Petit Port

Just don’t mention the f*cking steps

Conditions

Chop, Waves

Usable Tides

Low, Spring Low

Usable Winds

SW - SSW

Being honest, this is the sort of place you are only going to kite when you’re starting to jones for a session.

On those rare fortnights where you seem to get nothing but a bunch of SSW weather fronts, and the tides are low enough, Petit Port can be worth the walk… And it is a serious walk.

Launching

No shortage of beach on a low enough tide, but be very aware of the cliffs. Cliffs make wind gusty and unpredictable, and can cause dangerous updrafts. Steer clear and be aware of the wind shadow on the left hand side behind the mahoosive bluff.

The Good

You are generally going to find a bunch of closely set, wind generated, short period swell coming in to the beach.

I guess this is more of a wave spot than anything else. You are generally going to find a bunch of closely set, wind generated, short period swell coming in to the beach. Not great conditions for anything but waveriding and a bit of freeride.

The Bad

Petit port is pretty much a desperation call, it’s choppy and not really worth a look unless its a monster spring low. It can be tricky to call the windspeed when you are at the top of the cliff… Generally you can be sure it’s not quite as windy at sea level, but try and get it right first time (because once you’ve got down there, you ain’t gonna be coming back up to change your gear.)

The Ugly

There are dangers here.

  • The wind shadow at the far east end can put a kite in the water before you can blink, having a downed kite is a bad idea if the waves are smashing off the cliffs
  • Tacking out and West brings you away from any hint of sand – coming in here would mean rock hopping a very long way.
  • The cliffs mess up the airflow alot. Don’t get close enough to risk being caught in an updraft. This would be bad.

Getting There

Head South until you start to see signs for Jerbourg point, drive right to the end of the road past the Auberge restaurant and then find somewhere respectful to park. You can look over the cliff and see what the conditions are like before you make the decision to descend the 365 steps down to the beach.