While blustery days send most tame outdoor revellers indoors, for the growing number of adrenaline seekers, a strong wind means only one thing - Playtime! Kitesurfing has become hugely popular in South Africa and the sport has literally swept extreme sports junkies off their restless feet.
Our Greater Knysna coastline and inland lakes and estuaries present kitesurfers with the ultimate playground in which to hone their skill and fuel their addiction. All you need are the correct wind conditions, a large body of water and a heady need for speed. Kitesurfing test ones limits of performance, strength, endurance and nerve against these often unbridled forces of nature.
If you are keen to learn this adrenaline-fueled sport, contact Tony Cook Adventures, who runs Kitesurfing Africa, Knysna’s number one kite school. In the summer months, the Knysna lagoon is the ideal place for beginners and experts alike to kitesurf and the perfect shallow, flat water conditions make it an ideal venue for teaching.
For those with a lot of experience there are the wild waves to tackle at Sedgefield’s Myoli Beach, around 30 minute drive from Knysna. Here you get to kitesurf one of the top legendary wave riding spots in the area.
Kiteboards are also available for rent from PiliPili Extreme Sport Centre in Sedgefield, the renowned local kitesurfing operation whose kitesurf school is now based in Witsand.