Wednesday morning: I can hear the birds singing and the sound of the trees as they move about. It must be windy already. I open my eyes and I’m relieved to find out that my new swag performed well on its first journey. It’s still in one piece after a windy night. I open my window and the first thing I notice is the beautiful white sandy beach and the clean blue Indian Ocean. I’m in Western Australia!
- The Outdoorsy Lifestyle
It’s 9:00am. Scotty is already cooking breakfast for everyone; eggs and bacon. Yes! The whole crew is starving after kiting every day this week. I prepare a few cups of instant coffee. I sit down on the beach with my cuppa and realise that I never drink instant coffee at my home in the city. Here, in WA, everything is so simple. The quality of the coffee or the clothes you’re wearing don’t matter. Most people here have a 4WD and yet are ready to go camping, explore the endless sand dunes or walk for long distances on the white sandy beaches during any weekend.
- Consistent Wind
Have you ever counted the number of windy days of the week when you go kiting? In Perth, one counts the number of non-windy days because they can finally rest without feeling guilty for missing out on a windy day. The wind usually picks up early in the afternoon and lasts until sunset. The wind is usually 20+ knots, sometimes even stronger (25+ knots).
3. The Variety of Kite Spots
Flat water or waves? One of the most important reasons why we love to go kiting in the West Coast of Australia is because it offers a wide range of conditions that suit most kite boarders’ preferences. If you want to practice your freestyle tricks, you don’t have to go far from Perth to find butter flat water. Our favourite kite spot is, as the locals call it, ‘the Woodies’ (Woodman Point), where you’ll find 3 beaches. The advanced riders are to be found in the third shallow beach, where the offshore wind creates butter flat water.
Safety bay is a world class spot where (if you are lucky) you’ll find professional kite boarders practicing their best jumps. It’s a truly unique location. It is also safe, shallow and flat. It then hence often gets crowded.
Lancelin is a small town (about an hour’s drive from Perth to the North). There are a few great camping spots to choose from in Lancelin. You’ll find a small but friendly windsurf and kitesurf community too. Lancelin is best for kiting in high tide when the chops disappear from the water surface. There is a reef about 100 m from the beach, which generates small waves for those who prefer wave riding.
For the more adventurous type, don’t miss out on crossing to Boullanger Island from Jurian Bay to have the most epic flat-water session with a wind from the South.
In WA, you’ll find plenty of long beaches that provide fantastic opportunities for down-winder kite trips. Don’t miss out on visiting Wedge Island if you have a 4WD vehicle. For those who chase the waves – Coronation beach is a must!
4. The Weather
WA is the second largest state in the world. Therefore, the climate is quite different on each part of WA: Mediterranean in the South, tropical in the North and desert in the East.
The weather in Perth (and its surrounding) during the summer is hot and dry. If you like camping, you don’t need to worry much about the rain. Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia with an average of 9 hours of sunshine a day.
During the night however, the temperature falls to 15 °C – so make sure to pack the right sleeping bag! The wind in the summer is mainly from the South and it can be cold. You will not have sessions where you can wear bikinis in WA, so make sure you take your wetsuit!