Kitesurfing in Cape Town

Numerous spots at the doorstep of a buzzing city

Cape Town

is probably one the most beautiful cities in the world. Its breathtaking landscape with Table Mountain embedding the city, is just spectacular. It has stunning beaches and a rich wild life. Apart from its beautiful natural surroundings, Cape Town “the Rainbow Nation” has an incredible mixture of cultures and ethnic groups which makes the city even more attractive and interesting. It’s a lively city, day or night, with a truly creative entreprenurial nature which has inspired the town’s bars, restaurants, markets and shops justifying Cape Town’s ranking as one of the top ten cities in the world.

Kitesurfing in Cape Town is varied and apt for all levels. In order to kitesurf you have to travel to the nearby Blouberg district, to Big Bay or to Haakgat, where the southeasterly wind known as the “Cape Doctor” or as “die Kaapse dokter” in Afrikaans, hits the bay strongly and constantly practically every day during season.

Kitesurfing Cape Town

Wind (Knots)

High season – October – March ➔ 25 kn – 45 kn

Probability of wind – 95%

Low season – April – September ➔ 10 kn – 20 kn

Probability of wind – 45%

Kitesurfing Cape Town

Kite size

Men (take 2 sizes)

7 & 9 depending on weight

Women (take 2 sizes)

5 & 8 depending on weight

Kitesurfing Cape Town

Weather

Air temperature

22˚C – 35˚C high season

Water temperature

14˚C – 20˚C high season

Kitesurfing Cape Town
Kitesurfing Cape Town
Kitesurfing Cape Town

Spot characteristics

Blouberg also known as Table view, offers spectacular views of Table Mountain and Cape Town’s city centre. It’s around this area where you’ll find most of the kitesurfers and windsurfers spread out along the numerous spots along Table Bay. Just 15 km away from Cape Town, Table Bay’s southeasterly winds start to blow beginning of October until March and the conditions here are exceptional. The spots here from East to West are the following:

– Lagoon Beach: This is the first spot we see when we come from Cape Town. This spot is formed by the rivermouth of the river Milnerton which offers a space of flat and shallow waters. In the open sea we find small to medium waves with flat water inbetween.

– Sunset Beach: This is a large beach with small sand dunes behind it. Here the southeasterly wind is strong and constant during the season. It can start to blow a bit earlier than in other spots more to the west. It’s a spot more frequently visited by windsufers but is becoming increasingly popular for us kitesurfers due to the wind that blows almost side-off-shore from time to time, with good flat water conditions and fun kickers, perfect for freestyle and big airs. This spot is also the point of departure for many downwinds going to Pancake Point, Big bay or even Haakgat.

– Dolphin Beach: During high season this is one of the most crowded spots as the majority of kite schools teach here, therefore any given day during January or February you could easily count 150 kites in the air. Nevertheless, this remains a fantastic spot for getting into waveriding or improving the technique as waves here are between 1 to 3 metres. Watch out during for other kiters during sundown as its becomes pretty difficult to spot them with the intense bright light.

– Kite Beach: This spot is just a few hundred metres downwind from Dolphin Beach. It’s also a very popular spot where you can find many pro-riders training. Conditions here are practically the same as in Dolphin Beach, so just see where it’s less crowded and go into the water.

– Doodle Beachfront: This spot is perfect for waveriding as it’s normally less crowded that in Dolphin Beach or Kite Beach and the conditions are just as good. Many downwinds coming from Sunset Beach tend to finish at this point.

Continuing the coastline towards the northwest from Doodle Beachfront, we get to Big Bay, a small bay with rocks on both sides of its entrance where neastly organised waves form leaving perfect flat water in between them. This spot is well suited both for freestylers and waveriders. When the Cape Doctor does his thing here, it’s a perfect spot for big airs. It’s no coincidence that the Red Bull King of the Air has been held here since 2013 bringing together not only the best riders on the planet but also kitesurfers from all corners of the world. One thing’s for sure, this place is the core of pure adrenaline!

A bit further downwind we find Karma’s (or Kamers), a spot with a nice series of organised and clean waves.

On the opposite side, upwind from Big Bay, the beaches of Eerste and Derde Steen offer a powerful beach break where it can get quite gnarly. Only for advanced riders!

Haakgat is Cape Town’s most famous spot for waveriding. It’s located a few kilometres downwind from Big Bay and it’s where some of the downwinds coming from Sunset or Dolphin beach finish.

It’s a spot only suitable for advanced riders, mainly when the swell is big as waves can get pretty big and gnarly.

  • Spot for beginner kiters 80% 80%
  • Spot for experienced kiters 100% 100%
  • Freeride 100% 100%
  • Kitewave 100% 100%
  • Freestyle 80% 80%
Kitesurf Cape Town
Kitesurf Cape Town
Kitesurf Cape Town

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Blouberg - Lagoon Beach

This is the first spot we see when we come from Cape Town.

Blouberg - Sunset Beach

This is a large beach with small sand dunes.

Blouberg - Dolphin Beach

During high season this is one of the most crowded spots where most kite schools are based.

Blouberg - Kite Beach

This spot is just a few hundred metres downwind from Dolphin Beach.

Big Bay

A small bay with rocks on either side of the entrance, in which neatly organised waves shape leaving perfect flat water inbetween them.

Haakgat

This is Cape Town’s most famous spot for waveriding.

Blouberg - Lagoon Beach

This is the first spot we see when we come from Cape Town.

Blouberg - Sunset Beach

This is a large beach with small sand dunes.

Blouberg - Dolphin Beach

During high season this is one of the most crowded spots where most kite schools are based.

Blouberg - Kite Beach

This spot is just a few hundred metres downwind from Dolphin Beach.

Big Bay

A small bay with rocks on either side of the entrance, in which neatly organised waves shape leaving perfect flat water inbetween them.

Haakgat

This is Cape Town’s most famous spot for waveriding.

Requierements to enter the country

To enter the country you will need a valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry. Normally with this you’re granted a tourist visa valid for up to 90 days.

Nevertheless we advise you to contact the embassy of or consulate of your home country should you be in doubt about the requirements necessary to enter South Africa.

Local Currency

The South African currency is called Rand (R) and we advise you to check the exchange rates when exchanging your money.

Food & drinks

The South African cuisine is richly varied thanks to the influence of both native and foreign cultures. It considered as one of the best culinary countries worldwide with one of the highest quality / price ratio. Finally, the fruits vary depending on the region but every breakfast offers a wide selection of fruits and juices according to the season.

Internet Connection & Plugs

Every guest house that we work with offers a high speed wifi connection. The plugs have a three rounded pin, therefore we advise you to take your own adator in case your hotel doesn’t have enough of them.

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