Cape Town has a special place in my heart – it’s my home away from home. When winter in Europe starts, I always try to get out of there as soon as I can as I know that is when Cape Town is at its absolute best with warm weather, strong winds, lovely people and countless activities to do. There is wind nearly every day, maybe not in the same place, but if you have a car and are willing to drive then you can basically kite every day. With so much coastline and remote spots to kite it is a unique place. I have been visiting for quite some years now and know quite a few spots around the Cape but there are always more places and little gems to be discovered. I really like to drive and explore new kiting locations; for me this is one of the things that excites me the most about kiting.
There was still one place I had in mind to try and kite, but had never had the time or courage to do. You may wonder why I would need courage to go and kite somewhere… Well Cape Town is a city of contrasts, very wealthy and at the same time has a lot of poverty. The poorer areas, the ‘townships’, are not located in the best and most beautiful areas. One of these townships, Khayelitsha, the biggest and supposedly most dangerous one, is located near a very windy spot. It’s a spot where you wouldn’t really feel comfortable rigging and packing up because you never know if you’ll bump into someone with the wrong intentions. There is an old, abandoned swimming pool that gets filled by the sea at high tide, a perfect place for the Khayelitsha locals to enjoy a day at the beach. None of my Cape Town friends would recommend going there and I was skeptical as well. But this year I thought to myself, how bad can it be; the only way to find out is by going there.