Windsurfing Hot Spots
Located at the southern most tip of Africa, Cape Town literally gets the wind from both sides of the continent. For local and international windsurfers alike, this is a good thing. Better yet is the wide variety of windsurfing spots to choose from.
Windsurfing Spots on the West Coast
A quick drive out of the Cape Town city centre along the western coastline will take you to what can only be described as windsurfer’s heaven.
Only minutes away from one another are some of the world’s best windsurfing spots.
- Sunset Beach, Milnerton – a popular windsurfing spot, perfect for down-the line wave riding with various peaks along the beach
- Kite Beach, Table View – the long stretch of beach offers numerous peaks and is known as one of the world’s best kiteboarding spots
- Take precautions as the remains of the sunken Seli 1 is at this beach. Ask locals where it’s safe to windsurf and what area to avoid.
- Big Bay, Bloubergstrand – a favourite playground for advanced to expert level windsurfers, it’s always worth it even on crowded days
- Rietvlei Wetland Reserve – a great place for beginners to learn but also favoured for speed and freestyle windsurfing when the wind is pumping
- Melkbos – the windsurfing spot offers a long stretch of beach with different peaks along the way
- Langebaan – another hour’s drive up the west coast will bring you to a green water lagoon perfect for freestyle windsurfing and speed sailing
- Elands Bay also known as Ebay – a three hours’ drive along the west coast from Table View will take you to this popular point break which requires big swell to cook
Windsurfing Spots around Cape Point
Travel south from the city and you’ll find even more picturesque windsurfing spots to take your pick from.
- Platboom – situated on the shores of the Cape of Good Hope National Park, it’s likely to work here when it’s flat everywhere else as it picks up the swell first (watch out for baboons in the parking lot!)
- Scarborough – the small bay is perfect for intermediate to expert windsurfers but can get crowded quite quickly
- Witsands – the bay requires you to walk down a cliff to rig up and is only suitable for advanced and expert windsurfers