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CAPTION > The 25th annual Downwind Dash, 12
February, 2011. Hundreds of kiters and windsurfers, including some of the best riders in the world, launch from the Main Beach in Langebaan and race over 20 kilometres to Saldanha Beach. Crazy fun PHOTO > Fiona Claisse / Progression.me
CONDITIONS AND SET-UP
Langebaan is a small fishing town 90 minutes drive up the R27 out of Cape Town. It has some of the best flat water conditions in the area and warm waters too, so has obviously now grown as a busy kite village in the summer months. Two main spots are Main Beach and Shark Bay. Main Beach is a quality crossshore beach at the end of the main street, so nice and easy for food and drinks in between sessions. Shark Bay is a five minute drive over the hill, bringing you round the corner of the same beautiful flat water lagoon set amongst one of the most beautiful kite scenes you'll ever ride in. The wind blows more onshore at Shark Bay, so you have to walk off the beach a bit to get going, but it's just stunning. Winds are consistent in Langebaan and perfect for learning or improving. If you're put off by the sometimes ferocious conditions in Cape Town, find riding sanctuary and a lot of fun up here.
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CAPTION > Road to Shark Bay