Cornwall is a very underrated spot for Kitesurfing; we have a reliable prevailing south-westerly and blue Atlantic waters that meet 400 miles of coastline. Given the shape of Cornwall, it gives us many options and variety, and you’ll rarely find more than a handful of kites out at any given time. Beyond Kitesurfing Cornwall is the most southern point of the UK and it has an interesting history of traditional industries such as mining and fishing.
I’ve listed the main beaches that we kite at and cover all directions however there are many many more, visit the Kernow Kitesurf Club page to find information for the numerous other spots.
Wind and Weather
Our conditions offer every kind of riding; we can get anything from foiling wind up to 60knt storms and everything in the middle. Generally, Autumn and spring, September to November and March to May, offer the best combination of wind and sea/air temperature. However, wind throughout the winter is very reliable wind; you have to brave the cold. The seasoned hardcore will kite all year round with a 6/5mm wettie from November-March, it’s cold but manageable!
Our prevailing wind comes from the SW; however, we get every direction, and given the shape and size of Cornwall, we have a spot for every wind direction within a 30-minute drive. A typical day is around 25-30 knots, and most 75 kg-twintip riders have 7/9/12m. Our swell generally comes from the North and can get big, so all of the North Coast spots get good surfable waves or kickers, depending on your style. We have big tidal ranges so be sure to check the tide times and our recommendations for when to go! Windguru seems to be pretty accurate for most of the spots.
A car is king in Cornwall! We have a large coastline and there are lots of secluded beaches to explore, best done by car. There are a small number of buses and trains, but few of the kiting beaches are accessible by these. For evenings, there are taxis available in the towns.
Food and Drink
Pasties - the ultimate fast comfort food for kite surfers on the go and the freshest fish and chips you’ll find anywhere in the world! From Smokey Joe’s gut buster to Rick Stein’s super-deluxe, we’ve got some of the best, freshest food for every taste and budget and generally skimping on portion size is considered a heinous crime. It’s easy to find and eat local.
Cornwall is made up of small rural towns, so don’t expect the wildest clubbing experience. However, there are plenty of pubs and from Thursday to Saturday, the bars in the towns get quite busy late into the evening. Newquay is where most of the nightlife activity is. However, the other towns have their fair share of bars, including Falmouth, which is the University town.
There is a broad range of no wind activities. There are the usual no wind watersports like paddleboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, etc. We have extensive coast paths that follow the cliffs around Cornwall to many secluded beaches. In the towns, there are a good variety of restaurants, galleries and shops. Fishing is a big staple in the Cornish community and history, so be sure to visit the traditional fishing villages such as Newlyn and Porthleven.
Dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century we do have fast internet around Cornwall; it can get a bit patchy on some of the beaches though! Most built-up areas have good 4G so working remotely isn’t an issue.
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Commonly known as Mazza, this spot is the mecca of Cornish Kitesurfing. It has it's very own Island Castle which is pretty epic and worth a visit in itself. The bay more or less mirrors the Golden miles, so when the direction doesn't work for the North Coast, then Mazza will be working, anything from E-SW. When it's E, it's worth heading down to Longrock to avoid the gusty wind that goes over the mount! It's not allowed to kite 2 hours either side of high and be aware of the sea wall when setting up.
Head over to The Hoxton Special for a coffee and kite chat in between sessions; they're on the coast path between Long Rock and Marazion. During storms, this spot can get a large surfable swell, it's not regularly more than 4ft, but there's always a fun lump to slash with a strapless. The prevailing is right foot forward kickers.
- Wind: E-SW
- Waves: Yes
- Shorebreak: Yes
This is probably my favourite spot in the world! The bay stretches for 7 miles and gives you every kind of condition you could want. Starting at the south side is Hayle estuary, this spot works on anything from a WSW to NE, WSW being gusty and side off but lining the waves us perfectly.
As the tide falls, lagoons will emerge, which are perfect for flat water freestyle, to the edge of the estuary you'll get left foot forward kickers, avoid bang high as it can get choppy. The estuary has a strong water movement so is an intermediate area, on an ebbing tide you can lose your board out to sea in a matter of seconds.
Novices can go to the right of the estuary and in the sea where there are large flat sections between the waves. For kiting in the estuary you must get a Bluff pass, this can be arranged through the Kernow Kitesurf Club Facebook page, the rest of the beach does not require this if you're going there more than once it pays for itself as it gives you free parking.
As you move towards the W of the bay, the waves are generally better, and it's a huge playground. Be aware during the bigger wind and swell days; this area can get raw and is for advance kiters only, keep an eye out for rips and ask locals if you're unsure. The beach is not lifeguarded during the winter.
- Wind: WSW to NE
- Waves: Yes
- Shorebreak: Yes
When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Cornwall?
The windy months to go kitesurfing in Cornwall are March, April, May, October, November, December
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Kitesurfing Videos and News in Cornwall
4 years ago
Storm Ellen brought in southerly winds reaching 40 kts, and the crew in Cornwall were there to reap the benefits! Location: Marazion
5 years ago
I let my mate go in first to make sure it was windy enough! These guys had a mad weekend kitesurfing in 50-65 MPH winds,...
7 years ago
We'd always rather it be windy!! Entertaining little edit from BiscuitsAlive comparing windy and not windy days! Any kitesurfer will understand. :)
7 years ago
Who else cycles to the beach with all their kit? Impressive stuff. Customised my Calibre Dune fatbike to serve as my - K.B.T.S. (Kitesurf Beach...
7 years ago
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey takes the new North Kiteboarding Ace for a spin on his foil. Ideal conditions for it! North Kiteboarding Ace 14.5m 1st test...
7 years ago
The UK saw the return of strong winds this weekend! Check out this edit where a group of mates head out very overpowered in Cornwall....
8 years ago
Cornwall has got a huge variety of amazing spots to kite! Watch as Craig Smith & George Dufty make the most of the conditions we...
8 years ago
Brave or stupid to launch a kite in Storm Imogen with winds up to 90mph??? We highly recommend that you DO NOT attempt to kitesurf...
8 years ago
Yesterday brought strong winds and large waves to the UK. Watch as Lee 'Pasty' Harvey kitesurfs the chunky overhead swell at the Bluff in Cornwall....