The Ultimate Kitesurfing Guide to Cornwall
Ciao bloggins followers, it’s been a bit quite on here recently, I’ve been body surfing more than anything (actually true – I’m really enjoying it) as the surf and wind have been a little lacklustre, so I’m going to make up for it over the next two weeks by posting a mini spot guide for no less than SIXTEEN different kitesurfing locations in Cornwall. You won’t find info on car parking, coffee shops, showers and public toilets, all that info is already on a map. Instead this is a guide to what it’s actually like to kitesurf at these places.
Over the years I’ve been fortunate to go kitesurfing in some pretty diverse locations from Madagascar to Maui, via Mauritius and Morocco with Marseille in between, plus about twenty other countries that don’t begin with M. Whether I’m away for a weekend or a month, whether the conditions have been alright or spellbinding, I’m always happy to get back to Cornwall to what in my experience, are some of the best kitesurfing spots anywhere on Earth. The fact that these spots are packed so closely to one another, buffeted by powerful Atlantic winds (you could buy a 9m and wait for those days, there’s enough of them – maybe a 5m for the crazy days), set against stunning wild backdrops and are largely empty most of the year really seals the deal.
So I’ve written a guide to sixteen different spots but it’s by no means a complete list of places you can kite in Cornwall. A couple of the locations I’m just listing as secret spots, they are not for me to give away but you may already know the places and perhaps would appreciate the information. I don’t think that publishing this guide on the internet will increase crowds, I think that if someone wants to come kitesurfing in Cornwall they’ll do it anyway and there’s already plenty of info in there, but I do get a lot of questions from people asking where is good in certain directions and so on. My feeling is that if people know about a few more places, well, it might even spread crowds, but more importantly, they’ll be able to get to the spot that suits them for their skill level and type of riding. For example, have you ever been hacked off with a beginner with their kite up at 12 o’clock whilst you’re setting up for your kiteloop? Or have you ever been ticked off with a twin-tipper jumping waves whilst you’re heading down the line? Or maybe you’re a learner who’s pissed off with intermediate kitesurfers buzzing you? We’re all gonna be getting in the way sooner or later!
This guide is based upon my experiences and this is what I would tell someone if they asked for my opinion, so you may not automatically agree with all of it. If you feel that I have put too much information about a sensitive spot, please explain why and I’ll sort it if needs be. If you want to add to the info in this guide, please sound off in the comments in the box below each location as it appears. If some of the info is wrong, likewise let me know.
Most of all this is a guide to some places that you can read for a bit of stoke and fun, and if you’ve got a similar guide running on your blog, please send me a link because I’d love to check it out.
All the best,