World-class waves and consistent winds create perfect conditions for novices and professionals
On the global windsurfing and kitesurfing stage, Western Australia’s world-class waves and consistent winds create perfect port tack sailing conditions for novices and professionals alike. From the windsurfing capital of Geraldton to the surfing capital of Margaret River, Perth and beyond, you'll be hard-pressed to find more idyllic bumps, jumps, powerful breaks and flat water.
World-famous wave and wind action
Hit the long stretches of flat water and reef breaks of Lancelin that make this tiny crayfishing town famous as the home of the legendary Lancelin Ocean Classic windsurfing competition. Sheltered by outer reefs and islands, Lancelin is also a popular spot among intermediate and advanced kitesurfers and all just a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Perth.
Another three hours’ drive north brings you to one of the windiest spots on Australia’s west coast – WA’s windsurfing capital of Geraldton. When the strongest sea breezes roll in from November to March, make a beeline for the jumps and easy wave riding on Coronation Beach.
To test your skill on some of the most spectacular surf on Earth, head three and a half hours south of Perth and take your pick from Margaret River’s 40 solid, left-hand reef and beach breaks. Here, the swell is often mast high or more and conditions can be unforgiving to even the most experienced kiters and windsurfers.
The pick of Perth
You’ll also find that the Swan River and many of Perth’s 19 beautiful beaches offer perfect conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing between December and March, when the southerly sea breezes are up. Hit the waves on Cottesloe Beach, Brighton Beach near Scarborough, Safety Bay and Avalon Beach, or the flat waters of Leighton Beach near Fremantle, Mullaloo Beach or Pinnaroo Point, north of Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Longest rides and whitest beaches
Some of the longest wave rides on the WA coast are found at Gnaraloo, on the southern tip of World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. Sea breezes, large waves and strong currents roll in over the coral reef from October to March creating top-rate kitesurfing challenges for the experienced.
Perfectly calm, flat-water conditions can be found just a little further north in the beaches and bays sheltered by the largest fringing reef on Earth at Ningaloo Marine Park, near Exmouth.
Between January and March, the winds blow across the long white sand beaches and clear turquoise bays of Esperance in the far south-east corner of WA, luring windsurfing fanatics to take the one-and-a-half-hour flight or the nine-hour drive from Perth.