Vazon Bay

The mainstay of Guernsey Kitesurfing, good to go in anything from WSW to NNE.

Conditions

Chop, Waves

Usable Tides

Mid, Low, Spring Low

Usable Winds

WSW - NNE

Ahh Vazon! There’s nowhere quite like it. Works across a great range of wind directions, plenty of room after the tide comes back off the wall, and swells when the conditions play ball too!

Image Credit: Aerial-i

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Launching

Most kiters set up at the bottom of the boat ramp at the kiosk on the far north end of the bay. Unless it’s just after the high tide, it’s a good idea to walk your inflated kite as close to the water’s edge as possible to rig up. This means less fighting with the wind, and keeping a larger distance between yourself and innocent tourists in the summer.

The Good

As long as the wind has enough west, and not too much south, Vazon is capable of consistently delivering the goods. Waves in abundance that allow for a twin tip free-ride paradise, insane kickers for huge boost, or wave riding fun beyond measure. There’s a nice community vibe here, you’ll generally find a buddy to help you launch or land. At low tide it’s a good size reach too. Don’t miss Vaz when it’s firing.

The Bad

The incoming tide will catch you out if you give it chance. Up to a 7m high you’ll find a narrow strip of beach on the far north end that can get you a sketchy landing area. Any higher than that and you have 3 options at high tide.

  • Ditch to your QR in the sea and get your kite pounded onto the wall
  • Slog up wind a mile to Richmond where you should find a strip of sand
  • Risk walking up the steps in the northernmost corner and try to land on the grass (by the way – NEVER DO THIS – the updraft is likely to loft you into God knows what)

On a dropping tide be aware of the two main reef areas – one running parallel to the north headland and the Fort, and the other in front of the four flags on the Grand Mare hotel.

…we haven’t found out what happens when a kiter gets trapped in there on an incoming tide, with a swell… We’d all very much like to keep it that way!

The Ugly

There’s a weird giant Punji trap of random breakwater struts on the inside section of the reef (again just north of the flags in front of the hotel)… As yet we haven’t found out what happens when a kiter gets trapped in there on an incoming tide, with a swell… We’d all very much like to keep it that way!

Getting There

It’s hard to miss Vaz – dead centre of the West coast – North from L’Eree, South From Cobo.