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“Volkswagen South Africa invited me to take part CAPTION > Jason Furness must be on the water in a windsurfing competition called Gunston and the GTI in Cape Town in 1985. The conditions were so good my friends and I went back almost every year since. Besides the kiting, Cape Town offers a fantastic lifestyle. I was lucky enough to buy a house in 1995 (after apartheid) when it was still cheap, but it's still not too expensive to live here. There is a good music scene, cool bars and restaurants, great mountain biking, surfing and good people. “I try to wake up early and start my day with a good, healthy breakfast, including lots of fruit before checking Windguru to see what the wind and waves are doing. According to the strength of the wind forecast and the size of the waves, I'll choose my spot for the day. Haakgat is a really good running wave when it's over two metres, especially from low tide towards high. A peak on the left hand side breaks right in front of the rocks and can connect to the right, giving you really long rides. The wind is steady and a little offshore too, shaping the waves beautifully. “I also like kiting towards town at the Milnerton lighthouse when the swell is really big and Kamers always works well when not too big elsewhere (but it gets very busy and a lot of kiters don't seem to understand anyway rights of way). Scarborough and Misty Cliffs are great when the wind comes in right and when it's not too gusty and the waves are under three metres. We have onshore winds (Muizenberg), side-shore, big waves, small waves, light winds as well as gale force winds consistently blowing at so many different kite spots. You can't get bored kiting here. “As well as designing boards, I love the beautiful light for photos, easy access to the breathtaking African landscape, perfect temperature day and night and being surrounded by good friends. Cape Town gives me all I could want.” RALF BACHSCHUTER, EX-PRO WINDSURFER, KITESURF BOARD SHAPER, CAPE TOWN

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stunning part of Cape Town's wine-lands is a good hour's drive or so east from the main kite strip, but worth a day or two's stay in peace WWW.KITEWORLDMAG.COM > 79