Maceio - quite simply put this is a place that has burst on to the windsurfing map this season, but why? Well as we all know new moves are coming out left, right and centre, but where do pros go to train the new stuff without any beady eyes checking up on them... It seems they may have just found somewhere; scattered lagoons and a ramp fest all within easy reach of one another. We caught up with Italian freestyler Giovanni Passani to find out a little about what is going on behind the scenes.
Over to Giovanni...
Praia do Maceiò is paradise. Located 15km downwind from the well known glassy flat waters of Camocim (home to Hugo de Sousa) the spot has a lot to offer. First we rented a house big enough for 4 people to sleep, the price is quite cheap and we have all the services you'd need when resting after a long days windsurfing; including TV and amazingly a wifi connection out here in the middle of nowhere.
One of the main reasons we come here is to practice without the crowds, this place is really good, really really good. No matter what the tide is you can windsurf with ramps or flat spots, but with high tide it becomes really crazy and is perfect to try all the new insane double air moves that are upcoming now. Then off the water it's nice to come back down to reality and we all love the quiet and calm atmosphere of Maceiò, where you can easily find quality fresh food, live healthy and enjoy the real Brazilian lifestyle, without intensive tourism or big structures.
Around Praia do Maceiò there are many many lagoons, rivers and small lakes. Plenty of different spots where you can find lot of interesting new conditions, each different from the other. We often use the 4.0 size sails, sometimes it is too big, and up to the 4.8.
Accessing the spots is easy and cheap because you can rent dune-buggies off the locals for a small amount and go around all day, stoping where the conditions look the best and just have fun with all your friends around you. It's really a bit of a dream.
Our home spot is the 'Barraca' of our friend called Omar, it is located at the same place where Gigi Madeddu has a windsurf storage rack, exactly in front of the
beach park of Praia do Maceiò. You can leave your sails rigged up without any stress or worry.
Most of photos we sent where taken in Barra do Rimedio, a river 10km away from Maceiò. More pics were taken in another lagoon 5km into the desert of Maceiò. The water is rare here because it relies on the rains from the previous rainy season, this year we got lucky and they had quite a heavy rainy season in the local area, so there are many lagoons.
It's interesting to see because a lot of pro riders are starting to come training around here. Personally I think that in few years time already it is going to be really famous for the fully sick conditions; wind everyday, stunning landscapes, friendly locals and an atmosphere we struggle to find anywhere else.
Camocim is also really close, we often go there to score a more “relaxing" flat water session, and you can find Supermarkets, restaurants, banks, hospital, and all other kinds of services that you really need.
How To Get There
Getting to Maceiò is really quite simple: You simply fly to Pinto Martin Fortaleza Airport, from there you can rent a pick-up with driver who brings you straight to Maceiò. Or for those wishing to save a little then take the bus to Camocim, it is super cheap (€20 with your boardbag) and you arrive at Camocim Bus Station, from there it is easy to find a taxi to bring you to Maceiò.
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