The Bluff

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

Low Tide was 6 minutes ago
Today's Tide
TimeHeightHigh/Low
02:004.83High Tide
08:221.92Low Tide
14:414.85High Tide
20:531.91Low Tide
Tommorow's Tide
TimeHeightHigh/Low
03:075.08High Tide
09:261.63Low Tide
15:385.1High Tide
21:481.62Low 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 19 Feb 03:00
9 / 22
8°c 5°c 0 Very good 2% Partly cloudy (night)
Wed 19 Feb 06:00
4 / 20
8°c 6°c 0 Very good 41% Cloudy
Wed 19 Feb 09:00
13 / 22
9°c 6°c 1 Good 30% Cloudy
Wed 19 Feb 12:00
18 / 29
11°c 7°c 1 Very good 9% Cloudy
Wed 19 Feb 15:00
20 / 31
11°c 7°c 1 Excellent 45% Overcast
Wed 19 Feb 18:00
20 / 34
10°c 6°c 0 Very good 16% Overcast
Wed 19 Feb 21:00
22 / 34
10°c 6°c 0 Very good 15% Cloudy
Thu 20 Feb 00:00
22 / 36
10°c 6°c 0 Very good 53% Light rain
Thu 20 Feb 03:00
22 / 36
10°c 6°c 0 Very good 54% Light rain
Thu 20 Feb 06:00
27 / 43
10°c 6°c 0 Good 94% Heavy rain
Thu 20 Feb 09:00
20 / 31
9°c 4°c 1 Moderate 97% Heavy rain
Thu 20 Feb 12:00
22 / 36
8°c 3°c 1 Very good 58% Cloudy
Thu 20 Feb 15:00
25 / 40
7°c 2°c 1 Excellent 33% Light rain shower (day)
Thu 20 Feb 18:00
22 / 36
7°c 2°c 0 Excellent 1% Partly cloudy (night)
Thu 20 Feb 21:00
18 / 29
7°c 3°c 0 Excellent 3% Cloudy
Fri 21 Feb 00:00
13 / 25
7°c 4°c 0 Excellent 2% Partly cloudy (night)
Fri 21 Feb 03:00
16 / 25
7°c 4°c 0 Excellent 4% Cloudy
Fri 21 Feb 06:00
16 / 27
8°c 4°c 0 Excellent 4% Cloudy
Fri 21 Feb 09:00
22 / 31
9°c 5°c 1 Very good 4% Cloudy
Fri 21 Feb 12:00
27 / 40
10°c 6°c 2 Very good 4% Cloudy
Fri 21 Feb 15:00
27 / 43
10°c 6°c 1 Very good 8% Overcast
Fri 21 Feb 18:00
27 / 40
10°c 6°c 0 Very good 9% Overcast
Fri 21 Feb 21:00
27 / 43
10°c 6°c 0 Very good 12% Overcast
Sat 22 Feb 00:00
29 / 43
10°c 6°c 0 Good 19% Overcast
Sat 22 Feb 03:00
27 / 43
11°c 6°c 0 Good 52% Light rain
Sat 22 Feb 06:00
25 / 38
11°c 7°c 0 Moderate 59% Light rain
Sat 22 Feb 09:00
22 / 34
11°c 7°c 1 Good 45% Light rain
Sat 22 Feb 12:00
20 / 34
11°c 8°c 1 Very good 11% Cloudy
Sat 22 Feb 15:00
20 / 34
11°c 8°c 1 Very good 12% Cloudy
Sat 22 Feb 18:00
18 / 29
10°c 7°c 0 Very good 15% Cloudy
Sat 22 Feb 21:00
18 / 29
10°c 7°c 0 Good 46% Light rain
Sun 23 Feb 00:00
22 / 36
11°c 7°c 0 Moderate 59% Light rain
Sun 23 Feb 03:00
27 / 43
11°c 7°c 0 Good 47% Light rain
Sun 23 Feb 06:00
27 / 43
11°c 7°c 0 Moderate 46% Light rain
Sun 23 Feb 09:00
25 / 38
11°c 7°c 1 Good 53% Light rain
Sun 23 Feb 12:00
22 / 36
11°c 7°c 1 Good 41% Light rain
Sun 23 Feb 15:00
20 / 31
11°c 7°c 1 Good 19% Overcast
Sun 23 Feb 18:00
18 / 25
10°c 7°c 0 Good 19% Overcast
Sun 23 Feb 21:00
18 / 27
10°c 6°c 0 Good 16% Overcast

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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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