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Best sun shelters for the watching family

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Created by TylerS 28 days ago, 22 Dec 2019
TylerS
NSW, 5 posts
22 Dec 2019 4:14PM
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I'm hoping my family can come to play in the sand while I'm out on the water. With a sun sensitive wife (Lupus) we need a sun canopy or shade with room for a couple of young kids to play. I'm generally out on 15-30knot winds. Has anyone come across shelters that can cope with that sort of wind?

Agent000
134 posts
22 Dec 2019 1:22PM
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anyone come across a family that can cope with that sort of wind?

cauncy
WA, 7678 posts
22 Dec 2019 1:36PM
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I built a house

lotofwind
NSW, 5442 posts
22 Dec 2019 4:40PM
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I guess it will prove or disprove how much your wife loves you if she will sit on the beach with the kids in 30knts getting sandblasted

Gazuki
WA, 1034 posts
22 Dec 2019 2:42PM
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Leave them at home, they and you will be grateful.

All chicks say they want to wait on the beach whilst you kite until the reality of it kicks in,.. 40 degrees, sweating, getting sand blasterd by 30knots,... you'll never hear the end of it. Sun shade or not its still fuct. I love the beach but you wouldnt catch me sitting on it 2pm mid summer.

bjw
NSW, 3129 posts
22 Dec 2019 5:59PM
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You guys are really helpful.

Gazuki
WA, 1034 posts
22 Dec 2019 3:21PM
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And that post was more??

bjw
NSW, 3129 posts
22 Dec 2019 6:44PM
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I wasn't any help either.

psychojoe
WA, 598 posts
22 Dec 2019 4:37PM
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There's some really cool beach wind breaks they sell in Portugal, bought one whilst there but luggage was overweight on the way back so had to throw it out. Have since used a spare kite

Plummet
4657 posts
22 Dec 2019 5:10PM
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As other have said. 20+ knots is a no go for sun shelters and kids on the beach for any extended time.

Side note. You might have some luck if you can find a location with a groin or some form of beach obstruction that blocks out the wind for a portion of the beach. If they can hide behind that they might last a bit longer.

In truth you are far better off leaving them at home and blazing for a session.

snalberski
WA, 679 posts
22 Dec 2019 6:14PM
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Simplest might be the camping gazebo type. You would need to not use the legs on the windward side so that edge is on the sand. It would still be an effort. Ive used a tarp with windward edge buried in the sand and adjustable tentpoles propping up the downwind side.
A fair bit of effort. Last season a bought a beach shelter which is like a small tent and pops up and down in one action. Its great for keeping the sun off but wouldn't work in windier conditions.

TylerS
NSW, 5 posts
22 Dec 2019 10:24PM
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Plummet said..
As other have said. 20+ knots is a no go for sun shelters and kids on the beach for any extended time.

Side note. You might have some luck if you can find a location with a groin or some form of beach obstruction that blocks out the wind for a portion of the beach. If they can hide behind that they might last a bit longer.

In truth you are far better off leaving them at home and blazing for a session.


Thanks mate,
Most often my spot is 13-18kn so it might just be possible and we could use the shelter for other beach trips on pleasant days as its more frequent gig.

thanks everyone. I'm happy for other ideas... I vaguely remember some of the kite companies using those large domes with 4 corners arching over huge cutouts. The other is the Lycra tents which my cope, especially the four pole option which leaves the materially essentially horizontal with minimal vertical edges. Have a great summer folks!

Spitfire
WA, 364 posts
22 Dec 2019 7:30PM
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www.kogan.com/au/buy/komodo-beach-shelter/

Something like this would be a nightmare in anything over 20 knots. It would just blow away. Possibly with ya kids inside it.

shi thouse
WA, 858 posts
22 Dec 2019 8:51PM
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Second the gazebos. Got one from BCF. Just don't extend the legs to the max and get some decent sand pegs. No problems!!

You can also buy side walls and they help as well. Or rig up a shade cloth side wall.

Jono77
WA, 334 posts
22 Dec 2019 10:03PM
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TylerS said..

Plummet said..
As other have said. 20+ knots is a no go for sun shelters and kids on the beach for any extended time.

Side note. You might have some luck if you can find a location with a groin or some form of beach obstruction that blocks out the wind for a portion of the beach. If they can hide behind that they might last a bit longer.

In truth you are far better off leaving them at home and blazing for a session.



