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Kiteboarding, Windsurfing and SUP to Be Banned in Elands Bay?

A mysterious sign that bans kiteboarding, windsurfing and SUP in Elands Bay on the West Coast, South Africa, has appeared a couple of weeks ago. Elands Bay is one of Western Cape’s best surf spots and thousands of water sports enthusiasts come here each season to enjoy the perfect winds and waves.

The sign, which appears to be sanctioned by the authorities, states that the athletes that practice the three above mentioned water sports face a R 1000 fine or three months in jail. At the same time it does not interfere with the activities of traditional stand-up surfers and body boarders, leaving them the possibility to enjoy the waves.

Although the sign may seem official, it has not been approved by the municipality. It might be just a simple prank. Although the sign is not officially sanctioned, the Police have been taking it seriously and several kiteboarders, SUPs and windsurfers have been evicted from the water so far.

Gary van Rooyen, director of the nearby Coreban Stand-Up Paddle Boards, said that according to the National Parks, Beaches and Recreation Act some particular water crafts are prohibited to use in certain locations of South Africa, due to the risk they pose to other beach and ocean users. However, the Elands Bay municipality stated: “There has been no official statement from the council.”