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Hermanus Kitesurf Spot in Western Cape

Africa Kiteboard Spot in South Africa

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.

Hermanus Kitesurf season

Hermanus Kitesurfing wind conditions

In Hermanus, kitesurfers can enjoy a variety of wind conditions suitable for different skill levels. The prevalent winds are the Southeast (SE) and Southwest (SW) winds. The SE winds are steady and can reach speeds of up to 25 knots, offering ideal conditions for both beginners and advanced kitesurfers. In contrast, the SW winds in the lagoon can be gusty, but they are perfect for wave riding.

The water conditions in Hermanus vary between flat waters, particularly in the lagoon, and medium-sized waves in the open sea, which are excellent for honing wave riding skills. The flat water conditions in the lagoon are especially beneficial for beginners, providing a safe and controlled environment for learning and practicing.

The reliability of the wind in Hermanus varies across the year. During the low season, from April to September, the wind strength tends to range between 10 to 18 knots with a probability of around 45%. The high season, on the other hand, witnesses stronger and more consistent winds, conducive to a more challenging and exhilarating kitesurfing experience.

Kitesurfers in Hermanus usually find the wind starting to pick up later in the day, offering ample time for preparation and enjoying the beach before kiting.

  • body wear

    • long neo
  • downwinder

    • No
  • ride type

    • freeride
    • freestyle
    • wakestyle
  • skill level

    • beginner
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • professional
  • spot type

    • lagoon
    • ocean
  • starting area

    • sandy beach
  • water condition

    • choppy
    • small wave
  • wind daytime

    • in the afternoon
    • midday
  • wind type

    • spotTags.value.windType.Trade Winds

Impressions

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Wind Stats for Hermanus Kiteboarding

Around the Kiteboarding Spot Hermanus

Hermanus, beyond being a kitesurfing haven, is also famous for its natural attractions and cultural experiences. The town is known for its Southern Right Whale watching opportunities, making it a popular tourist destination. For those interested in exploring local culture and history, Hermanus offers various historical sites and local markets.

The area boasts a range of dining options, from casual beachside eateries to more upscale restaurants, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences. The presence of local markets and shopping areas also adds to the charm, providing visitors with a chance to explore local crafts and produce.

  • camper parking

    • Only by day
  • car parking

    • At the spot
  • emergency

    • A medical center
  • has restaurant

    • Yes
  • has toilet

    • No
  • has shower

    • No

How to get to Hermanus and how to bring it about while you're there

Hermanus is located approximately 127 kilometers from Cape Town, making it easily accessible by road. Public transportation options are available, but renting a car might offer more flexibility and convenience, especially for transporting kitesurfing gear. The town itself is relatively easy to navigate, with most kite spots, restaurants, and tourist attractions being within a short driving distance.

  • accommodation

    • near the spot
  • public transport

    • Mellow
  • rental cars

    • Recommended

Notice

Kitesurfers should be aware of any marine life in the area, especially during whale watching season, to ensure a safe and respectful distance is maintained.

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Wind Forecast for Hermanus Kitesurfing

FAQs

Hermanus offers both a lagoon and open sea spots. The lagoon provides flat water conditions ideal for beginners, while the open sea has medium-sized waves suitable for improving wave riding techniques.

Kiteboarding Spots around Western Cape

Low tide at Langebaan
South Africa - Langebaan Main Beach

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.

View from terrace  over shark bay at sunset.
South Africa - Shark Bay

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.

View from parking in Blouberg strand to table top mountain with 1 single kiter riding. Nice sunny weather with no Clouds.
South Africa - Bloubergstrand

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.