The Scene

Langebaan was once a sleepy fishing village resting in a protected part of the extensive Langebaan Lagoon on the West Coast of South Africa. This is a part of our coastline that has a distinct Mediterranean feel.

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Fynbos creeps towards the water and cottages along the beach cling to their old-world charm, family treasures – handed down from one generation to the next.

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The once quiet village has now grown into a popular holiday location for Capetonians  and the traditional ‘fishing village’ part of town has been contained behind quaint shale walls which in return are surrounded by holiday mansions and golf developments. Langebaan also has wind and has become a destination for international travelers to South Africa in search of kitesurfing skills – drawn to the weather conditions, gorgeous landscape and our ever weakening currency.

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While no longer a village, Langebaan still alludes to a quiet demeanor when the weather is calm…. but when the wind blows, the tempo rises a notch or two…

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This happens pretty much every day…during the windy season.

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To catch Shark Bay looking like this you need to hit it early because by 15 knots around Noon this kite crèche is filled with white horses and beginners.

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But even Shark Bay at its busiest cannot compare to ‘The Scene’ going on at Main Beach!IMG_3425

With the wind come the vehicles loaded with students and gear from every kitesurfing school in the area, and with the students come the instructors with their foreign accents and mouth pieces. They strut militantly along the waters edge, in a stressful fashion yelling instructions to their students,

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who try desperately to listen, remain untangled and out of the rip, while fighting ‘the fear’. In addition there is the added accessory of the ‘dedicated boat guy’ ready and waiting to come to your rescue – for a fee of course which is definitely not calculated in South African Rands… IMG_3442

And all of this is on a quiet day. Over one hundred kites are said to be in the air at any given moment over season’s peak.

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And when you are done for the day you simply retire to one of the restaurants that line the shore, or better yet, settle in at a trendy singles-style Flash Packer Venue and hang around the pool with gorgeous internationals lounging on colourful, giant bean bags in tiny swim wear..Langebaan is an experience worth checking out…

But while That Scene continues,

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we head on home to Our Scene, along a wilder part of the coast line,

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where you find cows on the beach instead of fancy vehicles and smart restaurants.

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And there is no boat rescue crew in sight.

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Where the Papa is the instructor, and the lagoon small, but uncrowded,

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and the mood…….well it’s simply chillaxed.

Celebrating Sleepy Chintsa, its Uncrowded Scene and kite lessons for the girls. Late 2014 / Early 2015

 

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19 thoughts on “The Scene

  1. Awesome! I spent loads of time sailing at Langebaan as a kid – back when it was still a village. Many many fond memories

  2. Beautiful photos and lovely to know the beaches are so loved, busy and vibrant but is was such a relief to get to the end, to the space and peace of Our Scene, the cows on the beach! and the lagoon. I say Our Scene because that’s our style too.

    • It certainly is a contrast. I really enjoyed getting to know Langebaan a bit better and I find that whenever I kite somewhere other than home, my kiting skills develop but beside the fact that we do not have the consistent wind, Chintsa wins hands down for me!

  3. Enjoyed photos and reading about this place. Like many places here, people tend to congregate in one spot, ignoring the delights of quieter places not far off. Perhaps that’s just as well, though, for us folk who prefer to leave the crowds in search of the more authentic experience. But guess that might depend on whether you want to learn to go kiting or not.

  4. A watery paradise complete with noise and bustle for those to whom that speaks — loudly.
    Your scene is a quieter paradise for those to whom —paradise whispers.
    Looks wonderful. And a splendid place for the girls to learn from dad, unpressurized.

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