Let's Help Some Kiteboarders Out
- Kiteboarders should pull together to support each other and access when and
where we can. All call for help has come out of South Africa, an email from
you could make a difference. Please see below.
AKA Kiteboarding Committee
I just spoke to a friend in Cape Town, Angus from Cape Dr. He told me that
there is a plan to build a hovercraft link all across the table bay, in
which most kite- and windsurfing is going on and some surfing, too. The
hovercraft would be running close to the shore (about 1km), and would
seriously impact that brilliant surfing area. Noise, danger from the hover
All sorts of people are protesting, from surfers to residents and
environmental agencies. It would be great if you could support the protest
with a simple email.
Please write an email to goose@... with the subject line
"Hovercraft protest" and a few lines describing why you are against it and
may be that it could impact your decision to go kiting in Cape Town.
Goose (=Angus) will then collect all those emails, print them out and take
them to the next council meeting, to give the voice of protest against this
project more weight.
If you want to check out more, go to Wavescape at
Thanks very much in advance for your help!
A form email that we can use appears below:
I understand that a new hovercraft route and landing facility is
contemplated for Big Bay in Cape Town. If this intended use comes to pass it
will seriously impact watersports in this area. In particular the unsafe
conditions created by this use will likely eliminate kiteboarding in this
At present many tourists from Africa, Europe and other areas visit this area
primarily for kiteboarding. Excellent conditions for this popular sport
exist in Big Bay. I had planned on visiting the area myself to kiteboard.
If the proposed hovercraft facility is constructed as currently configured,
safe kiteboarding will no longer be possible. I understand from comments by
Dr. Johan Neethling, (ex head of Cape Nature Conservation) hired as
environmental consultant by Hovercape, that he personally believes there is
a better landing site 900m further north up the coast near Eerstesteen. He
feels this site would have less social impact.
If this project comes into being as currently proposed, it would remove a
primary reason for myself and many other tourists to vacation in your city.
I therefore request that alternative, less impacting routing and/or other
material modifications be considered for this project.
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