L’Ancresse/Pembroke Bay

Who says it’s grim up north?

Conditions

Chop, Waves

Usable Tides

High, Mid, Low, Spring Low

Usable Winds

NW - NE

This is a great bay for kiting. Located at the Northern end of the Island this large sandy bay is kiteable in all but high spring tides, but watch for the patch of rocks in the middle. After a few days of Northerly wind there can be some decent waves which are better from mid tide down.

Image Credit: Aerial-i

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Launching

Launch/rigging. Best done on the beach, there is a launching channel at the western end of the beach, but getting out from there is near impossible. Kitesurfers tend to launch from the middle on the western side of the rocks

The Good

Lankers on a spring low, in a solid 30 knots plus, can be a semi-orgasmic joy. The longest un-interrupted reach of any spot in Guernsey. Nice clean wind as long as there’s a fair amount of North in it, and the unexpected bonus? Waves.

Whilst Vazon might be the unquestioned king of paddle surfing, if you’re looking for steep sectioning waves to hit on your kite you’ll be in heaven up north.

Whilst Vazon might be the unquestioned king of paddle surfing, if you’re looking for steep sectioning waves to hit on your kite you’ll be in heaven up north. It can take about half a day for the swell to build to a decent size, and needs to be 9M weather at the very least (ideally 6M weather) before the surf get’s really exciting.

If you prefer your board to be double ended, then enjoy some sick ramps to boost out of, and some flat(ish) sections on the inside once the wave period hits the 8 or 9 second mark.

The Bad

Look out (as with all Guernsey kite spots) for unexpected rocks on anything but the lowest of tides. NW-Port tack launch at Pembroke can be gusty if too close to the headland on the west side.

The Ugly

Please note. This is a particularly busy beach during the height of summer and is crowded with other beach users so please take care if kiting here. No-one wants a child dangling off their lines.

Getting There

Follow the coast road North, hang a left at the T-junction after the church.