Ladies Bay

Perfect for poseurs, look out for the dogs

Conditions

Flat Water, Chop

Usable Tides

High, Mid

Usable Winds

SW - NW

The Launch

During summer months there is a buoyed channel at the car park end of the beach. The Environment department asks all kitesurfers to try and launch from this channel unless the prevailing conditions would make it more dangerous to do so than to launch from a different spot. SW-cross on (can be gusty), W-onshore (best), NW-cross on (can be good)

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The Good

Grande Havre is a large bay with rocks across most of the mouth, meaning that if you get in trouble or the wind turns offshore, there is still a good chance of getting ashore, albeit over rocks! Ladies Bay is at its best on a high neap tide (high tide around midday) when the water comes over the sand-bar into Chouet Bay giving a shallow flat water run over the bar into nice ramps from the incoming swell. Also a good bay for poseurs with a car park overlooking the bay at both ends, there are always plenty of spectators.

Also a good bay for poseurs with a car park overlooking the bay at both ends, there are always plenty of spectators.

The Bad

Look out for the tide on springs as the beach disappears completely leaving nowhere to land unless you can get out from the sand-bar and land on the golf course (not popular!). The beach is popular with dog walkers as it is one of the few beaches allowing year-round access for dogs, so be sure to leave lines tidy to avoid hassle from walkers!

The Ugly

Launching in the car parks is frowned upon by all sane individuals. Grab a coffee and wait for the tide to go out like a normal person.

Where?

Heading North hang a left before Vale church, situated at the car park next to the children’s playground.