- Did you know that Sal island is one of the most popular tourist destinations for those who practice water sports?
You can immediately notice, staying on the Sal island , that there are many people, experts or not, who every day meet on the beaches of Santa Maria to practice sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Santa Maria in fact has a constant wind that allows fans of these sports to try their hand at practically perfect weather conditions.
On the island there are also many schools for those who want to relax and learn one of these extreme sports, more and more part of the identity of the place.
Originally from Sal, he is also the world champion of kite surfing: “Mitu Monteiro”;
He, a pioneer of a discipline that combines surfing and kitesurfing: the “wave riding strapless”, or the art of surfing the waves pulled by a kite in a board without straps . Is a real icon for fans of this sport, having conquered everything possible in the world competitive scene.
Recently he also decided to face the challenge of distance, Mitu Monteiro has in fact crossed in kite all the 10 islands of the Cabo Verdian archipelago, breaking the world record of 147 miles traveled on a board without strap in the way (Sal-Santo Antao).
In 2018 Santa Maria, more precisely Ponta Preta hosted the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour a world-class competition that concerns the disciplines of the wave and the freestyle strapless a real event that hosted the best kite surfers from around the world.