False Bay is a body of water characterized by Cape Hangklip and Cape Peninsula, located in the South-West of South Africa. The bay is 30 km/18.7 mi wide, offering a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and wet damp winters. The east and western shores of the bay are rocky and mountainous with visible peaks rising from the waters, while the northern side comprises a long curving beach.
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Kayaking in Watergate Bay Beach, Newquay, South West England United Kingdom
Watergate Bay Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Cornwall, at about 3 mi/5 km from the center of Newquay. Surf Kayakers get the opportunity to enjoy the Atlantic’s swells in a stretch of over 2 mi/3.2 km long, since this is a large, open bay, suitable for all kinds of surfing.
Watergate Bay Beach is suitable for all surf kayakers, either experienced or not. Being fully exposed to the Atlantic ocean, it gives powerful waves, breaking both left and right, for short but intense hollow close outs or for long lazy rides. Most common are the groundswells and the best swell direction is right and left. The tide doesn’t affect the quality of the surf kayaking, although the waves vary, giving rides up to 50 m-100 m/164 ft-328 ft. As for the sea temperature, the highest one is around August and the coldest is around March. Good quality wetsuits with neoprene gloves and boots will be necessary, especially on the coldest period.
In Newquay you will find a wide range of hotels, restaurants and bars and of course, the suitable surf school and shops, which will help you leave your myth of surf kayaking.