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Monte Leão

Monte Leão

Sal Island, Cape Verde


Monte Leão is generally a surf spot, but when the wind comes from the NE it transforms into a good windsurfing spot. It’s named after the big mountain which is just behind the beach, which has magnificent views. It requires a medium or large swell from the NW to work. It’s located south of the mountain and because of this the wind is slightly gusty, but it means the waves don’t get ruined and it can produce perfect rights which are very long. The bay is also a popular place for freeriding when the conditions are right with transparent flat water. On the other side of the mountain, towards the north, you’ll find Alibaba and Curral Joul is a few more kilometres further north.


It works with NE wind but also needs a medium to large NW swell. The wind is slightly gusty as it’s located on the south side of the mountain, but this location helps to produce very long, perfect rights. The bay is also a freeriding spot when the conditions are suitable.
Optimal Conditions
  • Type
  • Wind
  • Tide
    Low, mid
  • Swell
  • Bottom
    Sand, rocks
  • Size
    2 to 10 ft
  • Time of year
    January, February, March, April, May, June, November, December
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