It takes more than wind to find an ideal kite surfing spot. Granted, that’s a big part of it, but there are other factors to consider, like how flat, choppy, or wavy the water is, the weather (other than the wind conditions, of course), and location’s overall vibe. Sure, if you have your own kite, board, and harness, you can go kite surfing at a place close and convenient to you — may it be a lake or your local beach — but if you’re looking for that unforgettable experience all you need is a will, a way, and some wind. So if you want those perfect wind conditions in shallow flat crystal clear water, drive through the West Coast national park and discover the beauty of Sharkbay.
Don’t be put off by the name, although it does spell doom, beautiful Sharkbay in Langebaan got its name from its numerous and harmless sand-sharks, not the greater and whiter variety, never the less It’s amazing and my personal best spot and I want to share with all of you.
What you can expect visiting Sharkbay
- South Easterly Side onshore 15 – 25 knots consistent winds throughout summer / mid October – mid April.
- Warm water 18 deg plus.
- Flat-water ideal for the beginner kitesurfer.
- Shallow water at which you can stand for up to 500 meters distance before you reach the channel.
- No sharks see urchins, rocks or other obstacles but white soft sand with the odd sand shark on which you might stand.
Note: Even though Sharkbay & Langebaan are next to each other, the conditions can differ with 5 – 10 knots more wind at main beach. Kitelab`s advices don’t wait for wind all day on one of the spot. It might blow on the other side of the lagoon! Check both for the best conditions.
How to get there from Cape Town:
Big Bay Bloubergstrand, carry on driving north (with the sea on your left) past Melkbosstrand. At the intersection with the R27, turn left, driving to Velddrif. Just follow this road for about 60 kms, past Yzerfontein, past the West Coast National Park entrance, until you reach the Langebaan turn off turn left here and then follow the road in to the town. At the main intersection, turn right, and this will take you to the beach. Note that the area is closed off to future development although there is parking along the dirt road. Note that you can also get to Langebaan through the West Coast National Park, but this will cost you the entry fee. (R42 pp. in season)
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