A stunning beach that at low tide forms long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes from Daymer Bay to Rock with superb views across Camel Estuary. If it is North Westerly and the tide is coming in this spot will offer some great riding.
Summer Restriction – No Kiting between 10am and 6pm in July and August
Daymer bay is a little beach dead opposite Hawkers Cove, a popular flat water spot on the west side of the estuary. Daymer is a little more exposed to the incoming swell and some small waves. Daymer Bay is possible to ride regardless of the tide. There’s usually a little bit of beach to launch and land. There a few boats around the estuary, so remember to keep a safe distance from them.
A lot of the time the waves are small and less powerful on the Eastern side of the bay as they wrap around from the entrance to the Atlantic. If there is big swell you will see experienced riders going across the channel to catch swells from the Doom Bar across towards Hawkers Cove on the far side – This works better from just before Mid to High tide.
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Historical Fact… (thanks to Loic for this gem!) In the 19century they actually quarried out a segment of Stepper Point to get more wind in the bay for the sailing ships. You can see how much in the above pic. Nice consequence for all kiters!
BEACH KEY INFORMATION
BEST WIND DIRECTION
WORKABLE WIND DIRECTIONS
From Northerly through North Westerly to Southerly
It is best to Kitesurf here only on an incoming tide or when the tide is slack – At mid tide it rips out here and can make relaunching any style of kite very tricky. – The best directions would be N, NW, SW & S – Westerly winds are directly onshore and it can get gusty so care should be taken as this beach can get very busy.
HAZARDS & RESTRICTIONS
Summer time restrictions in July and August - No Kiting between 10am and 6pm. You can be especially vulnerable on a southerly and outgoing tide as it really does rip out. Looking out from the Car park across the beach to the south there is the imposing Bray Hill - as the tide comes in it does have an impact on both the wind and the current - it is always best to launch and land well away from its affect. If you are crossing the channel be aware of boat traffic from Rock and Padstow and also at mid tide the current is seriously strong. On the northern shore there are plenty of stones and rocks to be aware of if you try to get too close to the shore - It is a good idea to get there at low of mid tide to scope them out.