Port Noarulunga & SouthPort
The Southcentral Area is pristine and unrestricted at present. Please keep it this way by kiting safe, launching well away from others, kiting well away from other water and beach users, using a safety leash, and having membership with SAKSA. This website assumes you have SAKSA membership, (If interstate / international then your local membership) have taken kitesurfing lessons from one of our 2 schools on the home page or are a competent kitesurfer and water person. You kitesurf at your own risk.
The following information is to help you find our spots and kite there safely. Please say hello and join the group, that's the best way to keep our coast safe and free for all. If there are surf clubs and flags set up keep away from them, in in doubt ask the Surflifesaver where to keep clear of.
Christies Beach: Not kited generally at all, not recommended, cliffs and beach goers and swirling winds
Port Noalunga: Lovers lane - Esplanade end, Lumpy water, small waves, nice beach, good in southerly to westerly wind, lock your stuff up, prime theft spot. Note: commonly there are Surfclub swimming flags here, do not pass through them, regardless of how far out to sea you are. They are prohibited for us.
Southport - river outle at the south of Port Noalunga, access over the walkway to the surf club, great beach, long walk, keep clear of the beach goers and when the club are there get right away from them, always surfers of mixed ability. Best in west or NW wind when no one is around as its kite conditions only. Note: commonly there are Surfclub swimming flags here, do not pass through them, regardless of how far out to sea you are. They are prohibited for us.
Midcoast: there are any number of awesome little waves here. This is a heavilly surfed for small waves. When surfers are on the waves steer clear of them and they will be in groups so thats easy. It is tempting to get into the line up but don't. There are plenty of waves for kiters for most of the year and when surfing crowded there is access to many waves along this stretch. Try seaford bay and U-turns area, there will be surfers on these breaks but you can have it all in between. On stormy days you will have it to yourself, take care in winter when there is no beach and therefore no way of launching so forget it. Sea brezzes are fickle and will let you down around 4pm onwards turing offshore and dropping out. Frontal weater patters offer more consistency but a good SW pattern will lead to a nice long sea breeze pattern for that day in summer. At seaford look out for rocks the beach here can be savage and just under the water in some spots is a rocky reef.
Moana: Moana has a reserve ban for all vessles from the club to third ave, we have not seen it policed but thats your risk. best option is north down the stairs and kite the waves or south on the beach (you can drive on the beach during summer season - check the sign on the way onto the beach incase its closed). Most of the year you can kite here with some beach when other beaches are washed up. During peak summer there are hundreds of people all over it and sea breezes all along the mid coast are fickle. Take care, if there are too many people, just forget it. Note: commonly there are Surfclub swimming flags here, (normally directly out the front of the Surfclub) do not pass through them, regardless of how far out to sea you are. They are prohibited for us.
Maslins: not kited - head to the southern end if you like nude bathing, whatever floats your board
Port Willunga: Northerly wind spot on strong N to NW wind, great spot for most of the year when a north pattern is pumping. In summer sea breeze is useless here and there will be a Bondi / Hawaii class packed beach so avoid it. There will even be people packing it out when the weather sucks in a determination to be on the beach no matter what.
Snapper Point: Snapper point is one of the world class flat water and small wave spots in all of the whole of South Australia. It is however, tide dependant and needs a local tide of 1.2m and up before your twintip will clear the rocks. The area is 400m by 600m of perfect flat reef most of which you can stand on except for the rocks that dot the area. You need to check the rocks at the shore which are extremely sharp and hungry but when they are covered and then you are good to go. Have a launcher and lander, best in southern to northerly wind but usually weather pattern dependant, seabreezes can be dodgy. Also in summer the tides are often not usuable and its just a bit flat rock. If you want to kite here go out with the locals and get to know the spot, you will know kitesurfing like you never dreamed when its on. Snapper also is quite light on beach users as its not swimmer friendly. Lock you car up as its a long way out of sight.
Little Snapper: very rocky area but there is potential here for kitesurfing when there is less water over snapper, there is wind and there is a packed crowd at Aldinga Beach. kite with a buddy and you should be experienced to kite here.
Aldinga Beach: great spot for south to north west wind, very fickle in seabreeze and it will go offshore at the drop of a hat. SW patterns and a full seabreeze before 4.00pm is best or a proper weather pattern of wind. In summer this can be packed out and best avoided. Small waves in summer at best, but for the rest of the year with good winds and no one on the beach its great, you can drive on the beach at summer season but there is a fine during the prohibited season. I have never seen swimming flags on this beach but there is a boat launch on the northern end so look out for boaties, and swimmers all along the beach.
Normanville: Best spot for flat water in strong northerlies, the north wind during summer blows harder earlier and longer. Very popular beach goer spot so take care. Almost no real seabreeze, look for patterns of north or west. Walk up the beach and away from the families.
Waitpinga and Parsons: Usually not much on offer for kitesurfing, popular heavy wave for surfing but the wind never really seems to get in there even when windy in other locations. If you are there for a surf and the wind kicks you are lucky, very heavy wave and very powerful surf, you must be very competent to kite here.
