Josh Young from 'In the Loop' shows their Kite boarding kite. Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer
Josh Young from 'In the Loop' shows their Kite boarding kite. Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer Christopher Chan GLA300912PADL

The perfect spot to take to the air

TANNUM Sands has become a nationally renowned kite surfing and boarding location, regularly making top-10 lists for the extreme sport.

It doesn't seem like the beach's popularity is about to stop any time soon, with Josh Young saying there had been even more crafts out on the water this year.

And he would know.

Young has been kiting for a few years and has been giving lessons for more than a year.

The owner-operator of Tannum Sands' In the Loop said he even had managers from other businesses call him asking when the best time of the year was for kite-surfing and boarding in the region, so they could schedule their meetings in town accordingly.

Young said he tried to drop everything when the conditions were good so he could get out on the water.

And he is not alone.

Fellow kiting enthusiast Zac Bond said although he usually went once or twice a week, when it came to summer he hoped to go most days after work.

Although six knots will pull most kites, Young said he preferred at least 10 knots for lessons and about 15 for cruising about.

"When the tide and wind is right, it's pretty safe," he said.

Having a clearly signed, designated area for the sport adds to the safety element, separating the craft from the swimming public.

So what, apart from the weather and good setting-off point of Wild Cattle Creek, makes the beach such an ideal destination for kite surfers?

Young said the parking and ease of access compared to other beaches when it came to loading gear set Tannum Sands apart.

With different-sized kites and styles to the sport, Young said it could be as extreme or relaxing as people wanted it to be, with locals involved ranging from eight to 60 years old.

 



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