Cape Town Day 10,11,12
A not so lucky trip to Langebaan. Henning, his girlfriend Katrin and I just made half the way to Langebaan which is one hour from Table View when the car suddenly made a really strange noise. We stopped it in the middle of nowhere and looked for the problem, seemed like something was loose. Henning called his friend Peter who came by and made the same statement as Henning: this car couldn’t be driven. He was friendly enough to offer us a ride in his Pick-up so we just packed all the stuff from one to the other car and continued our journey.
When we arrived, the lagoon was already crowded by kites and the wind was looking stronger than we hoped and expected. The direct access to the beach is cut off, so we had to walk miles with all our stuff until we reached the perfect picture spot. Henning also carried a ladder, because the artist in him was looking for a different angle!
I pumped up my 7m and 9m Hifis, used the 9m with bindings and the 7m with straps. The wind was super gusty and the water super choppy, but again it was funny to see how easy it is to get some good shots. And this time, we really made some amazing pics.
The way back was more relaxed, we picked up my rental car by midway and carried it with us until Table View.
Then we went to have dinner at an Italian Restaurant in Big Bay.
Offered another morning session. I was super overpowered on my 9m and bindings in Big Bay once again. After 20 minutes we gave up and went to have breakfast at Rossini’s. Right after I had to manage the car problem with the rental agency which wasn’t a big haste besides the fact that they let me wait one hour before they actually arrived to check the car. Strangely enough the rental guy couldn’t find the problem of the car neither, but was also sure that it had to be repaired by a real mechanic.
1 hour later I sat in a new rental car which was much better than the old one. I drove back to Hennings apartment and we packed our gear to head for the lake brandvlei in the mountains, because the wind was nuking in Cape Town and word goes around its always less windy at this lake.
The drive took us an hour. On the way it looks very much like being in the alps in summer. The lake itself is also amazing. There is a small village and a prison, but basically there is nothing else. Again the access to the water was blocked by fences. We found a spot where there was enough beach for a launching area, where the fence was small enough to jump over it and where the distance from road to water was close enough to avoid to many bites of cape cobras and other snake species…
Enno went out on his 6m, I pumped up my 9m and only had the bindings board with me.
We kited for 2 hours with perfect light, the water was super choppy but I had a much better session than in Langebaan. Again we shot some good images.
Today I woke up relaxed, send some pictures to magazines in the morning and then met Michael Schitzhofer and his father in Melkbos who just arrived from Austria. The wind blew super strong and it was slightly offshore, we did some big airs above the 2m waves on our 7m kites and also some really powered mobes between the waves or with the waves.