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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.

Cabo Verde 2009

We meet the New Champ!
26/02/09
Josh Angulo, newly crowned PWA Cabo Verde event champ, checks out the imported talent - eat yer heart out, Bjorn!
Host Host: johng
Date Date: 23/02/09
Venue Venue: Cabo Verde
Forthcoming event Forthcoming event See the build up
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Cabo Verde 2009 (21)
Rating OMWC Rating: 3 star rating
Web linkWeb:The Santa Maria webcam
So, for all those of you who've been waiting with breathless anticipation for CV news, here it is...

This marathon two week event was one of two halves - with and without Beth and Gen. Adam and John appeared throughout, along with a movable cast of locals, other imported surfers and a cast of about four items of wildlife. Sal on Cabo Verde is a pretty focussed place - people are here for sun and sand, with a few enjoying the wind and waves as well. There isn't much kultcha, so don't arrive expecting it. The hotel Djadsal was ok, the breakfast menu constant but adequate, and the bungalow roof leaked slightly when it rained. And it wasn't supposed to rain! Oh, and the electricity went off at the first hint of precipitation, along with no hot water later on on the days it did rain (two to be fair - you missed it ladies!).

After the excitement of discovering we had actually got in-flight meals, not having opted to save on them, the next exciting thing was getting Beth's board bags safely stowed in some transportation. After putting them in the wrong bus initially, we finally found the trailer for the Djadsal mini-bus, and strapped them down, watched with some trepidation by the TUI reps. The sight of the upcoming Golf Course build en route to the town of Santa Maria was the only downer - where are they going to get the water for all that grass??

And the first evening was brilliant - hard to believe we were here! Beer, food, sea, sand, real surf, marvellous! Walked up to the Angulo station to check it out, along with a beer on the way. Ah, holidays. Nice atmosphere in town, lots of places to look if you felt like it. Clearly not a wealthy place if you're not a property developer, and maybe not even then, at the moment.

Gen and Beth signed up at the Josh Angulo station, whilst Adam and I had pre-booked with Mistral. The Mistral place at the eastern end of the beach is right beside Josh's place, and that's where we registered, although you can get boards from either - the original, large station is about halfway along the beach, but not close to the potentially wavy point. Josh's is a real home-from-home, with sofas, cafe and incessant music of variable loudness and taste - something for everyone, it's just yours that sucks! Nice vibe though. The Mistral station is pretty basic, with not many boards and no facilities beyond a changing hut. Loos for all are at the Sab Sab hotel behind (trying to maintain the usual level of OMWC critical info here).

So, onto the sailing!

Day 1 - fairly windy, some waves at the point up by the Angulo shack. Good day!
Day 2 - not so windy, larger stuff, not much waves
Day 3 - still not very windy really, even bigger gear, Gen was blasting on her birthday - and what a birthday! Hand-crafted card, cake, candle, caipirihnas, great evening.
Day 4 - hardly any wind, very patchy, Beth v frustrated, Adam and John went out on big kit at the other Mistral centre
Day 5 - John and Adam sailed the usual spot, with bigger gear, Beth and Gen took a ride out to Calleta Funda up the west coast and found waves in a fairly gnarly offshore rocky spot - good going ladies!
Day 6 - Weaker wind today, so people were just zooming about doing zoomy things - Gen and John managed duck gybes, yay!! John has promised to attest Gen's gybe to Juan, but has no witness for his.
Day 7 - B&G leaving :( but get in a sail on the last morning - result. Adam and John sail (like there's anything else to do ;) )
Day 8 - John not well, cold peaking, so didn't sail. Adam did on 4.5 enjoying the waves which were of course appearing at the point, since they knew Beth wasn't there to see them
Day 9 - Chunky shorebreak, not helped by the cunningly hidden rocks, causing loss of waveward focus and consequent munching. John sailed 86kl Beast, Adam 76l, all on 4.0m sails, some waves
Day 10 - Waves continue, bigger sails as wind dropping somewhat.
Day 11 - Bigger boards again - 104/5.7m for John
Day 12 - Very light winds, great waves, some people went out on SUPs, and one or two experts (not us) on windsurfers, but they came in - boo, offcial windless day really
Day 13 - Light day, 104/6.2 for John, some planing done, waves lessened but Adam got some at the cost of getting too close to the rocks and lining his wetsuit...
Day 14 - This was just the morning before leaving and it was light - we didn't go out, shame on us!

