The Bluff

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carnkie Weather Station - 8.41 miles away | Updated 3 minutes ago

High Tide is in 7 minutes time
Today's Tide
TimeHeightHigh/Low
04:205.88High Tide
10:341.06Low Tide
16:385.92High Tide
22:510.97Low Tide
Tommorow's Tide
TimeHeightHigh/Low
04:566.09High Tide
11:120.86Low Tide
17:156.06High Tide
23:290.85Low Tide

Hayle (Beach) Wind Forecast

Hayle (Beach) 5 Day Weather Forecast

Time Direction Wind / Gust (mph) Temperature Feels Like UV Index Visibility Chance Of Rain Weather
Wed 11 Dec 00:00
11 / 29
9°c 6°c 0 Excellent 3% Partly cloudy (night)
Wed 11 Dec 03:00
9 / 29
8°c 6°c 0 Excellent 12% Partly cloudy (night)
Wed 11 Dec 06:00
11 / 22
7°c 4°c 0 Very good 60% Heavy rain shower (night)
Wed 11 Dec 09:00
16 / 27
6°c 2°c 1 Moderate 96% Heavy rain
Wed 11 Dec 12:00
20 / 34
7°c 2°c 1 Excellent 45% Light rain shower (day)
Wed 11 Dec 15:00
25 / 40
6°c 1°c 1 Good 79% Heavy rain shower (day)
Wed 11 Dec 18:00
18 / 31
6°c 2°c 0 Excellent 38% Cloudy
Wed 11 Dec 21:00
13 / 25
6°c 3°c 0 Excellent 38% Cloudy
Thu 12 Dec 00:00
9 / 18
7°c 4°c 0 Excellent 79% Light rain
Thu 12 Dec 03:00
13 / 25
8°c 5°c 0 Very good 83% Heavy rain
Thu 12 Dec 06:00
13 / 22
9°c 6°c 0 Moderate 92% Heavy rain
Thu 12 Dec 09:00
16 / 27
10°c 8°c 1 Moderate 89% Heavy rain
Thu 12 Dec 12:00
20 / 34
11°c 7°c 1 Very good 82% Heavy rain shower (day)
Thu 12 Dec 15:00
22 / 36
11°c 7°c 1 Excellent 81% Heavy rain
Thu 12 Dec 18:00
25 / 40
10°c 6°c 0 Very good 65% Heavy rain shower (night)
Thu 12 Dec 21:00
31 / 54
9°c 4°c 0 Excellent 44% Light rain shower (night)
Fri 13 Dec 00:00
31 / 54
9°c 3°c 0 Excellent 28% Cloudy
Fri 13 Dec 03:00
31 / 56
8°c 2°c 0 Excellent 34% Cloudy
Fri 13 Dec 06:00
34 / 58
8°c 3°c 0 Excellent 33% Partly cloudy (night)
Fri 13 Dec 09:00
34 / 54
9°c 4°c 1 Very good 5% Partly cloudy (day)
Fri 13 Dec 12:00
29 / 45
10°c 5°c 1 Very good 5% Cloudy
Fri 13 Dec 15:00
22 / 34
10°c 6°c 1 Moderate 55% Light rain
Fri 13 Dec 18:00
29 / 45
11°c 6°c 0 Moderate 54% Light rain shower (night)
Fri 13 Dec 21:00
38 / 60
11°c 6°c 0 Very good 46% Light rain shower (night)
Sat 14 Dec 00:00
34 / 54
10°c 5°c 0 Very good 7% Partly cloudy (night)
Sat 14 Dec 03:00
34 / 54
9°c 4°c 0 Very good 4% Partly cloudy (night)
Sat 14 Dec 06:00
34 / 54
8°c 3°c 0 Very good 4% Partly cloudy (night)
Sat 14 Dec 09:00
31 / 49
9°c 3°c 1 Very good 5% Partly cloudy (day)
Sat 14 Dec 12:00
29 / 47
9°c 4°c 1 Very good 7% Partly cloudy (day)
Sat 14 Dec 15:00
29 / 45
9°c 5°c 1 Very good 14% Partly cloudy (day)
Sat 14 Dec 18:00
29 / 45
9°c 4°c 0 Good 34% Light rain shower (night)
Sat 14 Dec 21:00
29 / 43
9°c 4°c 0 Very good 10% Cloudy
Sun 15 Dec 00:00
27 / 43
8°c 4°c 0 Very good 7% Partly cloudy (night)
Sun 15 Dec 03:00
27 / 40
8°c 4°c 0 Very good 5% Partly cloudy (night)
Sun 15 Dec 06:00
25 / 38
9°c 4°c 0 Very good 3% Partly cloudy (night)
Sun 15 Dec 09:00
27 / 40
9°c 4°c 1 Very good 10% Cloudy
Sun 15 Dec 12:00
27 / 43
9°c 5°c 1 Very good 7% Partly cloudy (day)
Sun 15 Dec 15:00
27 / 40
9°c 5°c 1 Very good 7% Cloudy
Sun 15 Dec 18:00
25 / 38
9°c 5°c 0 Very good 2% Partly cloudy (night)
Sun 15 Dec 21:00
25 / 36
9°c 5°c 0 Very good 3% Partly cloudy (night)

