Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing - South Africa
Kiteboarding is an action sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. There are different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride, speed, course racing, wakestyle, big air, park, and surfing. KITEBOARDING SPOTS KITE BEACH in Table view Home to the Extreme big-air kiteboarding contest which is held every year during January and February. DERDESTEEN A five-minute drive downwind from Big Bay is one of my favourite spots. Meaning 'third stone', make sure your keep your eyes open for the rocks underwater. I very often surf or SUP here, but when the wind kicks in the wave is great to kite. As a beach break, it's very shifty and changes quickly with the tide. On a good day you'll find very powerful, hollow waves and if you're lucky you might even get barrelled. HAAKGAT Three kilometres downwind from Big Bay, this is my go-to regular wave spot. It can pretty much handle any size swell and although it gets pretty bumpy on the windy days, if you time it just right the wave will give you a long ride from the point all the way in to the beach. MISTY CLIFFS/WITSAND On a NW wind it comes straight over the mountains, so it can be gusty, but the waves can be really nice. This coast also picks up more swell than Big Bay as it's more open to the ocean. Be careful to not crash your kite here in a NW as it will end up on the rocks. It's a little safer in a SE wind as your kite or board will just land on the beach, but the waves aren't quite as clean. Also keep an eye out for the sharkies because they like this spot, too. PLATBOOM (Cape Point) Located within Table Mountain National Park, you have to pay to kite, but once you are in, it's worth every penny. The surroundings are picture perfect. There is a little beach to launch your kite but beware of the rocks; this is definitely not a spot for beginners. Working best in a SE wind and a SW swell, it will pick up the most swell in the area as it's located at the most SW point of the African continent. WITSAND (Breede River) Although quite a drive (3.5 - 4 hours), it's like a dream spot. The water is as flat as it gets as the wind blows over a sandbar in the SE wind, so is perfect for freestyle. It's also very easy to kite here and a good place to learn some new tricks, but don't lie in the water for too long because the sharks like this spot, too.