That's a total of 13 days for Adam and 12 for John, occasioned by his illness. Wow. Good result. It's a pity B&G weren't there the second week, but we would say that wouldn't we? And Adam and I might have been more energetic if we hadn't discovered the Calema Cafe, Santa Maria's equivalent of Casalanca's Rick's American Cafe. Anything can happen there, usually appears to and often until stupidly late. What with Jacqueline/Bianca, Fat Pedro and the Mystery Fisherman, not to speak of several evenings' worth of caipirinhas, the place never lacked entertainment, even more so when the live bands were playing excellent reggae and the like. Definitely worth visiting.

CV is a great place, very friendly, locals generally helpful and chatty. Santa Maria has a surprising variety of restaurants, which didn't seem too expensive e.g. Compad, Relax, Cultural Cafe, Cafe Creole, and a couple of "time warp" bars i.e. Calema and Jungle, and a nightclub. ("time warp" because once you get in there, strange time dilation effects take place and you emerge blinking into the sunlight of another time and place). I think next time we'll get a flight and maybe a pension or an apartment closer to the right beach area, in Santa Maria - a group of four Brits appeared in the second week who did just that, ?400/week for 4 people seems pretty reasonable.

For me the cross-off wind took a day or two of getting used to, but once I got over the idea of being lost somewhere near Boa Vista, it was really cool, and not a problem for anyone confident getting upwind. However, if they ever build the gigantic leisure palace proposed for the land at the point, the wind will be ruined at the wave spot, and we'll have to look elsewhere. The shoredump was huge later on, and I got caught a couple of times, largely because the waves had stripped away the sand and my bare feet couldn't handle the water-concealed rocks, so I slipped and got munched. But the surfshack guys stand at the edge of the beach and tell you when to go, so as long as you don't blow the beach start, you're ok.

p.s. Thompson managed to lose our meal booking on the return flight, which they eventually fixed in a rather surly manner, but it was not much fun after that.

p.p.s. And I haven't even mentioned Gen's birthday, 26 Mar, celebrated with homemade card, cake and candle (just the one!), lots of caipirinhas, and a jolly good time all round. Yay!! Let's do it again next year!

John

Last updated: 01/04/09 21:11 By: Andrew
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Diary for beth at Cabo Verde on 23/02/09

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Decent waves and wind at Pt Leme. Sailed five hours into blisters. Happpy.

Diary for Genevieve at Cabo Verde on 24/02/09

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:4 star rating
Board:88 litres
Sail:5.3

Nice intro to the cabo verde soft style waves on the punta lema of santa maria, sal. Beautiful colours of blue and aqua, warm water, warm winds - very nice. An easy wave to access as you sail in cross-off winds, launching off the beach at the centre where there is no shore break or pounding wave sets to get through, the wave is about 500-800metres away on the point and you head slightly upwind to get into the swell behind the point, then turn and come very close into the point and ride the waves that wrap onto the point - a point break. Then you sail on into the protected bay where you can do all sorts of things on the smoother water and then when you are ready, turn round and do it all again. Nice.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 24/02/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

First day in Sal - windy! Two good sessions, in the swell off the point, and my first time in a seriously cross-off wind. I can see how this could work...

Diary for beth at Cabo Verde on 25/02/09

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:1 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.7

No waves really - just a bit of messing aro und. Will try SUP tomorrow.

Diary for Genevieve at Cabo Verde on 25/02/09

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:3 star rating
Board:88 litres
Sail:5.7

The Angulo centre rules dudes! What a cool hangout- it has all the desirable beachpad properties -shade, brilliant location, great food, a bit of music and atmosphere, heaps of gear and people who rig it for you, a smiling and cheerful down-to-earth host who is the reigning wave world champion, willing to give advice and chat about the weather - even a hot-tub on the beach - although we couldn't see any water or use in that. Reminds me of my preferred dream home with no walls. Again today, a little less wind and less wave. Have decided the Angulo boards really suit these conditions. The cross-off wind is gusty on the inside when you leave shore, so you need a bit more volume. They are smooth and have a responisve shape. Bad news - Got sunburnt feet and it rubs in the straps. I definitely need factor 40 fully waterproof creme. We are near the equator.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 25/02/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:114 litres
Sail:5.3

114l Synchro 5.3m, much lighter wind, no real waves on point, two sessions again.

