Cornwall Kitesurf Guide No. 1: Daymer Bay
Ultimate all-terrain with wave bias
Head to Polzeath in North Cornwall and you won’t go gar wrong, it’s the beach just to the south.
Wave rating: 4/5
Flat water rating: 4/5
I would give Daymer Bay 5/5 on both scores if only it lingered around its magic tide heights a little longer. Finding flat water is pretty simple, just turn up at low tide. But there’s a magic hour when the waves on the point really turn on – to be honest, I don’t actually know when that is. I just turn up when people who know more tell me to. The wave can be very intense and get very big with a ‘Guru forecast of 3m at 12 seconds and beyond, generally it’s a bit smaller than the main beaches as it needs to ‘wrap in’, but beware as MONSTER sneaker sets will come through.
As ever, a low tide reccy will tell you what you need to know. The River Camel is deep, you cannot stand in it. As the sand covers with water, you’ll be able to stand a fair way from the shore.
As the bay fills right up, the wave continues to roll right into the beach – it’s very long – twenty turns on one wave or minute long rides are not exceptional. However, you will be doing a fair few cutbacks and it’s not steep all the way, but this really makes it perfectly suited for kitesurfing. A North West wind will allow you to make better use of it all through the tide, whereas a North possibly gives cleaner waves.
There are rocks close to the point so don’t f*** up there or you’ll be in trouble. The rips are horrendous and a lost board in a fast ebbing tide will be gone forever. There are bad wind shadows around Brae Hill, you’ll figure them out soon enough, but combined with Hawker’s Cove, Daymer Bay is certainly one of the best places I’ve ever kitesurfed, if not the best.
Bar a few rocks which are plainly visible, this is another huge, open launch at low tide. High tide can suffer wind shadows.
Head here in a North Westerly wind for a memorable day.
July and August, no kiting between 10am and 6pm.
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