If we were to pick the best kiteboarding/windsurfing spot in the whole of South America, then that place would have to be the small fishing village of Cumbuco in Brazil. How small is Cumbuco? Here are some figures to put things in perspective: Cumbuco’s total land area if of 0.6 square miles or 1.6 square kilometers; Cumbuco’s population, according to the latest statistics we could get our hands on, is of 1.600 people.
The interesting thing about Cumbuco is that it has sand dunes on one side, and a beautiful and quiet beach near Fortaleza on the other side. Near the beach there’s the village’s main square where you can find several beach restaurants and a fresh fish market. Fun fact: you can play football in the square.
Focusing on kiteboarding and windsurfing, the conditions in Cumbuco are quite favorable for these sports. The winds are favorable 6 months per year (from June until December, but you can kiteboard/windsurf pretty much all year round), there are huge open spaces, the air temperatures is between 77°F (25°C) and 86° (30°C), and the water temperatures is between 70°F (21°C) and 77°F (25°C).
If you want to take a break from kiteboarding/windsurfing, there are plenty of other things you can do in Cumbuco, like jet skiing, buggy tours, quads, horse back riding, surfing, and sand boarding.
The bottom line is this: Cumbuco is a nice, affordable, not crowded place with nice sandy beaches and palm trees that offers ideal kiteboarding/windsurfing conditions for about six months. You can kiteboard/windsurf all year long, but ideally you will want to do so from June until December.