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South Africa's West Coast region offers excellent wind and water sport opportunities to visitors. Whether you're looking to get involved in some windsurfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, sailing, water-skiing, wakeboarding or good old fashioned bodyboarding, South Africa's West Coast is the place to go for endless fun in the rolling surf. The best wind and water sport destination in South Africa is unquestionably Langebaan, located just 75 miles (120km) from Cape Town, where strong side-shore summer winds have turned Langebaan Lagoon into a true haven for wind and water sport enthusiasts from around the world. Experienced windsurfers report glowingly on the flatness of the Lagoon's surface and the speeds they are able to achieve courtesy of the offshore winds, while the Lagoon is also the ideal place for beginners to learn how to kayak in sea conditions. A resident equipment shop, the Cape Sports Centre, operates at the Lagoon, offering equipment for hire and lessons for those just starting out. While Langebaan is certainly the West Coast's wind and water sport mecca, there are a number of other excellent destinations in the area as well. These include Saldanha and Yzerfontein, both of which are particularly good for sailing and deep-sea fishing. The best time to enjoy water sports on South Africa's West Coast is between September and March, with mid-summer (December) being the peak tourist season.