Visiting NSW, Australia to Kitesurf?
Please visit our
page where you can learn about different kiting beaches, important safety information and beach restrictions before kiting in Sydney and NSW.
A friendly reminder that kitesurfing at
is not permitted by Waverley Council - at all times of day (even after or before the flags are up). Bondi Beach
Maintaining a positive perception of our sport by the public, media, authorities and other water/beach users is very important to continued enjoyment by members at all NSW beaches.
23 May: Awards & Quiz night + AGM
Pub Quiz, Bogus kiter awards, Video Comp
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 23 May 2013 at 7pm at
Beach Road Hotel, 71 Beach Road, Bondi. Last year we had a great turnout and we held a kite training clinic (a bunch of short presentations on kiting). This year we will be:
Voting in the new committee
Kiting pub quiz with fun prizes**
Video competition - best 30 second video - so let’s see you GoPro clips!
NSW Bogus Kitesurf Awards NSW Kite-video Awards
30 seconds MAX - shorter better!
Play the vid on the night, you must be there to collect your prize
Voting by show of hands and cheering from the audience on the night NSW Fun Kiting Awards
We want to showcase the clowns who've been acting the part this season! So if you feel you deserve a bogus award or you know someone who you’d like to nominate, here are some ideas for the categories:
Most daring or outrageous kiter
Best looking kiter (male/female)
Most ridiculous wipe-out (evidence preferred)
Most painful experience
Most improved kiter
Kiter who has persevered the most
Kiter who talks it up the most
Totally %!@!@#! award
Most helpful kiter (why)
Any other category you feel deserves a bogus or semi-bogus award
Nominations for awards should be supported with a reasonable explanation (and/or photo/video evidence) as to why it is deserved. Please
and include your name and contact details and the full name of nominee to by Monday 20th May.
To receive an award, nominees must be present on the night.
NSWKBA Committee Nominations for next year
If you are prepared to roll up your (wetsuit) sleeves and put in some hard work on the committee for the next 12 months, we would love you to nominate yourself to take on a specific role
something positive to contribute (eg skills, turning ideas into action, time)
enthusiasm and be ready to work in a team
be ready to act in the best interests of our members
want to put something back into kiting - the sport that has given you so much!
On top of your formal role, everyone is a general dogsbody and chips in to help out at events, with decision making, and getting stuff done. You should expect to attend most meetings (2nd Tuesday evening of each month).
These are the roles we need to fill:
Treasurer (maintaining the bank account, budgets, accounting and organises the Annual Financial Statements)
Secretary (meeting minutes, calendar, agenda, to do list maintenance, mail, etc.)
Incorporator (run the NSWKBA Incorporation Project, and stay up to date with all things related to the structure of the NSWKBA organisation). [We really need help with this.]
Head of Membership (member database, membership drives and member assistance)
Head of Communications & Social Media (monthly newsletter, Facebook/email junkie please)
Chief Geek - Website, Email List Management, managing our Google Apps/Docs etc.
Head of Events (encourage new events, manage the many event co-ordinators)
State Association, KA & Regional Clubs Liaison - someone who communicates with KA, other state associations and the variety of NSW regional clubs
Graphics Designer - someone to create event flyers, web images and other cool looking graphics.
Head of Logistics - someone who looks after all our gear and the trailer.
* President and Vice-President - would typically also run one of the other roles too.
If you would like to be involved on the committee - please
and let us know.
Old Bar : Kite Safety Teaching Course
Loads of people are getting into Kitesurfing. They (hopefully) go for a couple lessons and then they head down to one of our beaches and get their kite out and head out into the great unknown. What I'm keen to see is more people with safety training skills to help beginners learn the sport more safely. Beginners still need to get lessons, but it would be good to have more people skilled up to help them and to keep an eye on them when they start doing their stuff without their instructor.
Another reason for holding this course is to try to keep kiteboarding recognised as a fun and approachable sport. It is growing all the time and if people start dropping kites on families on the beach and often need rescuing from authorities then restrictions may start to pop up all over Sydney. As kiters we should work together to ensure the safety of beginners and the longevity of the sport.
Date to Diarise:
Fri 8 to 10 March 2013
Only a few spaces left for Coaches :
Register and more details here
(Newbies category is now sold out)
Classic Kurnell Crossing
We are putting together an event where we can all kite from Brighton Le Sands (first car park) to Kurnell and back. This won’t be a race but more of a social group get together to promote safe kiting, meeting new people and getting a taste of new spots.
Date to Diarise: Sat 19 or Sun 20 January 2013. Probably 3pm - 6pm (*Wind permitting)
More details to follow soon...
If you've renewed your membership - then a big thanks to you! You are awesome!
If you haven't yet - then please consider renewing your NSWKBA membership here
(Membership lasts for 12 months from signing up)
Membership is important - because it forms a community which represents kiting in NSW. Kitesurfers having insurance and a body of representation is crucial in keeping kiting allowed on our NSW beaches.
