I'm already one of your happy customers (which one? Keep you
How much east do you need on a NE to make Wanda beach in Cronulla
reasonably sailable? I like to stay within swim distance of the
Jan. 1 I was in Kurnell about 3pm and it was freaky - 25 knots at the
beach, then 2 knots 100m out, then 25 knots again 500 meters out (I'm
not kiting that far out...). At Dolls Point I think it was 15 knots
for some reason....
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> > >Have been kiting all around Botany Bay for a while in every
> > >conceivable wind direction, would like to expand my horizons...
> > >
> > >1. Is Cronulla OK on a NE? How about SE? Is the shorebreak
> > >dangerous for an intermediate?
> Cronulla is one of the safest locations in Sydney in a SE, because
> cross onshore, and there are no obstacles downwind. It can be hard
> out the back if the surf is big, but the further north you kite in
> shorebreak, the easier it get to go out the back. Over at Boat
> from Wanda, there is the reef called Voodoo, it is awesome flat
> the reefs at low tide, and incredible waves to ride if you are
game. A crash
> out here is sketchy because you are a long way from shore if you
are on the
> outer reef.)
> In NE the wind can be a bit gusty close to shore, but is good once
you are a
> 100M or so offshore, it can be cross off to cross shore at Wanda to
> cross the reef at Voodoo/Boat Harbour.
> Recommended for intermediate and above, but good for begginers so
> they stay close to shore especially if the waves are big. (and they
> real big here!)
> > >2. Ditto for Maroubra. Which is better?
> Very dangerous and crowded beach, 30-50M high cliff are at each end
> beach, local surfers are aggressive about the breaks. Should only
> if you are prepared to have a kitemare on the rocks, beware of
> kiters once inside the wave breaking areas. Lifeguards will kick
you out if
> you kook it up at all!
> > >
> > >3. Is Manly open to kiting? Good on SE, NE?
> Kiteflying is banned at Manly beach while the lifeguards are around
> will enforce the ban, after they go home you may get away with it.
It is a
> very crowded beach with swimmers and surfers, it is one of the most
> places in Sydney by tourists. I have kited here, and it is good,
> need to be intermediate and above, stay out of the waves just kite
> back. People swim all day and night here, lots of people, lots of
> people around New Years and January, if you kite in the waves you
> probably hit someone eventually!
> > >
> > >4. Is there any spot in the northern beaches that works on a
> > >westerly/SW/NW?
> Longreef works in S to SW, can hold big waves, need to be
> Palm Beach, Pittwater side can work in NW, but you have a seaplane
> area immediately downwind of the launch and the pilot is very
> kites, and has caused some issues in the past. I do not recommend
> at all.
> Cya and
> Steve McCormack