The aim is to rekindle the incredible competition scene that once existed in the UK that propelled the likes of Hadlow, Crathern, Light, Court, Boulding, Bridge, Wilson, Jones and Whiteley onto the world scene. The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada brand has expanded this year to include potentially world record breaking mass downwinder attempts for charity in Tarifa, Cape Town and, as always, in the UK. Friday will be the first full day of the event on the UK weekends with a massive brands tent, loads of new gear, a cafe, bar, a big screen playing kite films and loads more, including two huge party nights over the weekend. The World Record attempt and 15 mile downwinder will take place on the Saturday or Sunday as usual. Virgin, Volvo and a host of other sponsors are confirmed and Sir Richard has it in his diary. Keep up to speed with all the details at: www.
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Driving north from the city, Sunset Beach is the first spot to benefit from the consistent southeaster Cape Doctor wind system when it kicks in.
Waves feature here and at all the next spots A little further around the bay you come to Dolphin Beach Table View , popularly known as Kite Beach, featuring cross-shore winds in the southeaster. This is a long open stretch of beach covering several kilometres and downwinders from Sunset Beach, along here to Doodles restaurant at the far end of Table View are very popular — this stretch is where the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada broke the world record for the biggest parade of kitesurfers, totalling in February Many riders often carry their downwinder on round a section of rocks to Big Bay.
Teaching all levels, seven days a week, they also have lots of demo gear on offer and a shop stacked with Best and Dakine gear. Surf, SUP rentals and demo days also run. Languages spoken by instructors: English and Afrikaans. Lessons run all year for all levels, beginners to high wind ripping. As importers of Cabrinha and RRD expect the full range of new and second hand gear, including a massive range to demo too across their three stores.
Accessories, spares and repairs always onhand and a big team in the shop. A lot of luxury residential development can now be found here too, and this is a hugely popular kite spot as there are more facilities here to keep the family amused while you kite.
Melkbosstrand Melkbos requires a little further drive to get to along the coast, but works when other spots to the south are getting blown out. The beach at Melkbos is huge with more cross-shore winds and beach-break conditions. Flat water can be found, most notably at Langebaan 90 minutes up the road with warmer water, too!
South of the city down the west side of the Cape are some world class wave spots, such as Misty Cliffs, Scarborough and Cape Point, but some serious experience is required to ride here. Head east from there along the Garden Route and the Indian Ocean is much warmer. Far too many spots along there too to begin mentioning those! The advanced instructors will push your wave riding skills to the next level and you can also view their free wave kitesurfing video tutorials on their website.
They also offer two week crash courses for beginners, taking you from zero to hero as well as freeride downwind camps for the less experienced that want some hand holding and supervision. Languages spoken by instructors: English and German www. Kite Kahunas also run a luxury guest house in Sunset Beach as well as having a shopfront in the centre of Blouberg on the seafront selling Slingshot gear in the Boardhouse Bar.
Liquid Force offer accommodation in their Sandyshores guest house with three private selfcatering apartments, a double room with ensuite, backpackers rooms, communal pool and barbeque area. Kitesurfing courses, guidance, pro clinics with the likes of Best riders Youri Zoon, Lewis Crathern, Hannah Whiteley and more as well as full service travel packages.
They run lessons for all levels everyday throughout the season at a max , they have gear to rent or buy and they offer accommodation packages. Importers of F-One and Mystic, dealers of Airush they stock complete ranges of gear, offer second hand sales, lessons and demos on all gear.
Massive range carried and also specialise in Naish SUP, tournament waterskiing, wakeboarding and importers of Bern helmets. Also dealers of WOO, Core, Slingshot, Peter Lynn, Mystic, Xcel, GoPro and Thule, they run lessons for all levels normally one to one , rent out lots of gear and also have two apartments that they rent out to kitesurfers. Advice and more at: www. The dining experience is fantastic for a fraction of the cost that the equivalent meal would be back home.
Well developed, there are shopping centres and supermarkets in Table View and Big Bay. Getting around the area is easy and, while a hire car is certainly advised to make the most of all the spots, the MyCiti bus network will take you in and around the city. We use Acker Rentals www.
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