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Ibiraquera, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Ibiraquera, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Region: South America
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Santa Catarina, a state in Southern Brazil, offers the one of the highest standards of living in South America to a population of about 6 million people. To countless windsurfers and kiteboarders out there, Santa Catarina has something else to offer – Ibiraquera, a great windsurfing/kiteboarding destination.

Here is what you need to know about Ibiraquera, from a windsurfing and kiteboarding point of view, of course:

Wind
The best months to go to Ibiraquera for wind are July, August, September, October and November. The wind is generated by storm systems off the south of Argentina. The wind blows from the north (port tack) most of the time (some 80% of the time) and from the south (starboard tack) some of the time (some 20% of the time).

The wind speed varies a lot. It can be light, then go up to 25 knots.

Water
The best months to go to Ibiraquera for swell are August and September. The waves are swell driven. A northerly wind with a south swell makes for the perfect windsurfing riding conditions. When the northerly winds blow, the water is brown. When the southerly winds blow, the water is blue – but these winds bring colder water temperatures.

The water temperature during the winter months (from June through August - that's not a typo, the seasons are switched in the southern hemisphere) can drop down to about 18°C, so it’s best to wear a wetsuit. You will want to stay in the water most of the time, because you’ll get blasted with sand while on the beach.

Other useful information
Ibiraquera became famous back in 2007 when PWA Wave Champion Kauli Seadi organized a PWA wave event here.

You should not have problems finding gear to rent. You should not have problems finding a place to stay either. There are plenty of pousadas (guest houses) to rent and most of them are relatively close to the beach, they’re clean, and best of all, they’re cheap – or at least reasonably priced.

Finding food will not be a problem. You can buy food from a supermarket, or you can go out and eat – both options are pretty cheap (eating in is obviously cheaper than eating out).

Don’t expect much of a nightlife because Ibiraquera is a small, quiet town. There are some bars and nightclubs if you really want to do something when the sun goes down. 

Here are some other things you can do in Ibiraquera, apart from windsurfing and/or kiteboarding: whale watching, surfing, hiking, biking, shopping.


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