Cape Town has become one of the world's most popular kiteboarding spots. The conditions here are ideal for beginners and for advanced kiters. Depending on the wind and on your skills you can rip between Milnerton and Langebaan! The coast is ideal for downwinders. You can get started in Milnerton and pass all the good spots like Sunset, Shipwreck, Karmas, DerdeSteen and Haagkat and end up in Melkbos: about 30 km of good down-winding await you. The downwind shuttle service can take you back home.
The southeaster which blows here in the South African summer with its persistent four to seven beauforts makes Cape Town a kiters paradise. But even if the wind doesn't come up during the day you can still hope for thermal winds in the evening.
Kitesurfing Spots - Table Bay
Lagoon Beach/River Mouth
The closest spot to the city. Only suitable for kiters. The spot works at southwest to west wind on days when the South Easter is not blowing. Due to the thermal winds you will have 1-2 force more than at other spots between 12:00 to 15:00 and kite with 9-11 m2 kites by onshore wind. It can get quite selective here when the swell is high. Right at the river mouth there is a large beach area for landing and takeoff . Nevertheless, be cautious when the wind is onshore.
Excellent starting point to downwind. Very clean wave but obliquely offshore wind which means that there is little wind in front but a lot when you get out. Be cautious when you take off - the beach is very gusty. Perfect wave riding in clean and long waves. The spot works about an hour earlier than Sunset Beach.
Actually a windsurfing spot. Nevertheless, it is also good for kiting here. Especially on those weak Southeaster days you can have lot's of fun. The "South Easter" sets in about an hour earlier than on the other more northerly spots and also gets stronger earlier. However, one should keep away from the windsurfers or yield to lee. Due to the beach-front buildings you may get quite gusty conditions. A good starting point for a "downwind session" up north. The beach is wide enough for launching and landing. Slightly strained parking situation during the high season.
This spot is situated right at the Dolphin Hotel about 300 meters from the windward kite beach. Secure but little parking. Great beach for launching and landing. More laid back than at kite beach. Can get choppy when there is not much swell.
As the name implies, kite beach is the central spot for riders and for kite schools. Many parking lots, many riders. Great beach for launching and landing. When the swell picks up you can get a big shorebreak with great waves. Toilet facilities are also available. Good shopping and possibilities to chow on the opposite side of the street.
The kite spot is protected by two rocky outcrops. One on the windward side and one in lee. The kitesurf zone is located in Lee. One should stick to it. The best spot is in the lee of the rock on the right anyway. Here you will perfect waves when the swell is good and you do not need to pay attention to wind surfers or surfers. At high tide this spot is also ideal for freestyling as the water then becomes very glassy, flat and smooth. Rigging up is only allowed on the beach in lee. Big bay also works with west and northwesterly winds.
Few people, large sandy beach with plenty of space to rig up. From small to medium-large swell you will have several peaks run here with very fast and hollow waves. Perfect for short, tight bottom turns and unhooked cutbacks.
10 minute drive away from Table View, there is the wide and huge Van Riebeeck beach, locally known as Melkbos. So named after the town right next to the beach. Waves run in sets. For many this is the best spot in the Bay. The wind blows exactly side shore. As the strong wind often only comes in the afternoon you have great conditions and clean waves to kite with your 9er in the mornings. Once the has pushed through you will quickly need your small sized kites (5-7 square meters). The wave will always be about a meter higher than at Sunset. The cleanest lines run at low tide.
Kitesurfing Spots - West Coast
The Langebaan Lagoon is about an hours drive from Cape Town up the west coast. There are three spots in Langebaan. A mere 5 minute drive in direction South out of the town center you will find the best beginner spot called Shark Bay – the bay is named after small flat sharks, which call the stunningly beautiful, shimmering turquoise bay their home. At low tide the water can drain completely and you will stand on dry land with your material. Rigging is not a problem, despite the very narrow beach as you can also rig on the surrounding bushland. A shorty will be just enough. The wind is gusty at times as it comes over land. There are often thermals in Langebaan, even if there is no wind in Cape Town.
The second spot called "Canal" is directly in the town center. Directly across from three nice beach front restaurants where you can park you will find a large sandy beach. However this is a swimming area and at times there are very strong currents between the beach and the island. The advantage of this spot is that you don't need to carry your gear and can go and chow : straight after kiting.
The third spot is located at "Club Mykonos" situated north of town. Actually a windsurfing spot. When the swell becomes large you can can find nice, small but clean waves here.
Kitesurfing Spots - Cape Peninsula
Platboom Beach has a large parking area directly above the beach. A lot of space to rig up. NOTE: there are rocks in the water down and upwind. To surf the super powerful wave you have to cross up 500m. Selective conditions. Only for specialists and wave freaks. By upcoming or dropping Southeaster you can still have good days here. Best wave at low tide.
Perfect reef break which only works from about 3,5 metres. Entry very tricky because as the wind is very gusty and offshore. The wind is ok on the outside. The bigger the wave the better the spot.
Super spot with a beautiful beach, good launching and landing area. With westerly winds and big waves this spot is a dream. Through the slightly offshore winds and the rocks downwind this spot is not for beginners.
"The" spot when the Southeaster doesn't push through in Blouberg properly. Onshore, mostly smaller waves. Plenty of space for launching and landing. Warm water.
Situated on the east side of False Bay opposite Muizenberg. Can be quite nice when the Southeaster is blowing. Warm water.