I began Kitesurfing in 2006, 6 years after I moved to Cape Town, I was taught to kite on Blouberg beach front by cabrinha kiteboarding and after getting up and ridding all I wanted to do was become pro. This dream became a reality in 2011 when I signed my first international contract with Roberto Ricci Designs.
Shortly after in 2012 I was on tour competing on the elite tour of 24 riders fighting for the world title. Unfortunately I ended up 5th but I was beyond happy! Since then I have pushed my focus more into the rnd, I do a lot of board and kite testing and that is where I am hoping to push my career.
My main goal would be to get onto the tour again and become the world champ but over the last few years I’ve realized that youth development is so important to our sport and I have become the executive assistant of the South African Kiting Association and with saying that we will make a massive foot print in making kiting huge in South Africa.
As it stands I placed 5th over all in the Kite Surf Pro World tour with my best result being at 4th place in Mauritius.
Not too many… The body does have to be conditioned to take a beating especially on the knees ankles and shoulders, so conditioning your body and having a strong core are key.
Getting out there and making a mistake in big waves, the ultimate feeling is knowing you can go out in anything knowing you’re prepared and able to get back to the beach even without your gear. It’s all apart of the training.
I try not to practice alone to progress you need to be riding with guys that push you and even guys that are better than you, that’s the only way you can see huge progression.
It depends on what training. If I’m conditioning my body I try to do a lot of palates it works so many muscle groups and keeps your core so strong. When I’m on the water I spend a lot of time crashing and that is the key to progression.
Not performing to the best of my ability. Some times it’s just not your day and there’s nothing you can do to change your mindset on the day, that kills me!
That one I can’t answer to be honest.
My bigger plans are to grow the community in Cape Town making it the number one destination to kitesurf and also get into the design aspect with Liquid Force, it’s a huge future.
This trail is about 17km long, taking the best part of a day, and is recommended only for experienced hikers. It is a fantastic route, showcasing some of the best that the area offers in terms of plant life, scenery and outdoor adventure in general.
The trail starts with a steady climb up the side of the Jonkershoek Valley. You gain altitude quickly and after about 3.5km, the contour path is reached. This is a pleasant respite as you contour along the mountainside, winding in and out of the folds of the mountain. Then, the very steep ascent to Berg River Neck begins. The intense effort required for this uphill is well rewarded with the awesome view down Assegaaibos Gorge on the one side, and Jonkershoek Valley on the other side. Another short ascent takes you onto the stretch of mountain, closing the back of the valley. This entire meandering section offers the stunning panoramic
views for which the trail is named after.
Once the opposite side of the valley is reached, the knee jarring descent starts. The section’s name Kurktrekker, says it all – it is the Afrikaans word for cork screw. The path zig-zags down the mountain at an extremely steep gradient, only levelling somewhat near the valley bottom, where it traces the Eerste River to take you back to our starting point.
All Hikes Include: – Guide – Permit for Jonkershoek Nature Reserve – Bottled Water – Snack pack – Transport to, and from nature reserve
We can however accommodate a group for hikes on Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Garden as well and we also have a Vineyard Hiking Trail in Devon valley Stellenbosch, including wine tastings along the way.
This is a fantastic way to experience most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Africa, combined with an abundance of Fynbos, scenic views of mountain passes and sea. Visit the Stony Point Penguin colony, enjoy a guided walk to a waterfall, view seaside villages and Wineland Towns like Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
- Stellenbosch to Somerset West – Strand Beach Road past Gordon’s Bay
- Scenic Clarence drive to Betty’s Bay
- Walk through the Penguin Colony in Betty’s Bay
- Harold Porter Botanical Garden – A 1 hour guided walk through the garden to DisaKloof Waterfall.
- Lunch stop at Peregrine Farm Stall
- Grabouwapple valley via Theewaterskloof Dam up the Franschhoek Pass into Franschhoek.
- Wine tasting in Franschhoek
- Return via Franschhoek and Helshoogte Pass back to Stellenbosch/ Cape Town
Stellenbosch Collection: $250 incl 2 pax
Cape Town Collection : $280 incl 2 pax
$50 per additional client
Included: Transport in Air Conditioned Vehicle, Guide, Penguin Colony entrance, Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Wine tasting
Excluded: Lunch & Items of personal nature