If you are a kitesurfing enthusiast, you will not miss your chance of 15 knots upwards wind blows lasting sometimes for 24 hours! During the windy summer season, kitesurfing gets to its best. Although conditions are generally best from October to March, you can enjoy kitesurfing in Cape Town year-round, as long as the wind conditions are right.
Kitesurfing and kiteboarding enjoy growing popularity, especially after the Red Bull King of the Air competition moved to Cape Town in 2013 and has been held here ever since. The abundance of kitesurfing schools and equipment rentals makes it easy to pick a suitable spot and hit the waves. Kitesurfers and windsurfers flock to Cape Town beaches from October to March. However, the best wind blows from November to late February. Unfortunately, the water is always cold in Cape Town, so a wetsuit is needed for surfers at any season.
Cape Town boasts over 30 beaches to choose from. Bloubergstrand with its postcard view over Table Mountain and Muizenberg on the False Bay coast are two most popular spots for kiters. Blouberg’s Big Bay is perhaps the most famous location known for its beautiful combo waves and a great view of Table Mountain. Facilities are available at Sunset Beach, Dolphin Beach, Kite Beach, and if you move north, at Haakgat and Melkbos beaches.
For beginner kitesurfers, Langebaan’s lagoon, which is about a one-hour drive from Blouberg, on the Cape West Coast is the best option. The wind picks up there at about noon, creating perfect conditions for kites. The lagoon is a sanctuary and is a part of the West Coast National Park. Equipment is available for rent at Cape Sports Center.