Thanks mate,
Most often my spot is 13-18kn so it might just be possible and we could use the shelter for other beach trips on pleasant days as its more frequent gig.

thanks everyone. I'm happy for other ideas... I vaguely remember some of the kite companies using those large domes with 4 corners arching over huge cutouts. The other is the Lycra tents which my cope, especially the four pole option which leaves the materially essentially horizontal with minimal vertical edges. Have a great summer folks!


I totally agree with most, wife/girlfriends say they want to come and watch but reality is that it happens once (or maybe even chicken out as they walk down the path to the beach). If they do make it down, best they just have a long sleeved shirt and a hat that's tied to their head. Even if you get a barrier against the wind, the same cycles around the leeward side.

Lycra shelters also don't work. I bought one just for normal (no wind) days at the beach with kids but with a small puff of wind (less than 5 knots) it starts warping, flapping and falling over.

if the wife and kids want to watch you in the water, I'd say take up normal surfing in the morning before the wind picks up!!

psychojoe
WA, 598 posts
23 Dec 2019 6:12AM
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These are similar to the wind break I bought in Portugal
www.byronbaybeachlife.com.au/products/copy-of-byron-bay-beach-windbreaks

cauncy
WA, 7678 posts
23 Dec 2019 7:26AM
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Think about it
15 - 30 knts' pump up a 14 ' 10 '8 quiver on the beach
now to the family it looks like you've set them up some colourful beach shelters and makes you look like a caring parent
Where in fact your covering your arse for a decent session

eppo
WA, 7403 posts
23 Dec 2019 7:41AM
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Nothing really exists (that works) unless you have some natural shelter from the wind as well (then a BCF shelter thingy works well).
Start teaching your kids .... and leave the wife at home. You will thank me later.

lotofwind
NSW, 5442 posts
23 Dec 2019 1:54PM
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If you do set up a sun shelter style gazebo in 30knts, just make sure your wife wears a leg rope attached to it so you don't lose it if it blows over.

Peahi
VIC, 1134 posts
24 Dec 2019 6:20AM
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Just wax on about the benefits of a free exfoliation from an earthly organic sandblasting and sea minerals all naturally sourced organic vegan and gluten free

Or just leave them in the car with the phone (they won't get off that), and you p*ss off for a downwinder

rgeo
NSW, 46 posts
4 Jan 2020 9:17PM
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I got a sportsbrella XL Not sure if you can get them in Aus but they are pretty cheap in US on amazon. i've had mine up in 25+ knots easy. Doesn't go anywhere. And it's biggg.

Intheozone
WA, 238 posts
9 Jan 2020 10:07AM
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Similar to what you find on the UK beaches. Just bring a mallet to hit the posts deep into the sand. they work better in intertidal zones where the sand is moist. don't think they would stand up well on soft sand.

Phoney
NSW, 445 posts
9 Jan 2020 5:53PM
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I've got one of these, and its great. Super easy to put up/down.

coolcabanas.com.au

Its got for up to about 22kts and then it starts to lean over. Sometimes you get spots behind dunes that are sheltered from the wind and its fine for even more.

orac
QLD, 25 posts
11 Jan 2020 1:36PM
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we've got one of these, work up to a point. recommend them for sure.
www.neso.com/collections/tents

Swavek
WA, 332 posts
Sunday , 12 Jan 2020 8:11PM
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orac said..
we've got one of these, work up to a point. recommend them for sure.
www.neso.com/collections/tents


You've gotta be kidding - ridiculous price, would not withstand 10 knots, went back to store the same day I bought it :-)

Jono77
WA, 334 posts
Sunday , 12 Jan 2020 9:12PM
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Swavek said..

orac said..
we've got one of these, work up to a point. recommend them for sure.
www.neso.com/collections/tents



You've gotta be kidding - ridiculous price, would not withstand 10 knots, went back to store the same day I bought it :-)


Yeah, I've got one and was out of control when a small seagull farted near it. Mine I can't use over 5 knots.

unfortunately it's still in the back of my car. Ill sell it to someone for $150....

DutchRooster
NSW, 317 posts
Wednesday , 15 Jan 2020 11:47AM
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rgeo said..
I got a sportsbrella XL Not sure if you can get them in Aus but they are pretty cheap in US on amazon. i've had mine up in 25+ knots easy. Doesn't go anywhere. And it's biggg.


These are awesome - 8ft. Had 1 that lasted 5 years. Just bought a new one on fleabay $150.



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