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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby BernieTomic1 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:11 am

Tried driving north 1h30 before sunset, but the dirt road along the coast seemed closed, so we had to drive around the whole area, about 50km, and it was too late by that time.

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby Matt_TYRCZ » Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:15 am

great read guys !!!! plenty of info !!!
im first timer also.
Plan is January 2020 , watch KOTA and kite as much as possible .
Is it as busy as everybody say that time ?
Sounds like Kite beach is place to be

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby Hpr » Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:28 pm

Yes, it is extremely crowded, and getting worse every year. So much so that, from about mid Dec until after KOTA, I try to avoid the stretch from Dolphin Beach past Kite Beach up to Doodles, which is prime area for big air boosting. The mix of herds of downwinding directional riders (who typically think they always have right of way since they are lawnmoving near any particular wave) going perpendicular past masses of twintip riders that vary from inexperienced novices getting destroyed by the conditions, intermediates learning to jump and experienced guys jumping over and through the mess is just plain dangerous. Throw in a mix of testosterone, ego, adrenalin, lack of common sense, bad attitude and tempers, apart from the odd line tangle I am actually surprised there aren’t more serious accidents. Something that does clear the crowds quite nicely is when the SE gets over 30 knots, so early evenings is the best time to kite that stretch during peak season.

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby ELI » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:55 pm

Plan on being there and getting out before KOTA,hope to find some space on waves. All directional ,no TT and NO big boosting .

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby Matt_TYRCZ » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:33 pm

Hpr wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:28 pm
Yes, it is extremely crowded, and getting worse every year. So much so that, from about mid Dec until after KOTA, I try to avoid the stretch from Dolphin Beach past Kite Beach up to Doodles, which is prime area for big air boosting. The mix of herds of downwinding directional riders (who typically think they always have right of way since they are lawnmoving near any particular wave) going perpendicular past masses of twintip riders that vary from inexperienced novices getting destroyed by the conditions, intermediates learning to jump and experienced guys jumping over and through the mess is just plain dangerous. Throw in a mix of testosterone, ego, adrenalin, lack of common sense, bad attitude and tempers, apart from the odd line tangle I am actually surprised there aren’t more serious accidents. Something that does clear the crowds quite nicely is when the SE gets over 30 knots, so early evenings is the best time to kite that stretch during peak season.
nothing but good things :o
lets hope than for evening sessions .
where else is good place to boost away from zoo?

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby Van Hunk » Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:37 pm

Not saying. :)

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby Exal » Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:42 pm

All the info is already in this thread 🙄

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby Van Hunk » Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:56 pm

Is it?
Exal wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:42 pm
All the info is already in this thread 🙄

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby Van Hunk » Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:59 pm

Not disputing the fact that this is perhaps one of the great spot threads on this forum.

The weather analysis alone is worth its weight in gold.

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Re: South Africa first timer

Postby Van Hunk » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:01 pm

And the gems. Like grootvadersbos. An ancient forest tucked away. It might be my favorite tip as a local.


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