“Preá is our overseas shelter, our second home, our haven of peace. There is something to do for everyone, and we love when we manage to be in the water all together.”
Over the years, Mitu has always enjoyed sharing his passion for kitesurfing with as many people as possible. Recently retired from competition, he has since been traveling around the world to coach clinics and fellow riders. However, what he loves most is spending time on the water with his family and passing on his passion to his sons.Mitu Monteiro and his wife Nicole have been traveling to Brazil for nearly 10 years, but this latest trip to Preá was their first as a family of five. A kitesurfer’s paradise, the couple knows this small town inside out. The hours blend in together as the family enjoys everything the area has to offer.
Mitu Monteiro and his wife Nicole have been traveling to Brazil for nearly 10 years, but this latest trip to Preá was their first as a family of five.
A kitesurfer’s paradise, the couple knows this small town inside out. The hours blend in together as the family enjoys everything the area has to offer.
Their sons Michael, Matthew and Malakai are free to roam. All five of them live barefoot for weeks,
following the rhythm of the wind and waves, refocusing on the essential: their family, the ocean, and the pure sensation of riding waves.
Michael, 10, takes after his father. A well-rounded and committed athlete, he is already recognized as an up-and-coming surfer and has tackled massive swells in Ponta Preta.
When Mitu is not coaching him, the young boy enjoys challenging his dad on the water in a trick competition during a strapless freestyle session or teaming up together to try the latest crazy idea he could think of.
Matthew, 5, is the family’s manager, eager to organize everything. Calm and collected, he always asks his parents deep and meaningful questions about the world around him.
Mitu is already teaching him the ropes of kitesurfing, and he will likely join the family on the water next year.
Malakai is only 2 but appears already poised to be as much of a daredevil as his father. Seemingly fearless, the youngest boy of the Monteiro clan
has already gone kiting with his dad or bodysurfing alongside his brothers, naturally always accompanied by one of his parents.
For Nicole, seeing her three boys enjoy the water just as much as she and Mitu is priceless. An experienced kitesurfer herself, she dreams of sharing a downwind along
her beloved Brazilian coast with her husband and three kids down the road. For now, she’s happy to try out wing foiling with Mitu, and to watch her children connect deeply with the water.
Naturally, going on a holiday and traveling from Cape Verde to Brazil with three boys under 10 wasn’t necessarily what most would call relaxing. However, it is all worth it for Nicole and Mitu
to show their sons one of their favorite places in the world and to enjoy perfect conditions, the surrounding nature, and a slower pace of life.