Tips on What to Carry
It’s not always that windy. Usually It’s less windy on average going west of Jeri.
You can ride a much bigger kite going downwind vs upwind, so there is much less risk of being overpowered. For most of the route you will be riding directly or almost directly downwind (side-side-on), and of course if you do the vector math your apparent wind is the wind speed *minus* your speed.
It’s better to bring two bars so that you have a backup.
Make sure that ALL of your kite gear is in excellent condition, AT MOST 3 YEARS OF USE. This is an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being well prepared. If you have doubts about any of your gear, check it, fix it, upgrade it, or replace it.
We suggest bringing your surfboards with straps. Long distance is more fun on a surfboard, and a surfboard is more versatile as well. Strapless is good because it’s easier to switch your feet around, but depending on the conditions you may need the straps.
Don’t forget to bring some extra fins. If you like freestyle, of course, bring a Twin Tip and you can ride the whole trip on one if you want to, but you’ll need more kite as well – and you may run into some issues if the wind drops.
We recommend wearing *two layers* of rash guard to prevent chafing from your harness.
An XCEL rash guard with a built-in hood to keep the sun off your head and neck. Either use
one of these as your inner rash guard layer and/or bring a surf hat and also a lifeguard vest.
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Same two-layer strategy on the bottom – for men, get a sunga or some triathlon shorts and wear it under your boardshorts. It’s a good idea to bring a pair of lycra pants and a waterproof jacket (if you have one), as sometimes we travel by boat.
- Hands: you may get chafing on your hands from handling your kite bar on the water all day. Bring some waterproof white athletic tape.
- Feet: The coast of Brazil is generally very foot-friendly. However – there are a couple of small areas with rocks/reefs so you can bring reef booties ‘just in case’.
If you tend to get thirsty easily, you may want to bring a hydration backpack (a.ka. camelback), but we have enough hydration breaks. With the exception of the Delta Routes, which we will have less car support.
One thing we all love is evidence of our adventure moments. So yes, you can bring your GoPro or get one of the new REVL câmeras clicking it here.
We strongly suggest exchanging your currency for Brazilian Reais (R$) before you arrive. You can do this at the airport, or any “cambio” that you encounter in Brazil before arriving. In the region we will be kiting, it can be very hard to find banks or a cambio where you can exchange your money.
OTHER IMPORTANTS THINGS
We suggest bringing some good sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, any personal medications (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc..) and anything else that will make sure your adventure runs smoothly.