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CAPTION, HERE AND BELOW > Wind Chasers' outdoor shower; Crayfish at the Strandloper outdoor restaurant; Cape Sports Centre's green next to the beach

SCHOOLS AND ACCOMMODATION

WIND CHASERS In Langebaan village, Dimitri and his team have built one of the most well-equipped hostels we've seen. Double en-suite rooms as well as bunk accommodation available. Kitchen, wifi and big TV facilities as well as fully serviced kite school. Www.windchaserssa.com info@windchaserssa.com CAPE SPORTS CENTRE Anthony and Esti run this longstanding windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons sales and rental business right on the beach just downwind of Main Beach. SUP rentals, hobie sailing and beach bar also on site. Contact also for accommodation www.capesport.co.za info@capesport.co.za

CAPTION > Brad Symington on a Genetrix Origin KW test session, Shark Bay

FRIDAY ISLAND Beautiful, peaceful, beachfront units, sleeping up to four with a mezzanine bedroom, kitchen units and en-suite bathrooms. Rig up on the beach next door. Small, restaurant and bar, too. Next door to Cape Sports Centre www.fridayisland.co.za kathy@intekom.co.za

CAPTION > Friday Island, picture perfect accommodation a stumble from a launch

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CAPTION > Make your move on Main Beach. Austrian Stefan Spiessberger running hot

“South Africa was the first kitesurf trip I went on. I saved some money and booked a couple of months out there to train. I ended up staying in Langebaan the whole time, which was just perfect; a nice, quiet place but with enough going on where you can kitesurf your heart out. I really like the vibe here; a little more relaxed than some of the city spots with a few bars and restaurants and a lot of kitesufers to hang out with. Plus, town is just 90 minutes back down the road if you fancy some more excitement. Langebaan is my favourite place in South Africa to kite. The winds blow consistently over a huge lagoon and the conditions are safe and regular with flat water and less aggressive wind than down in the city. I've spent many months over there with very few no wind days. It's so reliable and safe that I now run coaching holidays there in February to help others improve their level too. “Now when I step off the plane at Cape Town International I get a sense of calm; as if I've arrived home. The climate is phenomenal; hot enough to not think of the temperature and cool enough at night to wrap up in just a thin duvet. I love the consistency of the wind and the fact that you can exhaust yourself day in and day out. I love the regular people who go there every winter and the people that kite there year round. It has a really happy and welcoming atmosphere and plenty of opportunities to do other activities if kitesurfing gets too much. South Africa is epic and draws me back year after year.” JO WILSON, NAISH PRO RIDER (www.jowilsoncoaching.com)

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