Kevin Langeree in front of Table Mountain
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Check out 5 of the best kiting spots in the Cape

Where to ride if you're in the Western Cape this windy Summer season.
Written by Jim Gaunt
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Cape Town becomes the capital of the kitesurfing world from December throug February each year with over 30 spots nestled in and around the city limits. 2015 Red Bull King of the Air runner-up (and 2014 champ), Kevin Langeree spends so much time here that he's almost considered a local.
Here Kevin lets us in on a handful of lesser-known classic spots that you probably don't hear so much about, but keep the hardcore Cape Town kitesurfer amped for more:
A five-minute drive downwind from Big Bay is one of my favourite spots. Meaning 'third stone', make sure your keep your eyes open for the rocks underwater. I very often surf or SUP here, but when the wind kicks in the wave is great to kite. As a beach break, it's very shifty and changes quickly with the tide. On a good day you'll find very powerful, hollow waves and if you're lucky you might even get barrelled.
Three kilometres downwind from Big Bay, this is my go-to regular wave spot. It can pretty much handle any size swell and although it gets pretty bumpy on the windy days, if you time it just right the wave will give you a long ride from the point all the way in to the beach. I always call this spot 'Little Italy' as there are so many Italian windsurfers hanging around in speedos! I also heard they're building a pizza place at the parking lot - not such a bad thing...
On a NW wind it comes straight over the mountains, so it can be gusty, but the waves can be really nice. This coast also picks up more swell than Big Bay as it's more open to the ocean. Be careful to not crash your kite here in a NW as it will end up on the rocks. It's a little safer in a SE wind as your kite or board will just land on the beach, but the waves aren't quite as clean. Also keep an eye out for the sharkies because they like this spot, too.
4. PLATBOOM (Cape Point)
I don't ride this spot very often, but when you score it you can really score it! Located within Table Mountain National Park, you have to pay to kite, but once you are in, it's worth every penny. The surroundings are picture perfect. There is a little beach to launch your kite but beware of the rocks; this is definitely not a spot for beginners. Working best in a SE wind and a SW swell, it will pick up the most swell in the area as it's located at the most SW point of the African continent.
Worth the drive - Witsand in the Breede River

Worth the drive - Witsand in the Breede River

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5. WITSAND (Breede River)
Although quite a drive (3.5 - 4 hours), it's like a dream spot. The water is as flat as it gets as the wind blows over a sandbar in the SE wind, so is perfect for freestyle. It's also very easy to kite here and a good place to learn some new tricks, but don't lie in the water for too long because the sharks like this spot, too. The last time I was there they recorded the biggest Bull shark ever in the system, but luckily I didn't see it.
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