plans. It’s also a nice place to hang out in one of the hammocks in the water.
Top view of the Lagoa Grande – a pretty big kitesurf lagoon
Lagoa Grande

Downwind options around Jeri

There are tons of options for downwinders around Jeri – those two are the ones you can do as a day trip (or half day trip depending on the level of the group you’re kitesurfing with).

Jeri Dune – Guriu – Tatajuba

(1.5 hours if you’re going fast downwind, around 3 hours if you’re going slowly) My favorite is definitely from behind the dune all the way to Tatajuba – passing the waves upwind from Guru, cutting into the Guriu lagoon for some flatwater, then continuing on to Tatajuba passing some nice waves again and finally arriving in the flatwater lagoon Tatajuba.
This is a downwinder for the more experienced kiters since the car can’t follow along the whole time on the coast – it needs to pass the river at one point and then go via the inland the last bit to arrive in Tatajuba.

Barrinha – Prea – Placa

(45 min if you’re going fast downwind, around 1.5 hours if you’re going slowly) Another nice option is going from Barrinha (you need low tide to get up there) all the way down to Placa – maybe with a lunch stop in-between in Prea. This is a shorter downwinder and better for not such experienced kiters since your driver can follow you along on the coast all the way.