Ledge Point

Perth, Western Australia


Right in the city centre, Pelican Point sits on the northern bank of the Swan River while Lucky Bay lies diagonally opposite on the south bank. Both offer slalom sailors room for long runs with silhouetted views of downtown, and a predominantly cross-onshore SW sea breeze and shallow standing-depth sandbar downwind make it safe for learning. But get up early on the weekend, as parking is limited and the rangers issue $80 tickets. There’s more room both on and off the water in Safety Bay, and the wind’s less gusty on the coast too. It’s a safe sailing environment protected by a long sandbank in all wind directions, there’s even a grassy bank for rigging by the yacht club. Outside the bay there’s some swell, but for real waves drive 30km south to Mandurah. It needs a big swell for the reef at 'Avalon’ to work but then it’s a perfect left-hander. In west or northerly wind head for 'Geeries’ – a beach-break whose waves might not be so clean, but can be a lot bigger. 'Garden Island’ protects Woodman’s Point, making conditions much tamer. This jutting peninsular has beaches on all three sides; kites dominate 'South Beach’ with its cross-onshore wind, while the windsurfers rule 'West Beach’. 'North Beach’ offers freestylers a mirror-flat playground, although novices shouldn’t stray beyond the standing-depth area in the cross-offshore winds. Crazy Waves, south of the marina in Fremantle is a winter spot. When it’s really going off, wind and swell serve a wild mixed-up wave cocktail over a sandbank that extends way out sea – bump-and-jump nirvana! Leighton is a sandy beach south of Cottesloe, good for jumping with plenty of space. Small swells will teach you all about shorebreak, but be very careful when it’s big. Dutch Inn is one of the best spots near the city with a clean wave over a reef 200m offshore. Watch for rocks just under water in the shallows. A whole row of potential launches line the beaches of Scarborough, the sandbars are always shifting so follow the locals. It might look fairly tame from shore, but the currents can get strong. Sometimes windsurfers head 3km out to Little Island from the beach above Hillary’s Boat Harbour searching for the sick waves behind the island. If you feel the urge, never try this alone and let the harbour know when you’re back. It’s more relaxed at Pinnaroo Point with easy learning conditions in front of a plush car-park with grassy areas and showers. That’s the end of the urban spots – then it’s another world north of the city limits, getting hotter and dryer with each passing kilometre. The adventure begins here, both for surf tourists and Perth locals keen for a change of scene. Only a few set up camp at Ledge Point, best known as the starting point for January’s annual long-distance race to Lancelin – one of Western Australia’s favourite and most adaptable spots. Lancelin Bay is protected by a reef 500m out, offering an ideal training arena including 150m of standing-depth alongside comfortable parking, grassy areas, showers and toilets. Depending on the swell, chest to mast-high waves peel onto Lancelin Reef. Four breaks offer some choice: left is 'Main Break’, to the right 'Passage Shallows’ (better with kite fins – there’s a clue why in the name) then 'Hole in the Wall’, a right-hander so not ideal for riding. At the northern end of the bay, the perversely named 'South Passage’ is the cleanest wave: launch next to the pub to save a long upwind slog afterwards. In the next bay north there’s loads of room, and plans for another kite beach. If Lancelin gets full, take a 4x4 about 30 minutes along a rough track to Wedge Island – a sick break with no crowding guaranteed.
Kite and Windsurfing Guide
Am Ledge Point machen jedoch nur wenige Station; der Spot ist eigentlich nur bekannt als Startplatz für das jährlich im Januar stattfindende Windsurf-Slalo&h…
Only a few set up camp at Ledge Point, best known as the starting point for January's annual long-distance race to Lancelin – one of Western Australia's&hell…