Kitesurfing in South Africa
Kitesurfing in South Africa - find your perfect Kite Spot
Big Bay Kite Spot offers big clean waves and pumping wind for more experienced kitesurfers, which is why the yearly Red Bull King of the Air competition was originally held there before it moved up the road to kite beach. It’s also a popular spot for surfers and windsurfers so it can get quite busy, but on perfect days it doesn’t get much better than kitesurfing at Big Bay. There is a promenade with cafes, bars and kite shops, and a grassy green overlooking the beach itself which is a great place to sit and watch the pros even if you aren’t out kiteboarding yourself.
Big Bay is only an hour or so from Cape Town, ‘The Mother City’, and South Africa offers a whole lot more than just kitesurfing, which is why kitesurfers from around the world descend here in large numbers from December until March every year.
Sunset Beach is popular for kitesurfing between November and March, with the most consistent wind coming between December and February. During these months you can expect between 10-40 knots depending on the day, so keep your eyes on the forecast, and watch for the table cloth (the clouds) over Table Mountain. The wind here generally starts a little lighter in the morning and then picks up a little later, so morning kite sessions tend to be more relaxing, while afternoon it gets busier and the kitesurfing conditions get more hardcore.
The beach is wide and sandy regardless of the tide, and the waves are generally small to medium in the morning, maybe getting a bit larger in the afternoon. When the wind gets really strong the waves can become a bit of a mess, and the spots further downwind might be a better option.
Welcome to Melkbos Kite Spot, an exhilarating kitesurfing destination located about 10-15km from Dolphin Beach in Melkbosstrand, South Africa. Known for its consistent winds and fantastic wave riding conditions, this spot attracts both locals and tourists seeking thrilling kitesurfing adventures. This guide provides valuable information about the wind conditions, beach characteristics, riding styles, and important considerations to make the most of your experience.
One of the best known spots in all of kitesurfing, Bloubergstrand is kiteboarding heaven if you want to boost monster jumps and kiteloops, or shred some amazing waves with your kite and enjoy endless downwinders. The wind on Bloubergstrand in the season is strong and the waves can get really big, so it’s definitely a spot more suited to kitesurfers with some experience. With Cape Town a short drive away, a beautiful spot with Table Mountain for a backdrop, and amazing food and drink on offer there are several very good reasons this place fills with kiteboarders during the South African summer. Bloubergstrand is also a fantastic spot for family holidays, as South Africa offers so much variety other than just kitesurfing.
Hermanus, a coastal town in South Africa's Western Cape province, has increasingly become a sought-after destination for kitesurfing. This burgeoning interest is primarily driven by the area's optimal wind conditions and the diversity of kiting spots it offers, including the Klein River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. Historically, Hermanus has been renowned for its whale watching, but its natural beauty and favorable wind patterns have also made it a hub for water sports, especially kitesurfing.
Langebaan Main Beach offers some fun bump and jump kiteboarding conditions in the lagoon with flat water further out behind the island. The water here is generally warmer than the Blouberg/Cape Town kite spots just up the coast, and the wind is a little lighter for the most part making it ideal for beginners and improving kitesurfers.
Langebaan town is a bustling little place with a load of accommodation options, various restaurants, beach bars, supermarkets and everything a kitesurfer could want for a perfect kite trip. The wind will either work here or at the nearby Shark bay (not the dangerous kind) and mixing the two up in one day can be a lot of fun. Most of the local kite schools offer lessons here on Main Beach so be aware of any beginners when entering and exiting the water.
Shark Bay (don’t worry, no dangerous sharks) near Langebaan is a great spot to learn kitesurfing or for more advanced riders to practice their freestyle. The water is mainly waist to chest deep here and at low tide there are various sand bars which create mini flat water kitesurfing spots that are perfect for practicing tricks. It’s a popular spot among freeride kiters and there are also various kite schools who operate here, so it can get really busy on the beach. Luckily there is a big area to kitesurf in if you don’t care about having the flattest water or showing off to the spectators on the beach, and kiting a bit further upwind or out into the bay will give you plenty of room.
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