Nicknamed the KFC kite spot. As KFC is 50m away (oh yeah)
Suitable for – Intermediate to Expert
Ideal wind directions – 10knots + Northerly, Easterly or Southerly (can be gusty on a southerly)
Best tidal range – Lower tides work best, be careful as the tide fills in the water gets deep very fast and there can be quite a sweep generated by the current. At high tide there is barely any beach. BE CAREFUL & Always launch with the kite facing the water
Max tide for safe beach launch – 2m (It is possible to launch from the grass. However it is not advised due to trees
Accommodation – Yes
Facilities – Grassed area to pump up kites. Nearest Public toilets, bars, restaurants, fast food shops and mini-marts are all a short drive from the launch area. (Australia Fair Shopping Centre)
Located – 15 minutes north of Surfers Paradise. Next to KFC Southport
This is one of the more busy flat water spots on the Gold Coast and can get extremely busy on weekends during peak holiday season. Watch out for other riders and bystanders. Can get choppy depending on the tides. Lots of boat activity. Keep an eye out. KNOW RIGHT OF WAY Rules for windsurfers. Starboard tack has priority!
It is recommended if you are a confidant rider that you ride over to the sandbar in the middle and ride around there. Just be careful that the wind doesn’t drop out. Or you will be swimming back!
Park vehicles and pump up kites in the grassed area near the car park, and then walk down to the sandy beach to rig and launch.
Things to be aware of:
– On high tides, basically anything over than 1.5m, it can get very deep very quick!
– Steer well clear of the creek inlet, there are boats coming in and out of here often. It is easy to get stuck up there and near the bridge with no room to ditch the kite.
– Watch out for boats and jet skis, as this is a heavily used boating channel. If you are not confident rider stay close to shore and do not ride within the channel.
– Especially when there is a large tidal cycle on, the tide comes in/goes out incredibly fast. Make sure you don’t leave your pump, etc lying on the sand unless you know how the tide works there.
– Stingrays are also occasionally around the shallow sand flats. They will only sting you if you step directly on to them. So, if you are doing a lot of walking in shallow water while kiting, then do the stingray shuffle – keeping the feet close to the bottom, rather than stomping around. Also making a bit of a commotion in the water before touching the bottom is a good idea – the ray will sense the vibrations and swim away before your foot lands on it.