Kitesurfing Spots around Cape Town

Cape Town is definitely one of the best kiteboarding destinations in the world. Why? Very consistent kitesurfing conditions, many different kitesurfing spots and plenty of other cool activities. Lots of professional kitesurfers come to Cape Town for several months every year to train and Cape Town is home to the most prestigious kitesurfing competition in the world, the Red Bull King of the Air.

The kitesurfing conditions in Cape Town are best from November to April, during the South African summer. In the wind season the prevailing direction is South East (also known as the Cape Doctor) and it is a strong, persistent wind, accompanied by sunny weather. 30 Knots or more is quite normal and it is side-shore from the left for most spots. Bring small kites. The waves are often between 1 and 2 meters, perfect for wave riding and jumping high. Sometimes a bigger swell hits, especially towards the end of the wind season (March – April).

There are many different kite spots around Cape Town. Some are great for waves. Others are really nice flat water spots for learning and freestyle, the most known flatwater spot is Langebaan, we drive there daily with our shuttle for our kitesurf courses.. Check out the map below for more info on the kite spots in the area.

Langebaan

Langebaan and Shark’s Bay are the most famous flat water spots of the Western Cape. Ideal for beginners and for (freestyle) flat water lovers! The scenery is beautiful and even if you are not in to flat water at all, its still worth the drive.  About an hour and a half drive from Blouberg, just follow the R27 and you will be there in no time.  Note: even though Shark’s Bay & Langebaan are next to each other, the conditions can differ a lot. Don’t wait for wind all day on one of the spots. It might blow on the other side of the lagoon! Check both for the best conditions during that day.

Shark Bay

Langebaan and Shark’s Bay are the most famous flat water spots of the Western Cape. Ideal for beginners and for (freestyle) flat water lovers! The scenery is beautiful and even if you are not in to flat water at all, its still worth the drive.  About an hour and a half drive from Blouberg, just follow the R27 and you will be there in no time.  Note: even though Shark’s Bay & Langebaan are next to each other, the conditions can differ a lot. Don’t wait for wind all day on one of the spots. It might blow on the other side of the lagoon! Check both for the best conditions during that day.

Yzerfontijn

Yzerfontein is a bit of a “difficult” kite spot, but when it works, it’s one of the most incredible wavespots of the Western Cape. Experienced riders only. It’s a point break that only goes with a proper W/NW swell. Wind will be pretty gusty, but once on a wave you will have a blast!

Big Bay

Just north from Blouberg, but still more or less connected to Cape Town, you will find Big Bay. Well known for the flat sections between the waves. A favourite for twintip riders, but also a real good wave spot. Big Bay is sheltered due to the shape of the bay, means the waves get really clean.   At Big Bay roughly the following spots: * In front of the life savers club. During season plenty of kite and windsurfers. * A bit more downwind: Karma’s (or Kamers). Beautiful clean lines, perfect wave spot. * North , further upwind: Eerste steen and Derde steen. Two beaches you will come across if you are doing a downwinder from Blouberg to Haakgat. Beatiful beach breaks, waves can get pretty hollow and gnarly overthere.

Blouberg

In Blouberg there are several beaches to choose from. From the south the beaches are as follows: Sunset Beach, Dolphin Beach, Kite Beach and Pancake Point.    * Sunset Beach:  Famous spot for mainly wind surfers. Wind here is usually slightly offshore. If the Cape Doctor is active, this beach is always the first place for the wind to pick up. Also well known as the start for a downwinder for kite surfers. The kite surfers start in Sunset and go downwind to Pancake Point or even all the way to Big Bay or Haakgat. * Dolphin Beach:  Very famous kite surfing spot. Mainly popular amongst kiters riding their twintips. Lots of beginners and intermediate kiters are at Dolphin.
 * Kite Beach: Only a few hundred meters downwind from Dolphin. Like Dolphin, but maybe even more popular. Most known kite spot of Cape Town. Like the name says……. * Pancake Point: Again a few hundred meters downwind from Kite Beach is Pancake Point. No way near as crowded as Dolphin and Kite Beach. And if you are hungry……try one of the delicious pancakes of Frank & Phyl

Scarborough

This is what the “world kite and wind surfing guide” has to say…….. “Another performer in north-westerlies is Misty Cliffs, an extremely powerful reef-break with persistently weak wind on the inside-very dicey in front of a thoroughly rocky coast. No problems launching of the sandy beach of Scarborough though, towards probably this region’s fastest wave. Experts only, and even they shouldn’t get too close to the kelpbeds; fall here and you’ll be washed mercilessly onto the rocks.”

Brandvlei

This spot is about an hour and a half drive from Cape Town, near a place called Worcester. When the South Easter in Cape Town is blowing like a mad scientist…aka the Cape Doctor on steroids, then take a look at the Brandvlei dam. Its a very nice flat water spot in a beautiful scenery.

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WhatsApp works best if you want a quick reply 🙂

Manager: +27 (0) 72 902 7899
Sheree: +27 (0) 84 554 3262
Office: +27 (0) 21 554 6052

Beach Boulevard 68
Table View, Bloubergstrand
Cape Town, South Africa

We are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.