Most kitesurfing shops on the Cape peninsula are single-brand stockists. On one hand, this is good because you’ll get passionate and knowledgeable sellers who will vouch for the products they’re selling. On the other hand, you may want to visit more than one shop to source gear that’s right for your level of competence, and to compare prices.
Here are the top three distributors in Cape Town:
1. Cabrinha Kiteboarding
Eden on the Bay, Bloubergstrand
Cabrinha is the largest global kiteboarding brand, and this shop in Bloubergstrand is the largest one of its kind in South Africa. Cabrinha-sponsored athletes also make sure it’s one of the most visible and respected brands. They have all the top gear and accessories, but also sell pre-owned kites and offer rentals and lessons. It’s the classy showroom that most beginners aspire to, but with an accessible side that makes it easier to approach.
2. North Kiteboarding
Horizon Bay, Bloubergstrand
One of the most established outlets on the coast, North Kiteboarding bills itself as an innovative and inspired kiteboarding brand. The brand strives to keep its fingers on the pulse of global kiting trends by receiving input from its teams in kiting hotspots all over the world, and developing their products in-house. This is where you go if you want a bit of an insider tip on the latest technology. Well stocked, and with great service.
3. Best Kiteboarding Africa
Portico Building, Table View
The friendliest kiteshop in Cape Town! The owners of Best Kiteboarding, Shane Scheckel and Lanral Riddock, have been involved in the scene since anyone can remember. And their enthusiasm is infectious. If your budget’s a bit tight, these are the guys you need to speak to. They are located directly opposite the beach and offer a wide range of brands for all skill levels. They’re your friendly neighbourhood kiting store that will have a beer with you after a session and discuss your technique and tomorrow’s weather.