Membership also allows for participate in our events, 3rd party insurance and some great discounts.
... show your tag or call the stores with your member number
On 31 Dec 2012 - there will be a NSWKBA Badge draw.
The lucky winner will enjoy a 2013 Kitesurfing Adventure Tour with
* Please feel free to tell all your kiter friends.
NSW State Titles - Race Series
After a very successful race series last year we are please to announce that the 2012-2013 Race Series is on again this year.
Who: Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a top competitor to compete and have fun!
When: First races start Saturday 20 October 2012.
Sat 20 Oct 2012 (Round 1)
Sat 3 Nov 2012 (Round 2)
Sat 17 Nov 2012 (Round 3)
Sat 12 Jan 2013 (Round 4)
Sat 26 Jan 2013 (Round 5)
Sat 9 Feb 2013 (Round 6)
Sat 23 Feb 2013 (Filler - TBC)
Starts around 2pm (and is dependant on wind).
Location: Assemble at the carpark just south of Hollywood St, on The Grand Pde, Ramsgate/Monteray, Botany Bay around 2:00pm for registration. (
Remember you'll need to be a member of AKSA/NSWKBA to compete in the Races (insurance).
Contact: Graeme for more details 0411 302 180. We need helpers to make this work, so if you can lend a hand please make yourself known on the day or beforehand. Hope to see you there!
Cheers from NSWKBA & South Sydney Kite Club.
Keeping Kitesurfing Safe in NSW
• NSW Kitesurfing Safety (important!)
The following snippet is also relevant on beaches where we share the water with swimmers, surfers and other vessels.
Kite surfing is an activity in which a person is situated on or over water on a board, a ski or skis or a vessel and the power of a controllable kite, or similar equipment, is used to propel the person across the surface of the water. A surf kite is classified as a vessel and therefore comes under NSW marine legislation.
Implications of classification as a vessel under marine legislation:
Kite surfers and their equipment, including kite and lines, must maintain a minimum distance of 60m from any persons or non-powered vessels or 30m from powered vessels and any objects in the water or if that is not possible a safe distance.
Stay out of a designated surf zone. A designated surf zone is defined as the area extending 500 metres out from shore between surf patrol flags or signs.
Stay out of a swimming area, which is defined as the area extending 60 metres out from shore between signs for swimmers.
In practical terms this means that a kite surfer must be at least 60 metres from a swimming zone and at least 60 metres from a board rider or person on a surf ski, kayak or the like.
The 2013-2014 membership process for NSW Kiteboarding Association (NSWKBA) and the Australian Kitesurfing Association (AKSA) is processed on the www.aksa.com.au site.
To join or renew your membership for the next 12 months please visit
Thank you for your support.
The NSWKBA is a non profit organization run by NSW volunteers with a love of kiting, with the aim of making kitesurfing more FUN and SAFE in NSW.
We are affiliated with the
Australian Kite Surfing Association (AKSA)
. All NSW kiteboarders who are members of AKSA are automatically members of NSWKBA and vice versa.
We want to link up the "locals" throughout the state and get a good community feeling amongst kiters, with a focus on enjoying the sport safely, rather than getting all concerned about what equipment to use.
We plan to do this by:
Getting in contact with NSW kiters, finding out where they kite and what they would like the organization to do for them, it might be help with approaching the local council, help setting up a local club, or help running a comp.
Listing the approved kite schools and instructors within NSW so learners can find them easily, and also list "beginner friendly" contacts in each area to make learning easier and safer.
Running social get togethers and comps/BBQs.
Listing local area info showing where to kite and where to avoid, based on local info.
Helping run the state titles to allow the states best kiters be recognized and advance to the nationals.
Promote safe kiteboarding practices
Strengthen the NSW kiteboarding community
Organize and sanction competitions to allow ranking of states top riders
Develop local clubs and provide them with resources, this has happened in Newcastle, Wollongong
, South Sydney, Canberra, and North Sydney
Encourage social events for kiters, Beach BBQs, downwinders etc
Provide useful information on www.nswkba.com.au-Work with local government to ensure access to beaches
Work with lifesavers/waterways/coastguard to improve emergency procedures
Promote youth and women’s kiteboarding development
Benefits of NSWKBA Membership
Join and participate in a community of kiters. Having an official community allows us to liaise with local councils so that kite beaches can stay open.
Australia-wide AKSA $10M public liability insurance policy
AKSA Membership card and harness tag to identify membership and insurance coverage, required by Councils to kite at several Australian beaches
Access to state and national competitions (all NSWKBA and AKSA events require all individuals entering to hold AKSA-sanctioned insurance coverage)
Regular newsletters detailing local events and safety alerts
A point of contact for any inquiries by local council etc.
Up to date information on www.nswkba.com.au including Local Kite Spots, Competition and Event info, where to get lessons etc.
Kite Community helping you get in touch with other kiters, so you don’t have to learn/kite on your own.
Political and lobbying representation of the sport at State, National and International levels