Caloundra - Ayliffe Park (QLD, Australia)
In recent times a huge storm ripped a huge hole in Bribie Island about 700m long creating a second entrance into the Caloundra estuary. Talking to locals this is a god-send for windsports enthusiast where the prevailing SE breeze funnels through the gap uninhibited by land providing consistent wind.
A huge sandbar has also developed running perpendicular to the SE breeze making it an incredible spot for flat water blasting.
There is plenty of deeper water for foilers but just watch those sandbars as the tide goes out.
Noticeably there is very little current during tide changes and the tide variation is only a matter centimetres and not metres like further north.
The spot works best from SE on incoming tide and NE, S & E on outgoing tide (but the tide isn’t really a major factor) and the windiest time of year is October to March.
The bottom is sand with no weeds and you don’t really need to wear booties.
It is a very safe spot for beginners with plenty of sandbars to sail to to take a break.
Access, Rigging & Launching
Access, rigging & launching is incredibly easy for windsurfers & wingfoilers at this spot. Park right at the foreshore, rig on the grassy area in front of the car park and walk about 30m to the water’s edge where it drops off steeply (about 3 metres from shore and you are in 1.5m water).
Windsurfers tend to launch about 300m to the south where they can sail along the edge of the sandbar in pancake flat water.
The beach area is a bit limited in size but there is enough room for kites to set up & launch.
There is limited beach at high tide so rigging a kite can be challenging. At low tide foils will need to stick to the main channels as sand bars start to appear.
Where To Stay
There are a multitude of accommodation options around this area including a nice little caravan park called The Golden Beach Holiday Park.
Sunshine Coast Boardsports located in Caloundra offers a retail range of kitesurfing, windsurfing & wingfoiling gear as well as lessons for each discipline.
Golden Beach Hire located at Golden Beach Caloundra offer a range of beginners windsurfers, kayaks, catamarans & SUPs for hire as well as lessons from 30m mins or more for beginners for windsurfing, kitesurfing & wingsurfing (without the foil).
- Sunshine Coast Boardsports (SBC) is now operated by Sailboard HQ. They offer 2, 4 & 6 hour kitesurfing lessons from first-timers to advanced riders wanting to optimise their skills. Lessons are with professional IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) accredited Instructors and the location for your lesson is chosen based on your skill level and the daily conditions. Additionally, SBC has also Read more...
- Golden Beach Hire, Caloundra Golden Beach Hire offers kitesurfing & windsurfing lessons in Caloundra, Australia. Windsurfing lessons are for beginners and are conducted in front of their base location at Golden Point where the water is shallow and protected. Kitesurfing lessons are available for first-timers to advanced kiters looking to learn how to jump and do tricks. Kitesurfing lessons and Read more...
- Kitethrills – Kitesurfing & Wingfoiling Lessons Kitethrills offers kitesurfing and wing foiling lessons from first-timers to advanced riders. They offer a variety of packages from a 2 hours lesson by lesson up to an annual tuition & coaching package (and everything in between). They have an operation located in the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra. Read more...
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- Flat Water Blasting
- Bump and Jump
- Longboard Cruising
- Flat Water
- Moderate Temp Water
- Salt Water
- Easy Launching
- On-site Parking
- Camp Ground
- Sand Bars
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