Grande Rocque

Grande Rocque bay can be a bit of a gem when the tide and wind are right

Conditions

Flat Water, Chop

Usable Tides

Mid, Low, Spring Low

Usable Winds

SW - NW

Something in the title of this bay might give you a hint that its not going to be the best spot to go kitesurfing! Don’t despair though, Grande Rocque bay can be a bit of a gem when the tide and wind are right. 

The Launch

Launch on the beach down by the waters edge not up by the big boulders. The bay does not have a buoyed channel like some but as soon as you are on the water your best to get out and make your way to the middle of the bay as this is where the fun begins.

The Good

Well, the best wind is WNW when the wind comes over the reef on the NW side of the bay creating a stretch of lovely flatness in the Northern corner. The wind is pretty clean too but take care not to jump too close to the rocks and be snappy on the kite relaunch as you’ll get dragged straight onto the rocks that surround this beach. On a westerly gale the bay is still protected from a large ground swells and the wind can funnel through the mouth of the bay and the wind can be stronger than it appears. Sou-west is also kite-able but it can be a bit gusty by the rocks in the southern corner and a little bit choppier towards the Northern side.

He pulled his quick release in the final second and his kite landed clean in the middle of the road between the traffic

The Bad

A problem with this bay can be the fishing boats and mooring buoys so the further out you are the better. It’s generally not a problem in the winter as the boats are brought in for the season so this is the best time of year to check it out.The bay could probably hold up to 6 kiters at any one time, any more and it starts to feel crowded as you try to avoid  boats, moorings and each other. This is also a popular dog walking beach so have your wits about you when launching or landing.

The Ugly

As I said earlier only kite here when the tide is low as I once witnessed a guy come within a hair’s breadth of being splattered against the large boulders at the top of the beach. He pulled his quick release in the final second and his kite landed clean in the middle of the road between the traffic, luckily nobody was injured…not the best advert for our sport!  A few years back one of the local crew did actually end up with a nasty injury after being splatted against the boulders at the top of the beach when he was kiting here on too high a tide!

Location

Between Cobo and Portsoif opposite the Grande Rocque Bistro purveyors of fine food and drinks