Kite Surfing Starr Gate, Blackpool
Starr Gate is situated in the district of Lytham in Blackpool, just a few hundred metres from Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But don’t let that put you off, St Anne’s is a spectacular kite beach with a big kite surfing scene.
The waves here can get pretty big so bring your wave board. If flat water shredding is your thing, you might want to head to the neighbouring beach, St Anne’s.
- On street parking
- Blackpool – pubs, chippies etc
- Blackpool Airport (for those of you visiting from overseas – you could walk from the airport to the beach, it’s so close)
- South Shore Board Riders Club
- Crazy Golf, if that’s your thing
Starr Gate will work on anything from N all the way around to South. The neighbouring beach St Anne’s works on SSE clockwise all the way round to NW, if the wind swings round a bit.
Hazards to watch out for
The swell can get pretty big when you head out, best to stick nearer the beach unless you’re really confident.
High tide leaves very little landing area.
The aforementioned South Shore Board Riders Club has a clubhouse with showers and a bar. For £60 per annum, membership gets you access to the clubhouse and free parking in its car park.
From outside the South Shore Board Riders Club, just walk onto the beach, and aim left. Launch here and ride south of the club. Don’t go further North toward the promenade.
Wind Forecast & Live Readings
I’m hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here’s a link to 7 day wind forecast for Blackpool.
And if you’re wondering if it’s on right now, there’s the Met Office reading taken hourly: Latest hour by hour wind readings, Crosby. Or if you don’t fancy that one, there’s a last live wind reading from Blackpool Airport – click the current (METAR) tab.
Getting There and Parking
Getting to Starr Gate is really easy. Follow the signs for Blackpool Airport. You’ll come down the A5230 with the airport on your left. When you reach the end you’re pretty much opposite the South Shore Board Rider club. When I’ve been we’ve parked in the layby outside the the South Shore Board Riders Club gate, parking there is free.