Kitesurfing Locations Around Byron Bay
Byron Bay hosts some of the best kitesurfing locations in Eastern Australia. No matter if you are into wave riding, freestyle, freeride or hydrofoil, there is something for you. In the summer, northerlies blow and The Pass is a great place to kite. In southerlies, hit the open beaches for some magic moments, but please read the guidelines at the bottom of this page and speak to local kiters before going out.
The Pass, Byron Bay
Kitesurfing, launching and landing kites are prohibited from Main Beach carpark to Clarkes Beach Cafe. This is due to normally onshore conditions and a high density of other beach users.
There is a kite launch and landing area between Clarkes Beach Cafe and the Pass. The area is best on N, NW and NE. This section of beach has cross-onshore to onsore winds and a buffer of beach downwind, therefore considered safest area. Note there can be rocks downwind along the beach.
The best access is from Captain Cooks carpark or alternately Clarkes Beach carpark or The Pass.
Intermediate to advanced kiters only should use this area. You must be able to stay upwind comfortably and be used to riding in wave conditions. No commercial kiting / lessons are allowed either on land or water in this area.
Other Kitesurfing Locations Near Byron Bay
Kitesurfing Guidelines for Byron Shire
No Kitesurfing in designated swimming areas, i.e. within 60m either side of swimming flags, extending 500m out from the flags.
As per NSW Maritime safety guidelines, keep at least 60m distance off from other people if travelling at a speed of 10 knots or greater. At less than 10 knots you may proceed with caution navigating around other water users at a safe distance. If crowds make keeping this distance away from others impossible, then it is not suitable to kitesurf and other beaches should be used.
Kitesurfers must have public liability insurance for land and water, eg. KA (Kitesurfing Australian) or IKO membership compulsory. Your tag must be displayed on harness. A safety leash must be worn whilst kiting.
Please comply with the Kiteboarding Australia safe kiting guidelines.