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Ponta Preta Reef

Ponta Preta Reef

Sal Island - Santa Maria , Cape Verde

Surf, Bodyboard

The Ponta Preta point is located on Sal Island, Cape Verde, a volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean just south of the Tropic of Cancer. Known for its beauty and the quality of its waves, the surf potential was first discovered at the end of the eighties by windsurf lovers. The south of the island is now one of the world’s top windsurf destinations. In the wake of this, Sal Island and Ponta Preta became a benchmark for surfing, first in Europe and then in the rest of the world.  

Santa Maria, the island’s small capital, is a half an hour walk away from the beach which welcomes surfers from all over the world, and it has a wide variety of accommodation, restaurants and services. It’s relatively easy to get there as it’s well connected and is only a few hours away from the main European cities. Sal is Cape Verde’s main island and the currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo. It’s important to foresee your currency exchange as not all of the banks or currency exchange places accept bank cards. Bear in mind that Cape Verde isn’t as cheap as it may seem due to its increasing popularity and development as a tourist destination. Sal Island is a wonderful authentic destination which is within everyone’s reach, with incredible waves, a relaxed atmosphere, and a place where everyone is very kind and friendly. It has one of the best climates in the world with tropical waters of around 24°C. Ponta Preta is the perfect winter escape for those who have little time and want to arrive, drop their bag and go quickly to enjoy one of the best rights in the world.



Ponta Preta is a righthander, which with good conditions can be 300 metres long. It breaks on an exposed lava reef and generates sections with barrels and powerful bowls in shallow water. Thanks to the depth of the low pressures in the North Atlantic, the swell is assured from October through to March. The best conditions are with a NW swell and E wind. Ponta Preta is at its best between September and December as this is when there are more glassy days and better wind conditions, which is what you need to keep in mind for your sessions.

Regarding the dynamics of the peak, the right is more consistent and the left is a nice wave but it requires a bit more level, the usual NE wind hits strongly giving it extra power and it tends to close out so it’s essential to select the waves above four feet well. Although the tide changes don’t go over a metre, it works best from low to full tide. It’s important to keep the frequent and strong offshore in mind as it makes the drop in difficult, and this factor, along with a respectable size of more than 5 feet makes extra volume and length necessary. It’s better to go in from the beach although some enter directly at the point.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
  • Wind
  • Tide
  • Swell
  • Bottom
    Lava reef
  • Size
    3 to 10 ft
  • Time of year
    From November to March
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