MACKAY KITEBOARDING SEASONS

SUMMER - SEPTEMBER TO APRIL  

Traditionally Mackay's windy season extends over the summer months. A lot of our winds are generated by tropical storms, lows, and cyclones that travel up and down the east coast. To increase your chances to ride more often we recommend that all kiters that are local or that are travelling through have three sizes of the kite.

A small kite, 7m-9m, a medium size kite 10m-14m and a big kite 15m-19m. Most of the time you will be in either a medium to large kite depending on the size of the rider. We on average will have 15-20knots when it's windy, this, however, can most definitely increase to 20+ knots. 

One thing to consider when kiting in summer is the increased wildlife floating around in the water. Obviously, Australia has quite a lot of creatures that can bite or sting you however we are pretty lucky in Mackay to not be exposed to a large amount of danger. The biggest caution we recommend you try to protect yourself from is jellyfish. Jellyfish especially the blue bottle, the box and the iracongi jellyfish can be quite dangerous and life threatening. Do not let this deter you, though, simply wear a stinger suit and you will be protected. The majority of the jellyfish stings or exposures will come from hot northerly winds.

WINTER - MAY - AUGUST

Although we will get the majority of our winds over the summer months, we still certainly get decent wind as it starts to cool down. The windy days will spread out a little bit more on average, but the great thing about winter is when it's windy we usually get a solid 20knots or more. The water temp in Mackay isn't that cold at all. We would recommend 1mm long sleeve tops to probably a 2/2 - shorty for the cooler days; this would be more for comfort. Like mentioned, to increase your chances to ride more often we recommend that all kiters that are local or that are travelling through have three sizes of the kite.

A small kite, 7m-9m, a medium size kite 10m-14m and a big kite 15m-19m. Most of the time you will be in either a medium to large kite depending on the size of the rider.

WIND DIRECTION AND LOCATION

SOUTH EASTERLY 

FAR BEACH BEST

I would recommend kiting here on either the incoming or outgoing tide. If you don't want a massive walk to start off with try and start your session at one hour after high tide and ride it out. Alternatively you can start at the bottom or 2 hours after low tide and ride the tide in. I wouldn't recommend riding here at high tide as its choppy and just not that great. 


TOWN BEACH 

I would recommend kiting here on either the incoming or outgoing tide. If you don't want a massive walk to start off with try and start your session at one hour after high tide and ride it out. Alternatively you can start at the bottom or 2 hours after low tide and ride the tide in. I wouldn't recommend riding here at high tide as its choppy and just not that great.

THE HARBOUR 

I would recommend kiting here on the outgoing tide (one hour after high at least) or at low tide. 

EAST POINT 

    I would recommend kiting here on the outgoing tide (one to three hours after high at least) or at low tide. 

    NORTH EASTERLY

    BUCASIA 

    I would recommend kiting here on the outgoing or incoming tide (one hour after high at least) or at low tide coming in. 

    BLACKS BEACH 

    I would recommend kiting here on the outgoing or incoming tide (two hour after high at least) or at low tide coming in. 

    NORTH WESTERLY 

    SHOAL POINT 

    I would recommend kiting here on the outgoing or incoming tide (two hour after high at least) or at low tide coming in. 

      SOUTH WESTERLY 

      • Nowhere - South westerlies are all off shore and gusty crappy wind