Kiting options between Bermaqui and Eden

Season : October – March. Best Winds: NE/SE

Bermagui:

Bermagui offers some quality flat water options, the pick being Bermy harbour or Wallaga Lake. Both require NE winds, the Bermy harbour set up is directly east of the bridge, there is a small sand bar for launching and landing and a break wall that provides flat water bliss, a run out tide is favourable. There isn’t loads of room for error with another break wall downwind and some gusty patches, so not an ideal location for beginners. Wallaga Lake, 5 minutes north of Bermagui provides a large area of flat water, the best kiting is the eastern side of the lake near the ocean. This area offers lots of room and as a bonus you can walk over and have a play in the waves if you get sick of the flat water. Some of the ocean beaches around Bermagui offer more kiting options, try Hayward beach in NE and SE or Moorhead beach in NE.

Merimbula:

Home of the renowned CORONA Merimbula classic. Plenty of kiting options for all levels. It’s hard to go past The Bar in SE conditions. Safe launching/ landing at the spit near Fishpen. Now take your pick, if waves are your thing the bar produces a quality left hander that peels endlessly and holds shape in SE, have respect for local surfers still out in light conditions. Choose from waves to carve, natural kickers for freestylers or flat water whatever your adrenalin. The pond, an area inside the bar largely protected from breaking waves due to sand bars provides smoother water, perfect for learners. Or for ultimate flat water try inside the spit in the lake at fishpen the more south in the wind here the better and the run out tide is the key. Be mindful of fisherman, boats and swimmers and if it’s too crowded leave it for another day, don’t get it banned for the locals. If it’s light and the tide is running out fast, try the rip near the green buoy where the current meets the ocean for more power. Watch for boats crossing the bar.

In NE conditions there are more options to choose from, there’s Short Point, where you have the choice of waves, there is often a current pushing down the beach that wants to force you into the corner near the rocks so give yourself some room and walk up the beach. In summer you’ll need to do this anyway just to avoid swimmers but strong wind will usually sort the crowds. There’s a flat water option in the Back Lake behind the point, local young crew use kickers and sliders in here, but be warned it can be shallow.

Main Beach, is another option in both NE and SE, although it’s at its best in NE with swell. This beach runs from Merimbula south to Pambula and is a classic for downwinders. If you can’t be bothered holding ground or want a few miles of pristine beach to hone your skills, this is the place. If you are chasing solitude and more swell check Bournda Island or North Tura.

Pambula

You will want strong NE winds for Pambula. The options are Pambula Beach, Lions Beach or the PRM (Pambula River Mouth). You generally need strong NE winds to make the most out of the PRM. Go inside the PRM for flat water riding, but don’t go too far upstream as it gets exceptionally gusty. You want the run out tide here for the best kiting. You’ll generally find enough waves out the front of the PRM if you’re looking to mix things up. The PRM can be difficult if you are self launching and landing with little room, an option is to kite into it from Pambula or Lions beach. If the tide is ripping out fast and you come off your board, make it your priority to get it back. If you stuff around it will be gone, never to be seen again and you’ll be left with a session of body dragging. In the summer months there are lots of people using the beach that you’ll need to avoid.
Eden:

For beaches there’s Aslings beach or Boydtown beach or flat water inside the Kiah River Mouth. For the Kiah you’ll want strong winds with lots of North and preferably a tide towards the top with a run out. Access is the problem, locals will use boats. If you’re up for a mission, swim your gear across from the old whaling station on the eastern side of the river or go by foot from the Boydtown end.

These are just some of the kite locations to be found on the Far South Coast, there are plenty more options and many are still yet to be kited.

Author: Nick Schroder, Instructor