Kitesurfing in Sydney & Australia

Are you flying to Sydney and looking to do some kitesurfing? Are you just learning to kitesurf and don’t know where to start?

Kitesurfing in Sydney has it’s restrictions! We have all the information you need to know and are local in Sydney so have real first hand experience of all the best locations for any ability and the local weather conditions and restrictions you should know about.

If you are about to fly or have already landed in Australia there are lots of resources available to you for information. you should start your research over at www.aksa.com.au (Kiteboarding Australia) and if you are in New South Wales then you need to look at www.nswkba.com.au. If you are here for a long period you should consider getting 3rd party insurance via either of those websites. NSWKBA has great maps and google map resources for locations and restrictions. Please take the time to look around the maps to see the restrictions near you. Sydney Harbor and Bondi are pretty much out of bounds in Sydney, you may see a few locals kiting at these spots occasionally but please don’t be tempted to follow them, they are breaking the rules.

You next resource will be www.seabreeze.com.au. This website is a huge resource and has a good forum full of opinions about the best kite or board, beware of the internet troll and keyboard warrior in the forums! There is however lots of useful information buried away and the rest of the site has very valuable resources like live wind charts for pretty much the whole country, swell and tide information, second hand gear for sale and a place that you can sell your gear. Seabreeze will become your daily habit checking the wind graphs!

A lot of the best locations in Australia are out in the open sea, this can be daunting to many people who are only used to flat water or have just started out kitesurfing. Australia has waves! They will always be here, you can either embrace them or avoid them, thankfully there are lots of resources available on the web to see how big the waves will be before you decide to get to the beach along with live surf cameras that help you see what is going on live. There are many, too many to list but the ones we use are www.surfit.com, www.coastalwatch.com.au, www.willyweather.com.au,

Another fantastic weather and conditions resource in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology  www.bom.gov.au. This is the source for a lot of the data used by other sites. The rain radar is very useful along with the ocean conditions charts. There is a lot of info here so take some time to look around.

Getting to know your local kite shop is also a great way to get information and meet people, kiters love hanging about the shop before the wind picks up so get to know them and ask about where you are going, maybe one of them will take you to the ‘secret’ spot the locals go to :) Google search will be your friend here..

As a last stop, take the time to look about on our site and email us any questions you may have. Remember to sign up for our newsletter using the sign up on the right side of the page to get all our website updates to your inbox.

Remember, kitesurfing can be dangerous for both yourself and others on the beach and water. Tale care and don’t do anything silly.

Local Coaching and Lessons for Stand up paddling & Kitesurfing.

Local Coaching and Lessons for Stand up paddling & Kitesurfing.

If you are up on the Northern Beaches and looking for lessons in either kitesurfing, kiteboarding or Stand up paddle boarding the options can be pretty slim. One of our good buddies James Casey has just become a fully qualified IKO kitesurfing instructor and is willing to share his vast experience of kiting and stand up paddle boarding with you.

I’ve not seen many wave / surf oriented SUP lessons before so it is good to see this angle being covered.

James is pretty handy on a kite and incredible on a SUP. I’ll be hitting him up for some SUP surf sessions I think.

check out https://www.facebook.com/kitesupcoaching

James Casey coaching kitesurf sup

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New kite boarding location guide for Sydney and beyond

Hi All,

This will probably be a little controversial but to keep up a good solid base of information about kite surfing in Sydney and NSW we’ve made a new locations guide google map! This should end up being a good reference to everyone and whilst it will never be complete and may ruffle a few feathers we believe its in everyone’s best interest to highlight the local dangers at some of these spots. (rocks, dangerous currents, power lines etc)

The guide is aimed at visitors to Sydney, learners and people looking to progress their skills and try out new spots. We’ll also post up some downwinder routes for the more macho kiter.

Some of this info is out in the web already but i doubt its being maintained and added to. So have fun and head on over to the new page!

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WINDY!! Sydney is cranking

You’d have to be living in a cave right now to not notice that Sydney has wind! In fact, it’s spankingly windy!

I’m looking at the charts and seeing 30knots+ down south and a good 20knots on the Northern Beaches! Looking at the cams at 6pm (I’m still in the office!) I can see kites everywhere! If you didn’t know about the surfit.com cams you can click on the cam links to Manly, Narra, Longy etc from the ‘Wind, Sea & Forecasts’ menu up the top.

The rest of the week is looking pretty good too for the Sydney based kite enthusiast with NE’ers every day this week.

