Why we started the club…
The Kernow Kitesurf Club (covering cornish locations) was created from a need to be able to manage and protect some of our amazing Cornish kite beaches from bans and restrictions.
The impetus for this was a drive to overcome an outright kitesurfing ban at The Bluff / Hayle River Mouth by the harbour authority, who were concerned that kiting could become a safety issue for the passing Fishing boats.
Working with the Harbour authority and the support of local kitesurfers and the BKSA, the ban was lifted and we now continue to work closely to ensure that no more issues of concern occur at the Bluff and at several other beaches around the county.
For Visitors the beaches with restrictions you need to be aware of can be found on the KKC Kitesurfing Spot Guide
Daymer Bay & Hawkers Cove – near Rock and Padstow has an outright ban in July and August between 10am and 6pm.
Perranporth has zoned areas you can kite in along the beach.
The Bluff at Hayle You need a Bluff Pass to be able to kite here and accept the necessary terms and conditions and ensure you have current 3rd Party Insurance.
For local kiters joining the BKSA also allows them to pay a small supplementary fee and enjoy many benefits by becoming a KKC Member too.
Third party Insurance covering Kitesurfing (and now Wing Foiling) – A training subsidy is available to supplement coaching from any of the local BKSA registered schools / coaches – Discount from the local shops – Social events and activities.
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As a county with the longest shore line in the UK we are blessed with amazing beaches and coupled with our position sticking out into the Atlantic, offers unparalleled wave locations as well. In any wind direction you can find a location suitable for your ability be it flat water, coastal chop or pumping waves and has resulted in a popular kiting fraternity.
If you wing foil you can also add Stithians Lake near Redruth to you options, it is not however available for Kitesurfing.
These are ably supported by qualified and enthusiastic schools and shops.
Schools Shops and Coaching
Starting in the West with the scenic St Michaels Mount as a backdrop, Marazion and Long Rock has three businesses that actively support our members.
Lee Harvey or Pasty as he is equally well known by has been coaching kiting for more years than anyone can remember. With numerous national wave titles to his name he offers specialst clinics for Wave Riding as well as Foiling and also intermediate twin tip riders.
The Hoxton Special Kite School is based in the Old Life Guard Hut and is smack bang in the middle of Long Rock and Marazion Beach. They are open seven days a week in the summer months 10-5:30. They are happy to show you the beach, offer you any advice and provide a friendly, and relaxed environment for you and your family (if you bring them.) They have a webcam which works when they are open and a coffee machine to warm you up again after your session. thehoxtonspecial.com
Ocean High operates from the Marazion, Folly Fields car Park but does teach along with the other local coaches at spots relevant to the prevailing conditions. Also works with Lodeys which is based just behind the centre of the beach on the way to Long rock which stock kite gear…… oceanhigh.co.uk
Centrally Located near Falmouth Peter Stephens has been involved in Kitesurfing from the outset. Running Kitesurfkit.com he retails Duotone Kiteboarding gear and offers KKC members a 10% discount – He is often happy to meet at the beach to deliver orders or to lend demo kit kit if the conditions permit. Recently he has set up the first Wing Foiling School in Cornwall based at Mylor Yacht Harbour near Falmouth kitesurfkit.com
CS Watersports Academy are a kitesurfing, SUP and surf school and shop based at the Bluff and in the heart of Newquay. Offering everything from high end kitesurfing tuition to complete novices.
They boast a wide range of equipment and also run a successful Youth Academy, promoting new youngsters into the sport as well as helping young kitesurfers progress along their kitesurfing journey. Craig Smith has many years in the Kitesurfing trade Check out their Website: cswatersportsacademy.com
Atlantic Riders based at Watergate Bay, specialise in 1:1 and 2:1 coaching for Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced kitesurfers in North Cornwall. We use the latest Cabrinha equipment and BB Talkin, 2-way radio helmets to deliver instant feedback and coaching on sessions. Owned and run by Will Bennet, former World tour competitor and National champion. Will has been coaching Kitesurfing for 19 years, is a BKSA Advanced Coach and Examiner, teaching proficient kitesurfers to become instructors. atlanticriders.co.uk