Cornwall Spot Guide No. 9: Gwithian
Left hand bombers!
Wave rating: 5/5
Flat water rating: 2/5
Doing this as a three part post featuring Gwithian, Mexico’s and The Bluff. I tend to head here in the winter and late autumn. From July to September, the best part of this beach is off limits: north of the large rock on the beach.
Gwithian is part of the large Hayle Sands beach that runs from Godrevy to St. Ives. It’s named after an ancient Celtic princess called Gwythyan and it feels like a mystical sort of place.
Quite a swell catcher, on a South to South West wind a bombing left-hander rattles across the bay requiring you to hit it at warp speed to make the sections. Gets quite hollow and rather mean on occasion. On days with a bit of West in them, Gwithian still holds a bit of shape but you may be better off at Mexico’s.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can work your way out to the reefs that lie offshore by the lighthouse. Go with at least two other kiters though, you’ll be so far out to sea your kite won’t be visible from shore.
I kite here around the low tide mark and clear off before it pushes in, cutting Gwithian off from Godrevy beach. Like this, there’s always loads of space.
South is cross off from the left, can be very up and down. South West is cross shore and more consistent. People kite here in a Northerly and North West.
11th July to 7th September between 10am and 6pm, no kiting at Gwithian (or Godrevy) north of the big rock pile on the beach. If in doubt, ask the lifeguards as they’ll be there at this time.
NEXT GUIDE: Mexico’s