Diary for Genevieve at Cabo Verde on 26/02/09

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:4 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:6.3

How to feel great on a birthday milestone - go sailing! Interestingly, the focus on numbers ending in zeros (round numbers) is a Roman superstition, at least them if not others. Priding myself on being a slightly modern girl, I am defiant of these sorts of things. Hah! What an absolutely brilliant day. Glorious sunshine, a sweet seabreeze - in fact, exactly the sort of seabreeze I first learnt in, not too little and not too much, but just right as goldilocks put it. Getting back into the saddle this was perfect and today I challenged myself a little more, given the context, and got round some duck gybes etc. Speedy tacks are working out ok now that the practice has paid off. They will help when the waviness comes back. A good beer or two on the beach on the walk home, relaxing sitting in chairs on the sand watching the water or locals playing beachfutbol has become our habit (funny how quickly good habits form on holiday, only to be lost when you leave paradise). And this night the caipharinhas came out in force.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 26/02/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:2 star rating
Board:114 litres
Sail:5.9

114l Synchro 5.9 and later 6.4, lighter again, no waves, did front hand drag :) General wind awareness improving substantially, greater confidence in cross-off conditions

Diary for Genevieve at Cabo Verde on 27/02/09

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:2 star rating
Board:116 litres
Sail:6.7

A nice morning sail planing nicely but the wind is dropping off. Also, my energy levels have bottomed out, as the hangover and lower fitness levels struggle with the daily minimum of 5 hours of sailing. The daily siesta time looks to be extended. An exploration of the Santa Maria Bay is carried out in place of the afternoon session, and Beth and I walk from the Angulo centre along the whole length of the bay, along the full length of the white sandy beach, right round the point past the RIU holiday town and on round the point to close to punta preta. Weirdly, the breeze formerly behind us is suddenly stronger and right in the face as you come round the point, and the point itself while still sandy has some nasty meeting currents that make triangular vertical chop, with underlying rocks. Punta Preta has no waves. But there is one guy out on an a blue NeilPryde (either old or terribly new reflecting the fashion for 80's style), having a good old bash (good sailor too). The RIU spot looks quite good for some waves, in the right wind, but it would probably have to be perfectly cross-shore wind. Punta Preta looks interesting, but not in it's prime.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 27/02/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:150 litres
Sail:5.0

Very light, arsed about all morning, eventually went to other Mistral centre took out beginner board and 5.0 to practise heli-tacks - actually made some! Would be easy-peasy with smaller sail and more constant wind, not to speak of no swell... Good afternoon in all

Diary for beth at Cabo Verde on 28/02/09

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Persuaded Gen to go to Calleta Fundai - which turned out to be a different spot than the Calleta Fundai from two years. Good adventure with little waves, very offshore winds. We had the place to o urselves except for an inquisitive cat.

Diary for Genevieve at Cabo Verde on 28/02/09

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.7

The good old Angulo GU in it's various sizes has proved extremely versatile. However today, we went to a new beach. I had a choice of a sail and board, and no knowledge of what there would be at the other end, so took the biggest wave board, angulo 95l, and then a 5.7 which seemed to be the average of what I had been out on so far. This was thrown into the back of the cab (what is known in oz as a ute, in other places a truck, nice and shiny with 4 seater cab and then the tray for all the gear or spare outdoor seating) with all Beth's gear and off we went.

Caleta Funda was offshore. But a good windstrength, and some swell on the point. It was a rocky bay, which had two sandy shores, separated by a rocky ledge point, and we were dropped on the right hand shore. Not a single person around, but a persistent cat that quite liked Beth's sandwich of breakfast fare from the buffet - it found it before she noticed, while we were rigging. The launching would have been ideal from the left hand beach, but a bit of faffing and we got there. The excitement and nerves of sailing on our own in the middle of nowhere in an offshore wind, with no car or phone was quite addictive. The point swell was not really breaking, but was very enticing, and as the tide went it started to rise a little more over the rocky underwater ledge a bit off the point. After a reasonable sail, which was fully powered up - the wind was really funnelling - I got a bit of a fright when something fairly large and shadowy near me when I was waterstarting made a bit of a splash as it did a rapid descent -I went in for a while and collected some shells (chicken). But our 3 hours were also up, and so I went in to derig and collect the stuff together for the cab. A Frenchman and his family had rocked up in a 4*4 and he went out for a sail, clearly seeing the good time we were having- which made us feel like locals - the first to arrive and catch the wind etc etc. Beth hadn't noticed the cab turn up until the last minute but in the end she came in and we packed in for the day. Returning to the Angulo centre, we found we had the best wind and sailing of everyone, so we were quite chuffed about our little adventure. The beer sessions had a new topic!

