With plenty of flat, firm sand, suitable tides, great waves and the accessibility of seafront parking, lots of people enjoy beach and watersports at Cleveleys.
Kitesurfing at Cleveleys
Kitesurfing at Cleveleys is a popular watersport. One thing that the Fylde Coast isn’t normally short of is wind! You can watch their amazing displays at Rossall Beach.
Now we’re not sports people here at Visit Fylde Coast. So you’d have to do some research to find out the details of the best weather conditions for this sport. People regularly travel from all over the north west to catch a wave at Cleveleys.
One thing we do know is that on windy days there are often groups of people out on the waves, practising their discipline. You can see them throughout the year, in spring, summer, autumn and winter. It’s all a matter of when it’s windy.
Here’s a short clip of a group of kitesurfers against a setting sun – with the obligatory windy background noise!
Acrobatic Kitesurfing at Cleveleys
It’s fascinating to watch them, zipping along the water at what are incredibly fast speeds.
We’d say that most of the people you see are practised experts – especially when you see their acrobatic moves. Watch them jumping high into the air, carried by the wind in their kites. They make it look so easy, controlling the kites like a feather in the hand.
Beach and Watersports at Cleveleys: Bodyboarding
You don’t really see people surfing here on the Fylde Coast like you do in Cornwall and Devon. Presumably they’re the wrong kind of waves. But you do see people bodyboarding from time to time.
Bodyboarding is a water sport where the surfer rides a bodyboard on the crest, face, and curl of a wave. The wave carries the surfer towards the shore.
The most popular of the beach and watersports at Cleveleys is undoubtedly windsurfing. But it’s not uncommon to see windsurfing too.
Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines surfing and sailing. The surfer rides a 2-2.5m long board, powered by wind on a sail.
Now you need a calm, idyllic day for a spot of paddleboarding! It’s not really something you could attempt in a 40mph wind!
You’ll see people doing this either laid or stood on their board. When laid on the board they use their arms to propel them through the water. Stood up they use a … paddle!
Beach and Watersports at Cleveleys – A spot of sailing
There’s an active local fishing community in Cleveleys. The Wyre Boat Angling Club are based next to The Venue and you’ll often see them on the water. They are the small fishing boats, towed in and out of the water by tractors.
From time to time you’ll see other types of boats too. Small yachts with brightly coloured sails, like this one below –
You’ll also see people in canoes, enjoying the sunshine and calm seas, or using them to fish from.
Let’s go Fly a Kite
There isn’t usually a shortage of wind at the coast, and Cleveleys is no exception. After all, that’s why they build offshore windfarms!
The weather makes it an ideal place to come and fly a kite. It might be an ordinary toy one that you bought in a shop, or made yourself. You might prefer something of a larger scale, even so big that you need a harness to hold it down!
On the beach at Cleveleys you’ll find kids with small kites learning how to fly. Big kids pretending to amuse their children, and serious kiters with large, serious kites. Everyone is welcome, there is enough sky for everyone!
All through the year, the wind varies from a gentle breeze to a stiff gale. If kiting is your thing you’ll generally find enough puff in the sky to keep your kite airborne.
It’s one of lifes free and simple pleasures. A stroll on the seafront, or sit in your car and watch the show!
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