South African kitesurfing popularity is all thanks to the winds, and it takes place everywhere on the coast. But if you’re looking for kitesurfing central, head straight to Cape Town and drive north to Langebaan. And if you don’t know how to kitesurf yet, join a school.

Did you know?

It takes the average student about six lessons or 12 hours to get airborne. 

Kitesurfing in South Africa is concentrated around the coastal areas, stretching from Cape Town, going up to Port Elizabeth and Durban. Surfers go where the waves are strong; kitesurfers follow the wind.

On any summer's day, when the wind blows, motorists line the roads to watch dozens of kitesurfers at play in the sky. When the world's best kitesurfers are in need of practice, this is where they come.

The relatively young sport of kitesurfing is an offshoot of windsurfing – a wind-assisted board-riding experience. Your feet are strapped to a board, you control your arch-shaped kite with two or four strings and remember: you're able to crash-land or de-power your kite anytime by just dropping the lines.

It's possible, if you live in a windy city by the coast, to teach yourself to kitesurf. But if you fancy trying it out in South Africa, you can choose from a number of kitesurfing schools to learn a few skills. The courses generally last up to two days and they can provide all the gear you need. And if you're an experienced kitesurfer looking to enhance your skills the schools can help to take you to the next level.

In Cape Town, much of the kitesurfing crowd can be found in Bloubergstrand. Not only do they practise their sport at Kite Beach, they can also be found socialising in the area's watering holes and restaurants. Even if you're a kite boarder, the good schools offer one-on-one lessons to take you to the next level.

Although Cape Town has some of the best kitesurfing beaches in South Africa, over the past few years the sport has grown in popularity on Durban's beaches and along Port Elizabeth's Sunshine Coast.

There are a number of beaches to choose from to get your kitesurfing fix, so be sure to ask a few locals about the best and safest sites.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Ocean2air Kitesurfing
Tel: +27 (0)31 562 8886/+27 (0)31 562 8886
Email: sales@ocean2air.co.za

Kitesurf School
Tel: +27 (0)82 081 67 04
Email: andries.kitesurfschool@gmail.com

Kitesports
Tel: +27 (0)82 572 4163
Email: info@kitesports.co.za

Windsports Paradise
Tel:+27 (0)82 957 5311/+27 (0)82 804 2996
Email: windsports.co.za@gmail.com

How to get here

Hire a car and drive to any of the beaches around Cape Town or fly directly from any of South Africa's major cities to Port Elizabeth or Durban.

Best time to visit

It's windy year round in Cape Town, however, the best winds hit the coast between October and March.

Around the area

The popular kiteboarding spots are close to local watering holes and restaurants, as well as a short drive away from major city centres.

What will it cost

Prices vary but a two-hour group lesson could cost approximately R495, while a private lesson will set you back around R890.

Length of stay

Take at least a few days to explore the beaches.

What to pack

Sunscreen, comfortable shoes. You can hire kiteboarding equipment from a number of companies.

Where to stay

The popular kiteboarding towns are Bloubergstrand, Langebaan, Jeffrey's Bay, Port Elizabeth, Durban coast.