Jericoacoara is a small fishing village, mecca of windsurfing and kitesurfing, in Ceará, Brazil. Located 300 km west of Fortaleza.
Until about 20 years ago, Jericoacoara was still a secluded and simple fishing village. There were no roads, no electricity, no phones, no TV’s, no newspapers, and money was rarely used.
Since 1984, the area around Jericoacoara was declared Environmental Protection Area (APA) and became a National Park in 2002. This brought many building restrictions and tourism controls helping to preserve the area. Electricity arrived in the village and today, hot showers and air conditioner are no longer luxury articles. However, street lighting is forbidden by local law.
That’s why Jericoacoara is a place far away from the hurried modern world of screeching sirens, traffic jams and endless lineups. A place where streets are paved with sand, where beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and where warm water marries with palm swaying breezes.
Jericoacoara is the perfect venue for every family looking for a quite place where enjoy holidays and beach life with a light breeze on the beach.
Jericoacoara is not just a great venue for freeriders and freestylers’ winter training, but every windsurfer can find the perfect playground to enhance their skill and to enjoy winter holidays to the full.
The endless beach offers endless beach breaks as well, with long period and step waves rolling all the year long with perfect side shore wind. These waves are perfect to jump and to train, but you can enjoy some pure waveriding as well. The flat zone between the waves allows freestylers to pull every possible freestyle move, and freeriders can taste the pure joy of planning in perfect windy, safe and warm waters conditions.
With wind blowing from June to January and waves rolling from November to April, Jericoacoara offers a great display of conditions.
In the morning the wind is usually light (10/15 knots), so perfect for beginners and windsurf lessons. If it’s lighter you can paddle around on SUP boards and take the small surf rolling everyday on the bay.
At midday usually wind becames stronger and conditions can change depending on the tide, switching from a perfect freestyle-freeride arena to an easy wave riding park with side shore wind and 1 to 2 meters step waves rolling in, so perfect to improve your jumping skill and start to train on wave riding as well.
Freeride enthusiast? No problem, you can find plenty of space just outside the bay, with 25 to 35 knots of wind on oceanic long waves… an endless playground…
Wave specialists can test their skill at Malhada beach, right upwind the Jeri250 Center, where they can spot perfect conditions to pull out sky high jumps on big side off wave ramps.
And if you are looking for more playground options, here are some others:
Lagoa Paraiso: daily trips to the lagoon are a must. This is the place to enjoy perfect flat water run while enjoying great Brazilian drinks and food.
Tatajuba lagoon: superflat and windier than Jeri… average 10 knots more than Jeri!
Maceio: this is a 2 day trip, another great upcoming spot for freestylers!
Jeri250 organizes daily trips to all the outside spots.
Average Yearly Conditions
The trade wind blows every day in Jericoacoara from 10 to 12 knots. Then from late morning till 17 in the afternoon a thermal effect usually boost it to strength over 20 up to over 35 or 40 knots.
Before 9 in the morning and after 17 in the afternoon is possible to paddle around on SUP boards in light wind conditions. Sunset is at 18.