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Kite surfing in Eastern Cape

Updated on December 23, 2012
Hikers along the Strandloper trail
Hikers along the Strandloper trail | Source
Gill preparing her Kite
Gill preparing her Kite
Ready to fly
Ready to fly
The wind is up and the kiters are out
The wind is up and the kiters are out
Like puppets on a string
Like puppets on a string
Like a bird in the sky
Like a bird in the sky
Catch a wave
Catch a wave


Summer time in Eastern Cape- kitesurfing.


When the schools close for the Summer Holidays the beach is one of the options for holiday makers. If you decide to go to the beach there are many options. You can laze in a deckchair, swim in the surf, cast a line into the water, hike along the coast, or if you are braver, more adventurous and fitter, you can try your hand at one of the more exciting activities such as paddling, surfing or kitesurfing.


To kite surf the Easterly Wind needs to be blowing at over 15 knots. As the wind picks up at about eleven in the morning the exponents of this sport start arriving. Unpacking their beautiful, colorful kites they pump air into the air pockets that support the kite. After connecting the long cords to the kite and to themselves they lift the kite into the wind. Stand on their boards in the shallows the kite and wind whip them away into the surf and out to sea.


The more skilled kite surfers do a variety of jumps and turns as they dangle like crazy puppets on a string. As the wind continues to blow harder the surf is filled with a colorful display of kites with each exponent racing this way and that to make the most of the wind and surf. It looks like great fun but like the hikers who stop to watch in amazement I can only dream of racing across the water and flying high in the sky like a bird.


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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Now that sounds like fun. I would try that in a heartbeat!

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      All you need is to come and visit, we will arrange lessons and do some great birding.

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