Fremantle's excellent seaside location would not be complete without surfing!
There are a few beaches around Fremantle where you can catch some waves. There are great surfing schools that can teach you and your children how to surf. Embrace the outdoor lifestyle!
Leighton Beach, home of the Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club, and Port Beach are favourites, with others too. You can find out more about the Fremantle Surfing Spots from the pros at www.wannasurf.com
These are the most popular spots to surf in Freo:
Rottnest also has good surf breaks. You can check out the best Surfing Locations on Rotto from the professionals:
The best surfing spots are:
Fremantle Surf Lifesaving ClubHeadquarters: 20 Leighton Beach Boulevard
Leighton Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports direct link:www.surf-forecast.com
You can find the Weather, Swell, Tides, Rainfall, Sunrise, Sunset and moon phases for Fremantle at Wily Weather.
Fremantle Offshore Swell Height and Direction: swell.willyweather.com.au
The Disabled Surfers Association is a total voluntary organisation, which sets world’s best practice for Disabled Surfers. ‘Lets go Surfing’ Days are held at Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club, Leighton Beach new car park.
Fremantle beaches attract wind and kite surfers, who take advantage of the city's strong afternoon sea breeze.
"Kite Boarding is a young and growing sport. There are quite a few different styles of kiting in Freo, the main three are Course Racing, Wave Riding and Freestyle," says Simon Wichtermann aka Swich, one of Australia's Top Kite Surfers, and Freo local.
Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing and paragliding into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard).
A kitesurfer or kiteboarder uses a board with or without foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel the rider and the board across the water. [Wikipedia]
"Woodman Point (Woodies) is an awesome Freestyle spot. It’s about 20mins south of Fremantle. The best thing about woodies is it works with almost any Wind direction as you have the three beaches. Beach one (south side) beach two (middle) beach three (north side).
Swan River is a good spot for Course Racing. It’s also good for the early morning Easterly’s winds.
Port Beach, Leighton Beach and further north are good for Wave Riding."
says Simon Wichtermann, of Swich Kiting.
"If you want to be informed about the upcoming events or you are interested in competing it’s a good idea to become a member of WAKSA (Western Australian Kite Surfing Association) in fact it is a must if you want to compete for insurance reasons"
advises Swich, One of Australia's Top Kite Surfers.
Kite Surfing Styles:
"Course racing: These are racing events - like a yacht race along a course, that involve both speed and tactics Secial purpose directional race boards with long fins are used. Some raceboard resemble to windsurfing boards. The goal is to outperform other kiters and come first in the race."
"Wave-riding: Wave riding (kitesurfing) in waves is a style that combines kiteboarding with surfing. Locations with a wave break are required. Most kitesurfers use a directional board (either with our without foot straps) that has enough flotation and good turning characteristics to surf the wave. Many kiters use a board that can be used for regular surfing too (with the foot straps removed). The kitesurfer follows the kite when riding the wave, so the pull of the kite is reduced. This style is popular with surfers since it resembles tow-in surfing. Some riders do it also ride waves unhooked"
"Freestyle: The kite and board are used to get big air (jumps) so that various tricks can be done while airborne. This style also used for competitive events and is free-format and "go anywhere". Smaller twintip boards and kites with good boost and hangtime are used."
Fremantle Pro Kiter
We have some of the top 10 riders in Australia in WA who kite surf around Freo. They are Daniel Anderson, Damian Gough, Ryland Blakeney, Simon Wichtermann, Chrissy Gaudieri, Shannon Ducker, Fabienne Bosiger.
Wind and Surf Gear:
Kitesurfing, Surfing & Kiteboarding, Windboarding gear can be found at SOS Surf Co, Fremantle
Wind Direction in Fremantle:
Want to know the Wind in Fremantle? Try this great tool from Windfinder. Fremantle Wind Forecast
Seabreeze is another good side to check out the wind www.seabreeze.com.au
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