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Kitesurfing has grown considerably in popularity in recent years,
and WA is one of the best locations for kitesurfing in the world.
Here’s how to get the most out of the exhilarating sport
Kitesurfing as a spor t is under
increasing pressure to reduce its impact
on other beach users. Interstate and
overseas kiters are encouraged to seek
advice from local kiters before heading
out, and to use the location guides
on the WA Kite Surfing Association
winds, it’s not for beginners. This the closest
kite spot to the CBD. Point Walter, meanwhile,
is for early morning, easterly winds. One of few
metro locations that can be kited on otherwise
offshore winds. Ask locals for advice on launch
and landing tips.
Lancelin | About 90km north of Perth, Lancelin
provides for all styles of kiting, with a mix
of both flat water and waves. This must-do
location frequently gets winds of 25 knots or
more, making it a small-kite destination much
of the time. Think 10m and smaller! Kiters are
advised not to pump up, launch or land on the
grassed area adjacent to the windsurf school,
and with a large number of windsurfers also on
the water, kiters are reminded that right-of-
way rules should be adhered to strictly.
Geraldton | Four-and-a-bit hours north, Gero is
renowned for its strong winds and sensational
kiting. Try Point Moore and Coronation Beach
(Corro’s), about 20km north of Geraldton itself,
and where you can also camp.
Margaret River | There are big waves and
big winds to be found here – definitely for
experienced kiters only. Try Mainbreak for
awe-inspiring waves, or Boat Ramps (just
around the corner) for something less crazy.
Augusta | One of the best flat-water locations
in the state. Shielded by a sometimes-blocked
Blackwood River mouth, it is great in howling
south-west or south-easterly winds.
itesurfing is at its peak in WA for
the first two to three months of the
year. The Fremantle Doctor is the
bait that brings kitesurfers from
interstate and overseas, especially tourists
arriving during the northern hemisphere’s
winter months. Here is our pick of summer
locations that will fulfill most styles and
interests for kiters, plus a look at where to go
to see the latest freestyle moves for the coming
northern hemisphere competitive season.
Rockingham and Safety Bay | The Pond (in front
of the Safety Bay Yacht Club) is a well-known
flat-water freestyle haven, popular with local
and international kiters, especially Europeans
(referred to as “Touros”). For the more
experienced kiter who knows the difference
between a KGB and a slim chance.
Shoalwater Bay | Named after Penguin
Island and a one-minute drive around the
corner from The Pond, Pengo’s is one of the
better locations around Perth for free-ride and
cruising. Find more space, fewer kiters and a
much less intense location here, but keep an
eye out for learners.
Brighton Beach | Just south of Scarborough,
this is for kiters looking for a surf destination.
Head to the southern end of the car park and
use the grassy area adjacent to the Brighton
kiosk to pump up. Then it’s onto the beach
to launch and land. Launch and landing
zones at Brighton are in place – keep an eye
out for signage and ask for directions from
Swan River | There are a few accessible spots on
the Swan. Pelican Point has a south-west sea
breeze, but with a small launch area and gusty
• Kitestock January 26-29 Dongara Denison
Organisers are expecting 400 participants plus
their families and friends for Australia’s biggest
kitesurfing event. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kitesurfing at the Cocos
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