Where can I wing foil on the Sunshine Coast?
See the drop pins in the map below on for info on all the local spots around Caloundra and South East Queensland.
Caloundra Rivermouth (Happy Valley)
Direction -- E to S
Hazards -- Tidal 3-4 knots. Active wave zone. Occasional power boat - Give way to boat crossing the bar - U R more manoeuvrable. Rock ledge part of North shore line.
Description -- Can be sensational spot - worth a look. Can rig in park at hi tide. Showers. Coastal watch - Camera covers site.
Level -- Not for beginners - inexperienced get supervision.
Restrictions: respect other beach users. space gets limited - avoid if possible over xmas holidays unless conditions have cleared the sand bar of public.
Golden Beach (Onslow - cadets shed)
Direction -- Best for incoming tide in a SE and Outgoing tide in NE, S to NE (can take an easterly).
Hazards -- Water Scout's flag pole near launch (boo hoo!!) realistically minimal hazards, exposed sand banks at low tide. U can run aground and face plant at low tide!! - boating channel on Bribie Island side. Some anchored boats to north close to shore.
Description -- Great spot - Shallow for foiling go 500m south for depth. Flat water, chops up on high tide. Need 15+ knots for it to be windy enough here - incoming tide helps. In a S-SE.
South of - Military Jetty
Minimal hazhards, boat anchorage, stay south of boat launch (Jet skis mostly). U can run aground in odd places at low low tide on 72cm+ mast - boating channel marked.
Description: Great spot - for practising and learning foiling on smooth-ish water. Easy to drift launch except strong easterly it gets too deep to stand. There is a small section of sand on shore line for 1 at a time launching.
Maroochy Rivermouth (Cotton Tree)
Direction -- NNE to SE
Hazards -- Tidal 3-4 knots - some random parked fishing boats - some blinkered kiters. Wind shadow in a SE'ly.
Description -- Lovely spot - back from the actual mouth mostly flat - best high tide to mid-low tide. Be sensible rigging, it is a popular public spot. Nice kickers going out to sea. You can walk in down the beach from the north.
As long as you know what UR doing - If you loose your board get to shore and run up the beach and try to intercept it before the wave zone - U can't easily body drag against the tidal flow.
Level -- Not beginners. Fit enough to release kite and swim - take advice.
Site of the 2017 State Freestyle Titles.
Direction NE - ENE - On a calmer day E-ESE nearer the front.
Hazards -- River channel - tidal flow - occasional ray, wind dropping out, low tide(!!) = zero water depth.
Description -(Use Satellite not map view!!) - Nice spot. To get here U need to launch on the sand bar and go across the channel then when the tide is right (mid - hi) you get a great flat water spot to pick up your skills. Note the wind direction no go from the SE you get into a wind shadow.
Level -- not raw beginner but once you are up on a board it is a good spot. Under no circumstances go near the main river mouth channel this can be dangerous - definitely more experience and not for beginners.
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