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There may be more room on the waves this summer
if the muscular Australian dollar dents the numbers
of European kite-surfers hitting WA’s coast. They
typically descend in their thousands (witness the
explosion in tent numbers at Geraldton’s Coronation Beach) and chances
are the consistent winds and varied flat water and wave conditions will
still draw diehards in from Geraldton to Exmouth. Popular spots along
Ningaloo Reef have become overcrowded to the point of being dangerous,
according to some operators, but Geraldton remains the State’s key
kite-surfing centre and there’s plenty of room to move. Point Moore,
Coronation Beach and Separation Point are some of the wide, open beaches
where there’s room to spread out. Unlike Kalbarri, there are no cliffs to get
tangled up in. You can get repairs to your kit in Geraldton, but equipment
hire isn’t an option anywhere. It speaks volumes about the extreme nature
of the sport that you need to buy your own gear.
Elsewhere, there’s good flat-water kite-surfing in Cervantes and
Lancelin (the latter gives you a wave as well). When the wind’s from the
south-west, make the 4WD trip to Wedge Island.
In the south, Augusta owns the kite-surfing kudos. The inlet’s flat
water offsets the waves of Flinders Bay, making it a great spot for learners
and experts. And you only have to look at the Perth skyline of an afternoon
to know the city beaches are exemplary. Western Australian Kite Surfing
Association (WAKSA) president Justin O’Malley lists his favourites.
Leighton and Dutch Inn - Bear in mind that nearby Cottesloe
Beach is off limits.
Woodman Point - Getting some international recognition
for its flat water conditions.
Shoalwater Bay - Good flat water.
Scarborough - The south end.
Mullaloo - Check the restrictions before hitting the water.
Beginners can access one of many kite-surfing schools around
Perth. WAKSA has a list. Justin strongly suggests learning from a
legitimate operator – it can be a dangerous sport without proper
instruction. WAKSA is also good for advice, plus its events and social
calendar. The big summer event is Kitestock 2011, in Port Denison and
Dongara from February 11-13. It’s a participation-focused event but
there are competitions, including a 25km downwind race.
Patience, mountain bikers. The Munda Biddi Trail is edging closer to its
2012 completion date with the opening of the newest section between
Nannup and Manjimup. Off -road cyclists can check out this virgin bit
of track around autumn. If you’ve already cycled the 500km of track
between Mundaring and Nannup, you’ll notice the new stretch is the
first to take in some significant stands of karri. It’s particularly scenic
where the trail follows the Donnelly River. Several bridge river crossings
are also a feature of this new stretch, along with a new campsite – with
valley views – about a day’s ride east of Manjimup. Be among the first
to get on it – when the finishing touches go on the trail in Albany in mid
2012, the annual bike traffic is expected to be around 25,000.
Kite-surfers in action
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