For windsurfing, most choose to live in the suburbs of Table View, Blouberg or at Sunset Beach. These areas are about a 30 mintues drive into central Cape Town.
Some windsurfers stay up at Langebann if they are either into flat water sailing or have a kitesurfing partner!
Most estate agents in Table View will provide you with some long term accomodation.
SurfSide Properties 0866 3011 44 email@example.com
Linda is particularly welcoming of Boardseeker readers!
firstname.lastname@example.org A 2 bedroom flat in Table View will set you back R300 per night. Phone Peter 072 938 4898 He also does car rental at R150/day
West Coast Accomodation & Rentals, Table View Tel. +27 (0) 21 557 6392
Blouberg & Dolphin Beach Holiday Apartments Tel. +27 (0) 21 556 1670
Dolphin Inn Guesthouse, Sunset Beach Tel. +27 (0) 21 551 0880
Local letting agencies
Campo Estates Tel. 021 556 0680 email@example.com
Blouberg Homes Tel. 021 557 3682 www.bloubergstrand.co.za
Steer Estate Agents Tel. 021 557 3539 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean Way Backpackers Lodge in Sunset Beach Tel. +27 (0) 21 552 4192
Fax. +27 (0) 21 865 2113
Langebaan Friday Island B&B: from R265 per night through Cape Sports (address in Shop section). Langebann waterfront apartments: Long Beach Cababana’s, from R299 p/n for 2 bedrooms. +27 (0) 22 772 1114 email@example.com
Hiring a Car
You will definitely need a car in Cape Town. All beaches are within an hour apart from Platboom and E Lands which take a bit longer.
Bakkie and combi van: The most luxurious in windsurf transport are Bakkie’s (pick up’s) and work out at about £17 a day and are good for keeping all kit locked up in.
United Van Hire: Ask for Mandy +27 (0) 21 683 0431. firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf: The next step down are the Golf’s, which are quite neat MKI's at £15 per day.
Car Mania: +27 (0) 21 447 3001www.carmania.co.za
Beetle: On the other end of the scale and for the classic retro look, you can get yourself the most unsuitable car for windsurfing in the world: the VW Beetle! Book early because they are in short supply as they only cost £5 a day.
You now DON'T have to leave a deposit.
Best Boland Motors: +27 (0) 21 981 4113
ood is very cheap, especially meat! There are several Shopping Malls. Bayside Shopping Centre, the most common hangout amongst the windsurfing community, is in Table View.
Eating out is also extremely cheap. An average meal will cost about £5. There are many restaurants so it is best to explore for yourself. A beer can be as little as 40p! As beer is now on the topic of conversation, a recommended place to go for a sundowner is a bar called Blue Peter just south of Big Bay.
Cubana, Stones and Buckley’s are pool bars/discos in Table View which are always good fun at the weekends. There are also plenty of Nightclubs and Bar’s in Cape Town itself. Do go to La Med on a Sunday night in Clifton to hang out with the beautiful people.
Cost of Living
Food is less than in the UK when bought in the big supermarkets such as Checkers.
Milk (4 Pints): R79.99
Bread (whole wheat loaf): R5.50
Chicken (4 Breasts): R11.50
Baked Beans R3.95
Windsurfing gear is varied in price, for example a brand new Fanatic Newwave will set you back R7990 (about £660). But a 430 Powerex skinny mast retails at R3990 (£360) with a bottom range mast at R1400 (£130). Expect to pay 20% more for a decent wetsuit too. The general advice is to bring your own!
There are some days which are not windy, and since you have come this far then have a go at some of the following.
Mountain Bike Safari’s: Cycling is a major past time in Cape Town and is a great way to explore. +27 (0)44 877 0567, email@example.com
Surfing: There are numerous surfing spots around Table View and the Cape. Big Bay is a popular sheltered break.
Reitvlei, Table View: 021 557 5509
Koeberg: 021 424 8181
Table Mountain: Walk (slowly) to the top, or get a lift up there by a cable car. Lower Station Tel:021 424 8181
Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope; You have to go there! Amazing scenery and plenty of cheeky baboons. If you don't want to sail Platboom Beach, (mast high swell, very sharky etc) you must at least go and see it: it's beautiful. It takes about an hour and a half to drive their from Table View.
Golf: Milnerton Golf Estate, Wood Bridge Island: 021 552 1047 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gym: Virgin Active, Table View Tel: 021 557 3995. Huge, well equipped with the best view ever from your rowing machine. You can join for one month for approx R400 which allows you to use the squash courts, pool and all the fitness classes for free. Or try Planet Fitness, Parklands, Tel: 021 556 5595 which is slightly cheaper.
Constantia Wine Route: This is the oldest and most famous on the eastern side of the Cape. It’s like doing an exclusive pub crawl where you only drink the finest wines. Take a sober driver! Tel: 021 794-5128.
Police: Milnerton 552 2856
Hospitals: Table View Clinic: 557 1065/6
Rescue Chopper: 10177
Blaauwberg Tourism Bureau: +27 21 557 8600/556 4399
Cape Town International Airport : 021 937 1200
Table View Chiropractor: 021 557 7088 (Kim Needham or Gregory La Cock)