Hill Head Kitesurfers
Code of conduct for kitesurfing at Hillhead and Salterns Park.
If you wish to kitesurf at Hillhead we would be happy to see you out having fun but please can everyone try to follow the local rules so that we can all continue having fun for many years to come. This code of conduct has been developed to help kitesurfers and the public at Salterns Park and Hillhead to stay safe. Please respect it, abide by it and communicate it to anyone you see who is not acting in accordance with it.
Kitesurfing code of conduct for riding at Salterns Park, Hill Head
Ensure you have third party liability insurance.
Help anyone in need of assistance.
Keep away from the childrens play area.
Do not fly your kite over the beach while kitesurfing.
Do not walk along the promenade with your kite in the air, or walk on the beach with your
kite over the promenade or the car park.
Do not do any tricks within 50m of the beach
Tell the coastguard you are safe if yo lose your board on the water
Kitesurfers Right of Way
When crossing upwind riders should fly their kite high, downwind riders should fly theirs low. The rider coming into the beach from the water gives way to the rider leaving the beach. A rider on the port tack (kite on the left side) gives way to a rider on the starboard tack (kite on the right side) – kite on the right, has right of way. Always look around before turning or performing a trick Stay away from swimmers and swimming areas Give way to all other water users
Kites and Equipment
Regularly check you safety release systems. Check for wear and tear on all your equipment Always use a kite leash and effective safety system Carry a knife that can cut your heaviest line
Setting Up, Launching and Landing Kites
Please set up towards the middle/far end of the park away from the childrens play area. Do not launch close to non-kiters or if the launch area is crowded with people. Put a weight on your kite when left on the land. Snake or wind up your lines when leaving your kite unattended. Look out for riders returning to shore and be ready to help land their kite safely. Please do not empty stones from your weight bag onto the grass.
Check local weather conditions before riding. Do not go out in an offshore wind. Only go out around high tide if you can confidently ride upwind both ways. Wait until mid to low tide if you are learning or are a beginner. If the beach and shoreline are busy wait until they have cleared before going out. Do not spend time flying the kite on land
Picture taken by local Kitesurfer Craig Byrne