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About The Bluff

The Bluff is one of the most talked about kiting spots in the UK, its had some major issues due to access over the last few year and due ot these access issues still has some major restriction applied to it.

The Bluff is located at the mouth of the River Hayle, its best riden on and outgoing tides a few hours before low tide.  this spots offers soo much in the way of ridable conditions, from nice flat waters to rolling waves! if your looking for bigger waves head slightly north to Gwithian which is the same strectch of beach.  

Due to the restriction at this location, there are a few links to the KKC (Kernow Kitesurf Club) The ban on kitesurfing at Hayle (aka “the Bluff”) has been lifted. There are restrictions with a permit system  Please see the “Bluff Code of Conduct“. (http://www.kernowkitesurfclub.co.uk/PDFs/Hayle-Kite-Zone_and_Rules.pdf)

April 20th 2012

Bluff passes now on sale at Lodeys and Down The Line, WestCountry Watersports will have them by Monday 23rd Royal Mail willing. KKC members £5, BKSA only members £10, other insurance £20. That includes your free parking permit for Harvey Towans and a limited edition KKC zip-tie. Please spread the word, and consider the purple 2011 passes expired.

Autumn 2011 Update (Great News)

“More Good News for the Bluff – Kiting Time Restrictions Lifted and Free Car Parking Passes Available

The 6 month trial removing time restrictions for kiting at The Bluff has now been completed. No incidents were reported in that period and the restrictions have been formally lifted by the harbourmaster. This is superb news allowing us to take full advantage of the full range of conditions, so long as we stick to the agreed Code of Conduct.

The harbourmaster has also decided to give free car parking, to those in possession of a Bluff Tag, at Harvey Towans ( the rough car park on top of the slope above the river mouth – see attached map- it is not for parking at The Bluff Pub). If you want to take advantage of this you will need to display a Hayle Harbour Parking Permit. Next year we will distribute these when you buy your tag, however this year you can get one on request in the following ways:

  • From Loz Smith (Ocean High Kiteboarding), Ryan Crawford (Lodey Sails) or Steve Townsend in person. Flash them your Bluff tag and they should be able to sort you out with a parking permit
  • Send an SAE to Steve Townsend, Little Acre, Horsedowns, Camborne, TR14 0NP, with a note saying where and roughly when you bought your tag.

Free Car Parking Zone

Key Elements of the Hayle Kitesurf Agreement

  • Bluff permit tagAny person kitesurfing within the jurisdiction of the Hayle Harbour Authority must wear a valid Bluff permit tag on their harness.
    • Wearing a tag is important as it signifies the kiter has a valid third party liability insurance of 5 million pounds, that the kiter has agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct, and by purchasing it has made a small contribution to the annual Water Users Licence for which Kernow Kitesurfing Club has to pay the Hayle Harbour Authority.
  • All kite surfers MUST keep at least 100m away from AND turn away from all vessels using the channel. This remains the key guideline for the 2011 trial.
  • No kitesurfing at any time south of Chapel Anjou where there is a large 5 knot speed restriction sign.
  • All kitesurfers must be at intermediate level or above; no learning or teaching.

The permits will cost £5 for members of the KKC, £10 for non-members, and run from 1st April each year. Non-BKSA members may purchase a tag for £20 provided they have valid liability insurance of 5 million pounds. These are available from:

Location

Take the turning on the A30 for Hayle and drive towards the centre of town. Approx. 350 meters on your right you will see a turning sign posted towards Phillack and the Towans. Take this road up the hill and continue driving leaving the Caravan Park on your right and it leads you down to the Bluff Pub on your right. Please Park sensibly and pay as per the car park signs. The Pub serves a good pint and some excellent food.

Overview

It is worth having a chat to the lifeguards (here in summer only) on the way down to the beach or certainly with any other sailors. On an ebbing tide there is a severe rip which only slows as low tide approaches – your board is off out to sea very fast if you lose it in the channel. Watch out as high tide arrives as the beach at the bottom of the access path disappears.

Wind Directions

NE, N, NW and W (Westerly can be gusty for kitesurfing and so better to move up to Gwithian)

 


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