A long sandy beach that is perfect for kite-buggying and kite-mountainboarding
9th May 2004
|A long sandy beach that is perfect for kite-buggying and kite-mountainboarding. I've only been here once, out of season and there was plenty of parking all along the beach and all the amenities you could need in the town. The tide goes out quite a way providing plenty of sand for land-based 'forces-of-nature' sports. At high tide windsurfing and surfing should be good here.
There are also plenty of attractions for all the family at Southport, from Donkey rides to the recently restored Southport Pier. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Dogs are allowed on the beahes in certain areas, but restrictions apply in others.
Southport is well signposted from the motorway network. A park and ride operates adjacent to the north of the beach, Southport railway station is approximately one mile from the beach.
Surf Conditions at Southport are Not Good
Buggying Conditions at Southport can be Excellent
Windsurfing Conditions at Southport can be Good
Kitesurfing Conditions at Southport can be Good
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Last Visit: 06-11-2013
North of the pier at Southport is an excellent windsurfing location on an
8.9m and upwards tide. SW is very good and W perfectly acceptable. There's
a keen bunch of local sailors - many convinced its better location than
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote! - probably about 20 will be out on a good
The best place to park is just after the pier in the pay and display
overlooking the beach. Rig on the grass behind the small dunes and access
to the water is from a ramp in front of the sea wall. The water goes out
quickly so keep an eye on it. If the locals are packing up and going then
you should probably follow suit, or you may be faced with a long walk
across bottomless, boot removing mud. Get stuck in this and you will:
i) Need to be rescued by a woman and a small dog, and
ii) Be scorned for years by your mates.
Its a great location for intermediates upwards.
Last Visit: 08-03-2008
Sefton Council have allocated a 'zone' limiting all powerkite sports on the
Sefton coastline to a section of AINSDALE BEACH only. They have set up a
permit system, which is free, but you have to show that you are insured
(BKSA, BPKA or other insurance with 5m 3rd party liability). Please check
out the detailed rules and stick to them. It might sound like bullsh!t to
you, but locals/regulars have had to accept this in the face of an all out
There are a couple of clubs in existence http://aospkc.co.uk/ looks after
the land side of things and http://www.aoskc.com/ looks after the water.
Both clubs are doing their best to work with the council to protect and
improve access to the beach. Recently the permit system was extended to
allow kite buggy jumping, which was previously banned.
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