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The Duck Pond and the Seafront - Places to Kite and Windsurf around Exmouth
The Duck Pond and the Seafront Exmouth is a great place to learn kitesurfing, we benefit from good prevailing winds and two locations each suited to various levels of kiteboarding expertise.
The Duck Pond
Best Direction - N, NW. Get out early, about 3 hours before high tide, so you can set up on the sand. Also workable on a W, or SW although can be gusty. NE comes across land.
The Duck Pond is ideal for beginners because it's unlikely that you'll go out of your depth (Make sure there's enough water to break your fall though).
The Duck Pond also benefits from fewer tourists in the Summer but there's still a lot you need to know so take a look at the guidelines.
For those kiting on Exmouth Duckpond, check the map for the area in which kiting is banned during October, November and December. Note, this is a voluntary ban. We need to ensure everyone sticks to it so that is does not become an official (and perhaps) total ban.
You can find more information on the reason for the ban here. Even if you do not care about the wildlife on the Exe, read the last paragraph. It explains very clearly, just how easy it would be to get a TOTAL BAN on kitesurfing on Duck Ponds.
Best Direction - Anything with South in. S (onshore), SE/SW (cross on). Also works on E and W (cross shore). Get out ideally when the sandbar starts to show 2 - 3 hours before low tide.
Exmouth seafront is suited to more advanced kiteboarders. The tide is fast and strong (Around 7 knots) and in peak season, there's a lot of traffic on the water from windsurfers, jetskiers and petrol-heads to trawlers and luxury yachts. Make sure you read these guidelines below even if you think you know the area well.
Exmouth Seafront Guidelines
- The main navigation channel runs very near the beach. Please stay well clear of all vessels.
- Retreat to a safe area outside the navigation channel to allow approaching vessels to pass.
- Learn and abide by maritime right of way rules.
- Stay well clear of bathing areas when in use.
- Do not practice on the beach.
- Do not launch or land in crowded areas.
- Disable kites when not in use.
- Except when launching and landing, do not fly your kite over the beach, either when on the beach or when sailing.
- Currents are very strong here. Seek advice from local kitesurfers. The seafront is not for beginners.
- Use a kite-leash and safety system and ensure they work properly. Do not cross the road flying your kite.
- Read the local code of conduct.
- 3rd party insurance is very strongly recommended.
If in doubt, Don't go out