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Torbay Kitesurf Guide

Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are part of Torbay which is situated on the ‘English Riviera’, South Devon. The bay itself is approx 4 miles by 3 miles. There are various places to kitesurf on any of the easterly winds. For example, a NE wind is cross shore left to right.

Preston beachGoodringtonBroadsands

Preston beach, a sandy beach to the left of Paignton beach is a good spot. You will need to be there at mid to low tide as there is not much beach at high tide. When there are strong easterlies, there will also be a lot of surfers, windsurfers & body boarders due to the waves that easterlies produce which can get up to 4m high. When the surf is up there is a cross rip towards the pier at the Paignton end of the beach. This beach is also good on a southerly wind which blows right to left. Please be aware of other beach users and keep away from swimmers and surfers.

Goodrington beach to the right of Paignton is also good in easterly winds. It is smaller (usable size rather than area) but has more beach at high tide. Very busy in the summer though and there are a few rocks in the centre and to the sides.

Further to the right is Broadsands beach which is good in a northerly wind which is onshore, it is a sandy beach with rocks at each end and possible waves.

If coming to the area and want further advice, call Andre’ Shorland at Torquay Wind & Surf Centre (Torquay Kitesurfing & Kitebuggying School). The school runs all year round and uses a boat to teach from so is not affected by wind direction. For the shop and bookings, call 01803 212411, email or visit their website at www.kitesurfingtorquay.co.uk.

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