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Inland (Gauteng/Free State) Kite Group

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Comment by Warrick on March 28, 2014 at 12:46
Hi Dima

Leeupan near Secunda is the one.
Comment by Dima Korposh on March 28, 2014 at 12:07

Thanx guys.
One more stupid question:
Google map shows at least three Leeupan - in Mpumalanga (next to Embalenhle and Secunda), in Benoni and next to Delareyville.
Judging from windguru it should be one next to Embalenhle and Secunda. Is that correct?
I'm getting confused with same names for different places. And I though Taiwan was bad with that :D
With Sterkfontein there also few places, but only one with the water. So it's easy.
David, what is so special about Sterkfotein?

Comment by Warrick on March 27, 2014 at 12:27
Hi Dima

At the Vaal Dam there is an extensive area to launch at Deneysville called Pink flats, a public open space on the western side of the dam.

Various yacht clubs on the eastern side with a number of small bays where you can find some slick when wind is up properly.

Cheers
Warrick
Comment by David Victor on March 27, 2014 at 11:55
Hi Dima

Leeupan dam offers smooth to choppy conditions.
Best wind is the NW as it blow cross shore, SW blows on shore. The launching and landing area is big enough and open, no trees. The kiting spot is on the eastern side of the dam. I'm not sure how to get to leeupan from JHB, but when you get to the dirt road it's the first gate on the left, R30 will get you in. Follow the road next to the dam for about a km till the launching area.
I agree with you about Durban, but sterkfontuin is defiantly a spot you want to add to your list.

Take care.
Comment by Dima Korposh on March 27, 2014 at 9:32

Thank you Lynn.

Sterkfontein Dam is half way to Durban and Durban looks like much better place.
what sides of Vaal Dam and Leeupan (east, west, ...) are best for kiting? Also what are conditions for launching/landing the kite?

Comment by lynn maclachlan on March 21, 2014 at 18:06

Hi Dima, Welcome to South Africa. Yes, Vaal Dam and Leeupan are the closest and a cool spot is Sterkfontein Dam-which is about three hours from Joeys, so it is good for a weekend and you can either camp or hire a chalet. I think a lot of us use Windguru (correct me if I am wrong) for our wind info. I can't remember what the best wind directions are for those three places....anyone?

Comment by Dima Korposh on March 21, 2014 at 11:19

Sorry for the link in my previous message. Didn't see pasting it and don't know how to remove it now

Comment by Dima Korposh on March 21, 2014 at 11:18
Hi guys!
I just moved to South Africa and will be based in Johannesburg. From what I found Vaal Dam and Leeupan are the places for kiteboarding around here.
I would appreciate any information, tips, directions and details about these spots. If there are other places close enough, please share too.
I have never kited inland, so would like to learn the difference between ocean spots (if any).
Thank you in advance. Can't wait to get back to kiting and see you on the water. - See more at: http://www.kitesports.co.za/group/inland-gauteng-free-state#sthash....
Comment by Kitesports on March 12, 2014 at 14:05

Hi Tim. We don't have any North kites but stock a full range of Ozone, RRD, Cabrinha, Airush, Slingshot, Peter Lynn. We also have a lot of used gear of different brands.

What are you looking to spend? We have full used kits from around R8000 - R15000. All new gear would be around R20000. Give us a call 031 568 2644.

Bruce
PS. Please be careful of buying VERY cheap gear online without researching what type of kite it is. There are a lot of cheap kites that are terrible for someone just starting out - and dangerous!

Comment by Tim on March 12, 2014 at 8:52

Thanks everybody! Will get gear sorted ASAP! If anybody wants to kite in the coming months, let me know! Tim

 

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