Kent Reserve: one of the best kitesurfing spots with flat water in the front area to waves out the back for the experienced, this depends on the swell and some days it can be all flat and others pumping with massive swells through the bay. You get to kite across the bay to Granite Island and back and have the Bluff to the south with Wright and Seal island in the bay. Its a very special spot and quite unique. If you are a novice stick to the close shore area over the reef, otherwise kite out and look out for the exposed reefs and you will love this spot. Out the front of the beach there is a flat reef that is fairly safe when covered in water, however in very low tide the reef will dry out and then stick out and it is not safe to kite. Some days there are boats moored in teh bay and I have counted 3 kites so far hooked up in the masts. Note: stay well upwind from them, then there is no problem.
The biggest risk at this beach is beach goers, make sure you walk to the southern point and then launch, do not launch in the beach goers as it is quite a wind shadow. Also in light winds you will end up down to the northern end in the wind shadow and your kite will drop out the sky into a picnic lunch, so if in this situation go right downwind and clear the people. they are normally only in a small area so its not hard. Locals here can get pretty upset with stupid kiting, introduce yourself and ask, ask to be lanched and landed, we all do it, kitesurfing is NOT a loner sport, if you are a loner find another sport, otherwise enjoy the company of great people. Best in southerly winds to SSW, no good for northerly winds, offshore. There is a 4 knot limit in encounter bay so when close to shore keep away from other water users, also stay away from whales or like the jet skis we will be banned for most of the year.
Middleton: Wave spot, we usually kite at 'Rose Steet' its in between the surfers and the Day street surfers and surfing schools, also home to Andrew's learn2kite school. Go off the main road at Rose street and down to the most eastern carport (of 2) and there will be crew and kites, say hi and get into it. Caution: there is any number of surfers and families trying to surf in the shallows, they will bob up unanounced, try and keep away from them and get out into the waves, that's why you are there for the solid swells that Middleton offers perfect for kiting, why people stick around in the shallows in flat water trying to run kids over I have no idea, if its so light you can't ride the waves then head back to Kent. Middleton is best in West to Siouth East winds, but the best winds are SW. Seabreeze can be fickle and usually not enough to kite, best when the pattern is pusing up SW to SE wind and it feeds it in the afternoon. The other wind is the super strong SE pattern, all the surfers hate this wind as it destroys the waves for surfing but we love it, its on and its all ours. Note: commonly there are Surfclub swimming flags here, at Day Street, Chapman street carparks and often surf life saving competitions, do not pass through them, regardless of how far out to sea you are. They are prohibited for us. If you go through a surf lifesaving flag or competition you will have to answer to the entire surflife saving community and the State Government, why bother?
Goolwa: Wave Spot - Goolwa is similar to middleton with waves but they are larger but can be more chopped up in SW winds, SE wind is quite good as the bay wraps around and makes SE wind a bit better side shore. The best thing here is with a 4wd you can drive onto the beach and get away from the Goolwa beach goers who can pack the place out. Get on the beach and head east just a little way and you will see the local crew there. Again, keep out of the main Goolwa carpark swimmers, they only take up about 100m of beach and water so why cram them up. Note: commonly there are Surfclub swimming flags here, do not pass through them, regardless of how far out to sea you are. They are prohibited for us. they are always in front of the car park, head up the beach in a 4wd and get 2-3 ks away and enjoy the freedom. If you dont haev a 4wd walk west on the beach in SE wind and kite there and don't tack up into the swimming area. If SW wind walk East up the beach and same. If you dont know what direction the wind is move somewhere else. Also try Cliffs at Middleton Where Surfers Parade meets Waikki way, or Tahiti Tce and Tonga Way, there is a good bank usually at 'Tonga' and there is always less people there. From Goolwa go to the carpakrs at Boult Street as you can kite in a SE across the front of Tokuremour Reserve and have it usually to yourselves. The best thing about going East along the beach is that the further you go the more side shore the SE wind becomes, so get into it.
Milang: nice flat water river water spot with better seabreeze, be careful with boats and jetties etc.
Boggy Lake: one of the best seabreeze areas in the state. If you have been missing a kite and really want to just get some wind under the belt, head to boggy lake, its 20km west of wellington, there is a gate to enter and make sure you shut it as the farmer is very good to let us use it. This is flat fresh water and over the other side of the bay is glass flat water, its a novetly fun time, sea breeze kicks usually around 4pm when there is any southerly pattern in summer, its almost guaranteed wind. Avoid it in NE N and NW and even W wind, its really a sea breeze spot.
NOTE: The Goolwa lake is NOT recommended for kitesurfing, its gusty, full of hard objects, has multiple water and beach users and generally is very dangerous, we do not kite it and do not recommend it. Sugars Beach at the Coorong River mouth is also another popular spot, however technically being a National Park reserve kitesurfing is not a permitted activity, if you kite there then you take this risk.
Surfflags - these are obvious and are very important to stay away from, when in place try and get well away from them and do not pass through them even out to sea as its just not worth the arguments. There is a massive push for beach safety and the flags are the sacred cows for the lifesavers and swimmers so please just avoid them. Remember if you loose your board or kite and it rocks up into the flags you are responsible for any damage or personal injury this is why staying away with a safety zone is important and why even if you are out to sea your equipment can still get you into trouble.
I have shown common places where the Surfclubs set up flags, there may be many others.
Note that at Goolwa and Middleton the water is rough and often muddy in colour, this makes keeping an eye on swimmers extremely difficult, if they go under the water they cannot be seen. Surflifesavers have to keep a keen eye out and its very busy and difficult, just stay well away.