Cape Town Kiteboarding - Endless Wind, Sunny beaches
Cape Town kiteboarding beaches are amongst the most spectacular in the world. The Peninsula that makes up the unique coastline around Cape Town has beaches that face every compass direction. A good kiteboarding beach with wind and waves can be found at any time.
Cape Town - KiteFacts: Best winds: October - March Water Temp: Full wetsuit Water Type: Mostly Waves Weather: Sunny - warm to hot Nightlife: Yes - restaurants and clubs
October to March is the summer warm Windy Season and its very reliable. It usually blows upwards of 15knots on a light day to some strong 30-35knots. And this can be 24hours a day.
When you arrive at Cape Town international airport, definitely rent a car because you'll have options of where you want to kite.
Cape Town Kiteboarding Beaches
We'll separate the kite beaches for Cape Town kiteboarding into the North and South Peninsula mainly on the Atlantic Ocean side (West side). These Beaches are to the north and south of Cape Town city center. A basic map of the Cape Peninsula will get you easily to them, as they are relatively close to each other.
Kite beaches on the North Peninsula tend to cater more for the beginner and intermediate kiteboarder with the exception of Hakgat and few others which are for the experienced kiteboarder. But that's not to say you won't see the experienced kiteboarder and pro ripping up waves or pulling huge airs at places like Blouberg or Sunset Beach.
On the South Peninsula Cape Town kiteboarding beaches are for the more experienced kiteboarder. Generally this area has the best (but more risky spots) to kite along the Atlantic Ocean Side.
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North Peninsula Kiteboarding Beaches
Side-Shore south easterly winds of the summer (May to October) make for good conditions on beaches north of Cape Town city center - The Tableview area. Here are some great options:
Sunset beach is a great beach for meeting kiters and windsurfers - local and international, who are chasing sunny weather, the strong 'south easter' and waves when in Cape Town kiteboarding.
Sunset is often best in the mornings with the side-shore south easter as the wind gets very strong here through the day. Sunset is definitely the most consistently windy spot in Cape Town. Blouberg (below) is a better option if you're not into really strong winds.
Dolphin Beach is known by locals as 'kitebeach' - its the place where you pull your moves and show what you can do! Its as good as any world class location so it does get crowded. But since the beach is long you can move downwind a little and enjoy a bit more space. This is also a good place for beginners to start out downwind. You can kite safely and to have to worry about drifting into experienced kiters.
Blouberg - Big Bay also with side shore south easter winds is also great for kiting in small to medium waves. The wind tends to be lighter here than at Sunset and Dolphin Beach. To the north side of the rocks there are often good left and right waves which make for some exciting kitesurfing.Also enjoy the 'post session' with relaxing sun-downers at bars in the area overlooking the views of the sun set and Table mountain.
Here's some footage of Rueben Len10 hitting a lot of spots in and around Cape Town - especially in the Sunset, Tableview and Blouberg area.
For all of these spots, the local kite shops are well-stocked and will help with directions to kite spots. Local kiteboarders are also always happy to lend a hand.
A Wetsuit is needed for kiteboarding Cape Town. Water temps are a little chilly at around 12 to 18 degrees C , a full 4,3 or 3,2 suit will do you fine both in summer and winter. If you don't bring one with you wetsuits are everywhere in Cape Town. So is the opportunity to get advise from one of many kiteshops scattered around the Peninsula.
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With the view of Table Mountain to soak in you while you're kiting - be sure to do a trip up to the top of in the cable car - its definitely not to be missed when in Cape Town kiteboarding.
South Peninsula Kiteboarding Beaches Wind South Easter
Traveling down the south Peninsula Atlantic side - apart from spending time on the spectacular beaches,and taking in breath-taking views and catching some surf, there are numerous spots to choose from depending on your level of experience .
Witsands is South of Kommetjie and the well known surf beach, Long Beach. It's a great spot for the riders of all levels. The south easterly is a side on-shore so you end up on the beach if anything goes wrong. Crayfish Factory out on the point is an option on big south swells but definitely for the hardcore bigwave rider.
Misty cliffs is a beautiful setting with majestic cliffs dropping into the ocean and is good for experienced waveriding.
Scarborough is a stunning beach bordering onto the Cape Point Nature Reserve, although there is no access into the park here. Scarborough is a great place for waveriding but can get gusty. On good swells there can be some exciting surf off the left hander point.
Moving futher south on the Peninsula, you will come to Cape Point Nature Reserve. The most Southern and Western point of Africa.
Platboom beach has a similar setup to Witsands and must be mentioned as part of Cape Town kiteboarding. This spectacular beach is in Cape Point Nature Reserve still on the Atlantic ocean (West side) of the Peninsula - the drive into this reserve and entrance fee is absolutely worth it.
Cape Point (the Cape of Good Hope) is an incredible land-mark and is supposedly the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans - definitely worth the drive - about 70kms of scenic sensations south from Cape Town city centre.
Cape Point with Table Mountain in the far distance
The False Bay Side (South Peninsula)
The 'False bay' east side of the peninsula is more protected and has smaller surf than the Atlantic side. Beaches on this side are mostly onshore to cross onshore in the summer south easterly wind. Check out Fish Hoek just north of Simonstown and anywhere you see locals riding. Have a chat, they are happy to give tourists information on spots to check out for kiteboarding.
Further around into False bay you'll reach the endless sandy beach and beginnner surf spot starting at Muizenberg corner. There are options further down this beach for kitesurfing in the cross onshore south easter, although generally the Atlantic side is your best option.
There is so much to do when in Cape Town kiteboarding that you will never want to leave this city.
-On days without wind - hit the cable park about a 45 minute drive out past the airport towards Strand on the N2. -Great restaurants are everywhere in Cape Town - enjoy them at very good prices.-Take a trip out to Robben Island and see some of South Africa's dark past where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner for over 17 years. With the way South Africans have embraced the positive change in their country, this is now an interesting and real experience of South Africa's history. -With the wines from South Africa being so good, take a wine route tour through the winelands of Stellenbosch, Franchoek and Paarl. -Table mountain - go to the top - the view is insane! -Visit a local wildlife game park. -Head for Cape Point. -Visit the penguins at nearby Boulders Beach. -Check out 'Green Market Square' in the central downtown .-Sundowners in Camps bay...
Cape Town Kiteboarding: The Kitespots around Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula.
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Beautiful Cape Town We went on our honeymoon in March and spent 2 weeks in Cape Town. The wind was really consistent (almost too strong) at kitebeach, blouberg and langebaan. …