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Pelican Point | The Swan River offers sailing in
any wind direction, and it can get crowded at
this location, so stay upwind of the kites. For
the more advanced windsurfer, there can be
good runs right across the river. Watch out for
ferries and powerboats. The pay parking (there’s
a three-hour limit) quickly fills up, but there’s
a good kids play area, barbecues and toilets.
Equipment rental and lessons are available from
beginner to advanced, with slalom training on
Wednesday nights until March. And if there’s no
wind? Rent a paddleboard.
Melville | The sand bar here creates a protected
area to sail in and a well-separated kite area.
Watch the depth at low tide. There are fewer
facilities than Pelican Point, although a couple of
shops do lessons at Melville by arrangement.
The Perth coast | Small waves at Dutch Inn
(south of Cottesloe) offer bump-and-jump
action, and Scarborough gives more advanced
sailors an opportunity to surf the shore break.
Watch out for the new exclusion zone, set up
from December 1 – read the signs for details.
Safety Bay | A protected pond south of
Rockingham, this is also challenging for open
ocean sailing further out. The wind can be
greater than in Perth and you’ll need a weed fin.
The local shop runs lessons.
North of Perth
Lancelin | Popular with visiting windsurfers
because it has both flat water and waves, it’s
best to go mid-week when there are fewer
people. Crowded during January, with the
Lancelin Ocean Classic.
Cervantes | Thanks to the new Indian Ocean
Drive, this is now only a short trip north from
Lancelin. It has awesome blue flat-water
blasting, but watch the depth at low tide.
Geraldton | This tends to be the windiest
location, with 4.2m sails not unusual. In
town, Point Moore (with the lighthouse) is the
place to sail, featuring flat water in close with
waves further out. The shops rent equipment.
About 25km north of town, Coronation Beach
is a good spot with a campsite and simple
facilities. It has a nice bay with waves on the
outside that are great for jumping. Any further
north tends to only be good earlier in the
season, around September and October. The
Cocos Islands are good during winter, around
July and August.
South of Perth
Esperance | With fine white sandy beaches,
turquoise water and fewer sailors, the
conditions can still be challenging, so ask for
local advice and don’t sail alone.
Walpole | A big inlet, this is a good place to sail
when visiting the giant trees.
Augusta | A protected bay in south-east winds
and the river mouth are both good in a south-
easterly. Launch from The Colourpatch cafe on
Albany Terrace. The water is flat but the wind
can be gusty due to the dunes.
Margaret River | For hardcore wave action
and to see some of the world’s best, head to
Surfers Point, down Surfers Point Road.
Watch out for large swell that breaks on to
the reef. Rig on the grass at the top of the
hill, and carry your gear down the steps to
the beach. Read the wave rules on the
plaque at the top of the stairs. Or just
watch the action from the car park on the
cliff above the sailing beach.
Visit www.windsurfingwa.org.au and
windsurfwa.com for more detailed info and events
• Pelican Point Slalom Wednesdays
until March Qantas boat ramp, Crawley
• Marathon January 1 Novara, Mandurah
• Waves January 7-8 Wedge Island
• Lancelin Ocean Classic Waves
January 12-13 Lancelin South Passage
• Lancelin Ocean Classic Marathon
January 14 Ledge Point to Lancelin
• Lancelin Ocean Classic Slalom
January 15 Lancelin Endeavour Tavern
• Waves January 21-22 Greenhead
• Slalom January 28-29 Fremantle
• Waves January 29 Wedge Island
• Waves TBA Surfers Point, Margaret River
• Drags February 18 Estuary, Mandurah
• WSP Drags March 3-4 Hopetoun
• Geraldton Waves
March 10-11 Coronation Beach
Photography Ben Pallant, Gunfire Images.
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