Prolimit asked me if I wanted to come along on a trip to shoot the new summer collection and to explore the Cape. They wanted to do this differently to previous years, not just doing the trip, but also giving us the opportunity to learn more about the Cape. On the second day we had the privilege of meeting Steve Spike, a surfer who is also very knowledgeable about weather. We visited him at his home in Kommetjie, south of the city, where he explained everything that goes on in the Cape and why and how weather fronts and water currents and systems change; from temperature to waves he explained everything. So with all the knowledge from Spike the trip could officially start.
We spent three days around Cape Town itself where the water is very cold, according to Spike varying between nine and 17 degrees, a big range in temperature. This has to do with the wind. The more southeast the wind blows, the colder the water, and on no-wind or onshore days the water usually gets much warmer. We had some crazy strong wind for these sessions around the Cape. After a good start we continued our journey further south and eastwards. Our second destination was Hermanus, a really nice town that is known in the kite world for its flat-water lagoon. This time we were not as lucky with the conditions, or at least that’s what we assumed looking at the forecast, which wasn’t great for wind and weather. We had to really search for the right lighting, wind and locations. This included a lot of early mornings and long drives but in the end it all came right and the results made it all worth it!
On the last stretch of our trip we made it to Cape Agulhas, the most southern point of Africa, a place I had never visited before. It was very unique in its character and definitely a beauty of its own, with warm, blue water and no one else kiting. In the space of one week we had gone from wearing winter wetsuits and almost getting brain freeze when under the water, to kiting in warm weather and getting away with just wearing a shorty. Thanks Prolimit for an awesome trip and for teaching me more about our climate and ocean currents. ■