Kite surfing in Cape Town

Kite surfer. Photo courtesy Leif Sobremonte

Just 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town’s City Centre you’ll find beautiful Bloubergstrand which lies on the West Coast of Table Bay. Blouberg Beach, also known as Bloubergstrand and Blaauwberg Beach, known for its picture-postcard views of Cape Town and Table Mountain, is renowned for its kite surfing.

Blouberg:

Driven by the Cape’s south-easter winds, Bloubergstrand’s most popular pastime is Kitesurfing. With a wide, spacious beach (Dolphin Beach, a perfect launch pad), 10 - 30 knot winds and unbelievable views of Table Mountain it’s not surprising that this place attracts foreign visitors year round for kite surfing safaris. The main beach, Big Bay, hosts highly rated surfing contests every year.

If you’re not out there defying gravity, or trying to perfect a forward loop grab as they say in kite surfing speak, the beachfront promenade has a wide variety of restaurants and cocktail bars with inspiring views of Table Mountain and Robben Island.

False Bay:

On the north-western end of False Bay, on the Cape Peninsula lies Muizenberg Beach. Stretching eastwards for 35 km, it encompasses Sunrise Beach, a short walk away, fast becoming the most visited Kitesurfing spot next to Blouberg. Sunrise beach is a mecca for Kitesurfing and one of the easiest beaches to access and learn on with safe conditions and consistant on shore winds. Where Bloubergstrand is especially great for 'downwinders', Sunrise is ideal for strapless and free style kiting while being an excellent spot for beginners.

With shelter from the wind, it's one of Cape Town's most attractive, safest swimming beaches, and has a lively atmosphere, with old and young gathering to surf and swim. In summer, sea temperatures are around 20 degrees. In winter, the water is around 7 degrees colder but the swell larger. Of all the False Bay beaches, Muizenberg has the longest break in the Cape Peninsula - a wave that is rideable for approximately 1,5 km. It is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa.

Learn to kite surf:

Leading the way in Muizenberg is Surfstore Africa, Cape Town's Premier Watersport School, offering the highest standards of Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddling (S.U.P.), Surfing and Kite Buggy lessons every day, 365 days a year.

From August to November, the 1,5 km boardwalk from Muizenberg Beach to St. James Beach is ideal for land-based sightings of Southern Right whales en route to their mating grounds. Most of the year Bottle-nosed dolphins, and, further off-shore, Bryde's whales can be spotted.

Aside from the multitude of world class restaurants with incredible postionson at the edge of the sea, Kalk Bay is also home to the famous surf spot named "Kalk Bay Reef", renowned for heavy barrels and the associated shallow reef. Kalk Bay is home to some of Cape Towns most institutional restaurants, amongst them The Brass Bell, Harbour House and Olympia Cafe.

False Bay is a haven of activities with numerous world class charter companies that offer everything day tours to Seal Island, one of the main breeding sites for the Cape Fur Seal , which also attracts some of the worlds largest recorded Great White sharks, which is why it is one of the worlds premier spots for Cage Diving. Cape Point sight seeing cruises, deep sea fishing expeditions, yachting, scuba diving, yachting and kayaking are amongst the many activities that one can explore.

The video below provides an idea of the conditions kite surfers can enjoy at Blaauwberg Beach.

Did you know?

Fought on the Blaauwberg beach near Cape Town in 1806, the Battle of Blaauwberg saw the British beat the Dutch, and subsequently establish British rule in South Africa for the second time.

  • Phone: +27 (0)21 521 1080
  • Physical Address: 1 Marine Drive, Blaauwberg

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