The Bluff (Hayle), Cornwall

Beach description:

The Bluff is a superb kitesurfing location! Based in Hayle, Cornwall, at various tide states it features quality wave riding AND flat water shredding. Please be sure to read the guide before heading to the Bluff as you do need a permit to ride there, and there’s a full code of conduct. The Bluff will work on anything from W to NE. NW is onshore. Pure W is gusty.

Beach Access

f you have a Bluff Pass (which you will have, right?!) you\'ll be able to take advantage of free parking at Harvey Towans ( the rough car park on top of the slope above the river mouth. Alternatively, there\'s paid parking at the pub.

Code of Conduct

Kitesurfing has been banned at The Bluff in the past. That ban has been lifted, but with restrictions. The code of conduct short version is “have insurance, buy a permit, give way to boats at all times (keep 100m away).” To ride at The Bluff, you \'ll need a permit. The new Bluff passes are on sale at Lodeys, Down the Line, West Country Water Sports and from the Bluff reps on the beach. To get your Bluff pass go to one of the outlets (list below) with your BKSA card. If you don’t have BKSA membership, you’ll need other proof that you have insurance to kitesurf. If you have the Kernow Kite Club as your affiliate club on your BKSA card it’s £5. If not it’s £10. Down The Line, Hayle. Lodey Sails, Marazion. Westcountry Watersports, Truro. The system is working well, so please use, don’t abuse the spot and the code of conduct.

Wind Direction

North, North-East, West, North-West

Water Type

In the estuary mouth you\'ll find flat water for freestyle/wakestyle, head out and you can enjoy some wave riding. The Bluff will work at any tide state.


Stay at least 100m from boats. Tourists / other beach users. Watch out as the tide comes in / goes out when boosting airs in the flat water, you may find yourself in VERY shallow water toward the edges and on the sand bar.

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