Practise your shaka skills with surfing lessons on Sal Island.
A shoreline experience that speaks to Cape Verde’s vibrant biodiversity and hang ten lifestyle, share the line up with nature’s greats on this beginner’s surfing lesson in Santa Maria. A shoreline known for its pods of dolphins and lazy leatherback turtles – learn from the pros and paddle out back where curious bottlenose ride the whitewater and beach breaks out back!
Santa Maria Beach is on Sal Island in Cape Verde – a popular surf spot due to its long beach breaks, shallow water and consistent whitewater. It is about 16 km south of the Amílcar Cabral International Airport, and 20 km south of the island capital Espargos.
Head to Santa Maria Beach on Sal Island for this beginner’s surf lesson. Available as a private group session or a full day course, choose a one hour taster or full 5-hour itinerary depending on how much time you want to spend in the surf. Whatever option you choose, like all good surf lessons – they all start on the beach with a few warm-up exercises and a short ocean safety briefing. Practise your standing series and pop up sequence with your instructor – working on your balance and body placement before you hit the water – learning how to paddle out, catch a wave and ride your first foamie into shore! Staying in the waist height whitewater, your instructor will be on hand to give you a helping hand and improve your water confidence during the session – finish up with high fives and salty smiles all round.
June and October is the main beginner surf season when waves are their most consistent and the average wind force is 3 to 4 Beaufort (10-15 knots). Santa Maria is a long, safe and shallow beach break with minimal swell.