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 28/02/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:5.3

Stronger wind today, went out in am on 5.3 84l synchro. OK, but a bit dodgy sometimes. Performance not spectacular. Got v tired, came in for lunch after 1.5 hours. Went out about 3 with 5.9, very choppy, stopped about 4.30, so a long day actually. Made a couple of gybes out of about 150! Gen and Beth went to Calleta Funda which was v offshore and rocky but had a good time.

Diary for beth at Cabo Verde on 01/03/09

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:112 litres
Sail:5.7

zoomed about practicing falling in the water and calling it a flaka, haka, taka shaka laka. It promises to be windy tomorrow.

Diary for Genevieve at Cabo Verde on 01/03/09

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:3 star rating
Board:105 litres
Sail:6.2

The morning session, despite a respectable breeze and lovely bay and day as usual, seems a little dull after the adrenaline rush of the adventure to Caleta Funda. But the word on the beach gives no hint of any other location having waves, and so the risk would be to take a cab and find out with no strong chance of success. The duck gybes get pulled out again. YAY! Even a duck tack. But only one. I think and plan a 360 but never get round to attempt it. The siesta snooze really seems the best thing since sliced bread. The evening session has added excitement as the champ gets out some big race gear - so he isn't just all about waves, but is versatile and thinking of slalom... interesting...

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 01/03/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:104 litres
Sail:5.9

Wind not very strong today, went out about 12, did about an hour on Synchro 104 and 5.9 Duke. Pretty good performance really, managed a couple of duck gybes! Also realised what I'm doing wrong on maneuvres generally - hanging on to the sail! I need to take control and boss it around. Interesting article in Dec 08 Windsurf by Peter Hart, suggesting exactly this, and that it is worth practising gybes etc with feet in straps to ensure total forward commitment. Will try!!

Diary for beth at Cabo Verde on 02/03/09

Fetching water Tanzanian style!
Rating:2 star rating
Board:114 litres
Sail:5.7

Still not much wind but since it was the last day I had to sail. Again just zoomed about trying tack, shaka lakas.

Definitely not the Cape Verde from my l ast visit. No windor waves really, but at least the food was a whole lot better. It was cool hanging out at the Angulo place and meeting Josh again after about 14 years.

Moral of the story never book one week windsurf holidays - must stay at least two weeks.

Diary for Genevieve at Cabo Verde on 02/03/09

my favourite board at the time
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Rating:4 star rating
Board:88 litres
Sail:5.7

Morning session before the airport/plane experience. My favourite way to travel. A bit of a tearjerker to leave just as the wind and waves seem to be building up again...and just to leave paradise and daily warmweather sailing really...The waves are just making it on the point again, and the wind is just tipping round into the good strength and direction. We have a lovely morning and then do the airport dash feeling we can carry the good vibes for a while. Envy and jealousy of the superlucky Adam and John who are staying another week. But my hands, which have lesions where my callouses normally were before the triplets, probably wouldn't last. And my sunburnt feet would start to play havoc with the footstraps. And I would probably have to have a day without sailing, which would ruin my winning streak. So, best to not rebook the return journey. But I seriously thought about it. In any case, Juan would freak out at yet another week of babysitting while I windsurfed my heart out. Have to get round to admitting that I am not quite single and fancyfree but have a few little responsibilities. Anyway, there is always next time.
Goodbye, so long and thanks for all the fish Cabo Verde - you have found a special place in my heart, near to Fuerte and Hawaii and home in oz. And this wasn't even your finest hour. I am sure the photomontage won't do you justice. Except for the photo with the champ, of course.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 02/03/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:2 star rating
Board:104 litres
Sail:5.9

Wind about the same as yesterday, out on newer 104 Synchro and 5.9 Duke - plenty of power but hard to handle really. Two sessions, morning 1.5 hours, not very successful at duck gybes or carving turns in straps. PM session 45mins, really too tired and sunstroked to do well, totally frustrated, nothing working, came in, bah humbug b*ggery b*ll*x.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 04/03/09

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:86 litres
Sail:4.0

Went out in the morning for 1hr on 86l Beast waveboard and 4.0 sail. Big Wind, very gusty, very hard work. Had boom lower than usual, which I now realised was straining my arms more, and not so able to sheet in. Did make a couple of gybes though, to my surprise, the board just scooted round and it worked! Got munched in shorebreak, getting scooted up the beach on my hands which were lacerated on the sharp sand. Fine after that though! Didn't go out in the pm in the interests of being knackered.

 
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