Surf Rental packages
Located 5 minutes walk from the center, next to the wood jetty where all fishermen sell their catch of the day, the spot of Ponton offers small waves to be ridden right of the beach. If the left part of the spot (looking from the beach) has some rocks, and very little water at low tide, the right part, closer to the jetty, is perfect for people to paddle out, and get the first sensations on small waves breaking on a sandy bottom without any current. Totally safe, it is the locals favourite sunset spot too. Good atmosphere on the water. Ideal for beginners, especially at high tide, the waves remain nice even when the rest of the bay is windy. Works better from April to November (low season).
B) PUNTA SINO
Located 10 minutes walk downwind from the center alongside the beach, Punta Sino is a spot that combines great wave sailing on the left of the wreck (with a bit of current and rocks though), and a very special surfing spot right behind the point (right of the wreck, towards Ponta Preta. Why special ? Because this spot offers (not all the time), a nice beach break with a wave that allows you to surf very close and parallely to the beach, with a sandy bottom. There is sometimes a strong current at Sino, but it has the great advantage to push you alongside the beach, which implies some paddling to remain at the peak, but keeps people close to the shore at all time: once the wave is ridden, surfers get on the beach, and walk up to the peak, before entering the water again. According to level of waves and size of waves, we can use the center’s rescue boat to bring people directly behind the wave. Top luxury!! Works most of the winter, from October till May.
C) OTHER SPOTS
Without revealing all the local secret spots of the island, Sal’s west coast is basically a succession of surf spots for advanced surfers. Mainly isolated and accessible only with 4WD cars, these spots are almost exclusively for people who want to rent equipment out and surf at their own risks, not places where we would offer more than safaris with Supervision, after having checked the participants level in one of the above mentionned spots first ! Among other names: Mont Leon, Ali baba, Mordeira, … and of course the mystical right of Punta Preta.
Group-, Semi-Private- and Private-Lessons
Surf & SUP Equipment ION Club Sal – Santa Maria
Soft Tech, Kai and BIC provides us with their latest surfboards. For beginners we offer boards in different sizes, with soft surface to avoid bruises. So you have the best conditions to venture into the waves.
Safety in practicing Surf & SUP Sal – Santa Maria
A lookout at St. Maria is always occupied by a lifeguard looking over the surfers during opening hours, and able to act immediately in case of any emergency. The safety team is ready at all times to attend rescues with the zodiac.
Feel free to use our surf boards if you have booked a minimum of 3 consecutive days of windsurf or kitesurf rental, we won’t charge any extras for it !
If you are not a guest already, you have the possibility to rent it of course.
A word about
ION CLUB Sal – Santa Maria
In the middle of the Atlantic, 1500 km south of the Canary Islands and 450 km west of the coast of Senegal, is the small island group of Cape Verde. Appearing almost insignificant, but very valuable - and not only for us windsurfers and kitesurfers. The seamen used the favorable winds of the Cape Verdes to cross the Atlantic Ocean long before us. In the late eighties, Club Mistral recognized the potential and benefits of Cape Verde and decided to stay on the island.
The small ION CLUB Center in Santa Maria is centrally located on the beautiful beach of the fishing town of Santa Maria. Due to its location the center is a great meeting point to decide where to go and which spot to ride for the day. All our Kitesurfing guests would meet in the morning at the center and than either get a free 5 minute shuttle to the kite beach on the windward side of the island, or kite right in front of the center.
Windsurfers will enjoy our good windsurfing conditions and bigger choice of boards and sails at our other center on the other side of Santa Maria - ION CLUB Ponta Leme - (only 10 minutes walking distance). Here at ION CLUB Santa Maria, we are only using big boards above 145 liters, and only beginners lessons are available.
The spot in front of the ION CLUB Santa Maria is due to the conditions only for experienced Kitesurfers. Side Offshore wind from left. ION CLUB guests can ride upwind from the Santa Maria center to enjoy the perfect flat water on the inside or the waves at the point. For less experienced kitesurfer we recommend to kite at Kitebeach (few minutes by Taxi; can be arranged with us).
Perfect flat water on the inside or waves at the point. Shore Break Service/rescue boat.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
From Almilcar Cabral Airport to Santa Maria
It is virtually impossible to get lost on your way from Almilcar Cabral Airport to Santa Maria, where the ION CLUB Center is located; after all, there is only a single road on the island, running in a north/ south direction.
Transfer from the airport to the hotels takes about 15-25 minutes.
Taxis cost about €2/km.
A rental car is not at all necessary.
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A story of pioneer since 1985
The story of the ION CLUB tells of people who have turned their passion for windsurfing and kitesurfing into a profession. Since its founding in 1985, customer orientation, team spirit, innovation and professionalism have been the top priorities of our corporate philosophy.
The ION CLUB / Club Mistral has gained a lot of experience in the 30 years of its existence and has developed more and more into a company that focuses on communicating with guests and fulfilling their needs and wishes.
With 16 water sports schools worldwide, we are one of the leading companies in this field. ION CLUB has a network of international partners in different countries. We strive to be international and multicultural and express this through the selection of our employees, who currently come from 24 different countries.