Touring during the most extreme kite event on the planet, be inspired to push the limits of your own kiting while rubbing shoulders with the industry’s elite.
The Redbull King of the Air (KOTA) event is renowned as the biggest kiteboarding competition on the planet! Extreme kitesurfers go as big as they can and throw down their craziest and most dangerous tricks just a few metres from the cheering crowd of spectators.
This competition is set in one of the worlds windiest towns in the most likely month for wind – February. With a 3-week window, the competitors start to gather in Cape Town and practice boosting until the forecast looks favourable and the day of competition is called.
The actual event may take anywhere from 1 to 3 days to decide a winner and watching these extreme athletes boost for their lives is one of the greatest spectator sports around today.
On this tour you will:
Staying just far enough away from the popular kite beach, home of the KOTA event, but close enough to see it from your balcony, we have a deluxe minibus and dedicated driver to whisk you around the epic coastline in style and comfort. We also have a 4x4 and trailer to carry all our gear.
Think of your 10 best kite spots, mix them all up, then supercharged them - that’s South Africa’s Cape and you'll get to enjoy them all.
Our tour guide and local kiter Johnny says:
I think you could easily kite a different spot every day for a year if the winds allowed it. But what might surprise you is that 99% of kiteboarders that come to enjoy South Africa’s windy season don’t even venture away from the main spots”.
That’s why on this Zephyr Tour we explore and take you to the best spots for the wind direction and conditions of each day. You’ll get to kite some magical locations, world-class spots which we could have all to ourselves. You’ll get to see the real South Africa and its epic diversity.
Of course, we’ll take you to the main spots too, Blouberg, Big Bay, and Langebaan along with watching the King of the Air tournament on the days it’s called.
Check out a few of our favourite kite spots you'll visit on this tour.
Blouberg Kite Beach
Nothing will prepare you for how unreal it can be having a session at Kite Beach. It’s controlled chaos as thousands of kiters flock to Cape Town to take advantage of the good winds and try to reach new heights.
When the winds exceed 30 knots, these conditions are unofficially reserved for the pros, but for those brave enough to join them it’ll make the roller-coaster ride of your life!
For everyone else, just watching from the beach is heart-stopping enough – this is when the KOTA event will be called.
Just a street from the home base doorstep, Doodles is our beach for late arvo sessions and downwinders. 1km from Blouberg kite beach, it's far enough from the city kite crowds with awesome winds and soft sand.
About 30min south of Blouberg in a slightly sheltered bay offering warmer water and onshore wind is Muizenberg. Timing it for low tide, you’ll kitesurf great sections of flat water in between the waves.
Situated an hour north of Cape Town on the West Coast lies the famous kitesurfing mecca Langebaan. Side-shore winds and flat waters within the lagoon are great for progressing across different disciplines. The flatter water makes for a nice change from the relentless waves on the coast and the white dunes and turquoise water just add to the magic.
Only 3.5 hours from Cape Town, Witsand is a fantastic spot to follow the wind and get out of the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and the KOTA. This picturesque town lies at the mouth of the Breede River and offers world-class kiting conditions. Choose to kite ocean-side in the onshore wind or the main attraction; butter flat water within the river mouth.
For these missions, we stop overnight as one session here is never enough!
Brandfontein National Park
Close to Struisbaai and our westerly kite spot is the town of Brandfontein. On the drive there you have a good chance of spotting blue cranes, ostriches, duiker (a local antelope) among many species of wildlife.
While it does involve a bit of effort, it is worth the 1km hike to kite in one of the most isolated spots in the Western Cape. The waves can be mountainous outback but riding the inshore area can be quite mellow and ideal for wave riders and twintippers alike.
As well as kitesurfing
There are plenty of adventures and places to visit around Cape Town which we will try and squeeze in around the KOTA and your own kiting, but here are Johnny's must-do South African non-kiting experiences which we've included in this package.
Depending on the weather, there are loads more... but here's a start.
This tour is within the competition window and does not span the whole event. It is likely that some, or all of the event will be during this time, but we cannot guarantee results. If you wish to see the whole event, we recommend making plans to stay until the 16 February 2020.
You must be a confident kitesurfer to ride most conditions, especially in waves.
We recommend you bring a twin tip and a surfboard as an optional extra.
There will be casual coaching offered, but no lessons.