Kite surfing in Eastern Cape
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.