At the tip of the African continent lies the “Mother City”, Cape Town. Set at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain, the City Bowl is as diverse in its people and culture as it is in it’s geography, and offers something unique and exciting for the entire family.
Jutting off from Cape Town lies the mountainous outcrop known as The Cape Peninsula, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the Western Seaboard and the Indian Ocean on the False Bay Coast. The tip is known as Cape Point and the views of these converging oceans are truly out of this world.
Cape Town boasts amazing all year weather. During the summer months (October – March) the prevailing wind is the South Easter, and can often blow for days at a time. Although this can drive the majority of people batty, it is welcomed with open arms by the Downwind Junkies (on Surfski’s and SUP’s – Cape Town offers two world class runs).
With a rugged coastline and mountains dropping into the ocean, there are opportunities at every turn for all watermen/women – inclusive of beginners, intermediate and advanced. Xpression on the Beach is positioned on Muizenberg Beach front and was established in 2009 as Africa’s First SUP shop. Offering all the equipment you will need for any SUP adventure. With world-class facilities and internationally recognised instructors, get in touch for your first lesson. Alternatively, improve your Wave Riding, Flat Water or Downwind skills with one of the experienced coaches.
Xpression on the Beach offers two great and uniquely different options for the First Timer/ Flat Water paddler. The first is Zandvlei, an estuary connecting both Muizenberg and the small residential complex of Marina Da Gama. Whether you are looking to get some race training in, or take your first stroke, this large body of water is the perfect place to do it. The weeds can get pretty thick in the summer months so don’t forget your weed fin. Your second option is Simons Town and the home of Boulders beach and the African penguin. Instead of joining the queue of tourists, head to Seaforth and grab a board from Afri Oceans. They offer both Rentals and Guided tours from Sea Forth to Boulders Beach and back (2km round trip). You will be able to see Penguins in their natural habitat (although any interaction with any wildlife is strictly forbidden), and paddle over vast kelp forests. Keep an eye out for Cape fur seals, dolphins and whales. An outstanding array of birdlife frequent this route, so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready. Best on a day with little or no wind, but a definite must for all levels!
Cape Town must be the best location for surf in the world, there is literally a wave to be ridden every day of the year (providing you know where to look). During the summer months the Atlantic is where you will find the best waves. On the West Coast anywhere from Milnerton to Melkbos – a 20 km stretch of beach with waves scattered all along. Suiting all skill levels, from shallow reefs to soft beach breaks, seek and you will find. The Cape Peninsula also has many options, but is more suited to the experienced paddlers. Here you can find anything from big waves (more in Winter) to barreling beach breaks and one foot runners. Check out Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough, but be warned these spots can get very busy so head there early. In the winter months the wind usually backs off or blows from the North West – this opens up a whole new playing field. Muizenberg (or the Berg) comes alive, gentle waves offer a great learning platform for those entering into the surf for the first time. Don’t let that put you (experienced paddlers) off, the waves at the Berg can deliver some amazing rides. With Xpression On The Beach located right there, you have a quiver of boards at your disposal, no matter the conditions!
Downwinds usually take place in the Summer months, although the die hards will venture into the cold when the wind picks up. It is in the Summer when the runs really start taking shape. There are two main runs, both roughly 10km in length. The Millers is situated in False Bay. The start is at the Millers Point Boat launch and easy entry into the water. Once you make your way out of the protected bay, you have both wind and swell at your back. The runs get steep and can go on forever, and if the runs do not take your breath away, the views surely will. With the notorious Roman Rock Lighthouse as a halfway marker it is a straight shot to Fish Hoek. This run also has a 5 km Beginner / Chicken run (for the first timers) but experienced supervision is required (Check out Xpression on the Beach for more info). On the Atlantic you have the Table Bay run, which goes from Milnerton to Big Bay, a great run with Table Mountain as a backdrop. The shore break at Milnerton can often catch even the most experienced paddlers off guard, so when you get your gap, paddle hard. Once out, it is 10kms of amazing runs and good times to Big Bay.
Flat Water, Wave Riding and Downwinding all year round. If you’re looking for something else, Cape town and the surrounds offer a host of family adventures, including mountain biking, hiking, world class golf courses, amazing restaurants, game drives and is home to an abundance of beautiful wine farms.
SUP or Surf Queries: Xpression on the Beach
Accommodation: Rolling Tide
To Eat: Fresch Café