Hope you all had a great ‘Stralia Day. Crews were up north at Old bar, Down south at Ulladulla and probably everywhere in between. Personally I’m tired, sore and sunburnt! I’m hoping to have some good footage to put up on the site soon :)

Laters, kite safe.

Pete

Smokey Kurnell images

The past week in Sydney has been a difficult one for many. With hundreds of homes burnt in the Blue Mountains fires. Our thoughts are with those that have lost so much to the fires and we hope that if they were started deliberately those responsible are dealt with accordingly.

Last weeks Friday fires on the 17th of October 2013 resulted in a smoke cloud being blown over Sydney causing some of the most bizarre lighting conditions I’ve ever seen. There is something about the smoke that seems to filter out some wavelengths of visible light that causes colours to pop and seem very surreal.

Local Kurnell kiter Jess Digs managed to get down late in the evening after the worst of the smoke had cleared and snapped these great shots through the smoke. Yep, that is not cloudy cold conditions its a dry, 30c+ smokey day in Sydney.

Well done Jess.
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October long weekend forecast **UPDATED **

Hey Crew,

** UPDATE SATURDAY LUNCHTIME **

The low pressure system that was meant to be leaving a slight southerly trend has moved further offshore and this is leaving us with a small temperature driven seabreeze starting to come into Sydney. I’m still dubious that it will amount to anything as looking up and down the coast we’ve got wind coming in from every direction! Keep an eye on it and you might be lucky :)

** END UPDATE **

The long weekend is so nearly upon us and I can’t wait to get out of the office and get into the water for a few days. There is quite a lot happening this weekend in terms of activity with groups of people heading to Old Bar for a kite mission and a few heading down to Jervis Bay. A few of us had a look into heading to Jervis for the weekend but it’s PACKED! Every rental house we looked at was booked out, must be something to do with school holiday, a long weekend and a billion sailors turning up in big grey tinnies!

Unfortunately looking at the charts for the weekend shows a slow southerly momentum to the wind that I’m sure the heat and attempted sea breeze will kill off. That huge slab of high pressure that is lurking over us is the problem and the low is just providing that slight southerly breeze. Down to Sunday-Monday you can see the front sliding through Sydney that should push some wind in but only for a short period, could be late Sunday arvo or Monday morning but sods law says it will be at night.

So what else is there to do? There are lots of big tinnies to look at in the harbour, a huge-mungous fireworks display on Saturday night, Silvan and Sarah’s leaving bash. Might be a good day to rent a stand-up and give that a go, fly model planes or crazy golf. Nat and I will probably head to North Head on Saturday night for the fireworks if anyone wants to catch up.

That’s about it, not the news we wanted but there isn’t anything we can do it about it so best to just keep busy or earn some partner-points to cash in on a windy one.

Have Fun..

Pete & Rob

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Breeze on! Thursday 3rd.

Hi all. Just looking at the charts at about 10am and it looks like a good southerly should make its way into Sydney today. When I checked the sea at DY this morning it looked like there wasn’t much swell coming in yet but that should change as the day goes on.

By my going well see a good 25+ knots hit us in the next hour so watch out if you are tempted to stick up a big kite and its going to keep blowing all night.

I’m stuck at work but I’m sure a few peeps will get down to beach for a session.

Have fun.

NSWKBA Season Opener 2013 – Northern Beaches Style

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Hi All,

The great guys over at NSWKBA.com.au are hosting the 2013 North Side season opener at Narrabeen on Oct 13th. Looks like there will be a Big Air Comp, Demo kites, Clinics and more. There is – as always – a BBQ, music and bar. Hosted at the Narrabeen Surf club this event should be great! If it’s like last year we had cranking surf and brilliant wind. Good on ya NSWKBA.

kitesurfing.com.au will be in attendance to help raise profile for the site and take some photos etc. Hopefully Pete is all fixed up and can get out for the big air comp!

Be there or be the odd one out!

Pete

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KITE LOCATIONS IN SYDNEY

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If you are new to Sydney or thinking about travelling here for a kitesurfing holiday or for work then you will probably want to know where you can and more importantly can’t kitesurf.

Thankfully the guys over at NSWKBA have a reasonably comprehensive list of locations that are suitable for all levels. There is a lot of information to absorb so have a good look around.

It’s not a totally comprehensive list but has the majority of safe places that won’t get you into trouble. Click one of the buttons below to take you to the locations pages.

We will also post up some of our own location info with more details about our spots local to us in the future.

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