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Mackay Kiting Season Window

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Created by adante 9 months ago, 12 Feb 2018
adante
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12 Feb 2018 8:44AM
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I might be headed up to Mackay for work in the next couple of weeks and was thinking of taking the weekend(s) off as well and trying to kite.

Seen a few other posts on the forums here but not entirely sure if there is a season for this or what my odds (spitball) are of getting decent wind at this time of year. If it's a coinflip I'm sort of happy to have a punt, but obviously if it's buckley's chance then I probably won't bother lugging all my gear up.

Just wondering if any locals have any idea? (I appreciate wind prediction is like a black art and I'd be hesitant to offer solid advice for my local area, but a spitball would be good.. Like at least if somebody asked if I was kiting in Brisbane in July I'd be able to say it's a 10-to-1)

And on a more general note is there a general site that people go to find these things? My google-fu seems to have failed. In general I struggle to have a systematic place to find info for kiting locations such as % wind I struggled to find the same sort of info for other kiting destinations according to season. Everytime I search for beaufort I keep finding towns in Victoria, France and Carolina!

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Rails
QLD, 1122 posts
12 Feb 2018 7:19PM
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Reckon you are a decent chance, biggest problem this time of year is the rainy season, flushes out the river and you get dirty brown water, logs and the possibility of stingers, better at low tide but a longer hike in/out. Water at town beach can be 2kms away on a big tide cycle.
usually around 15-20knts but if you get a cyclone somewhere off of the coast the winds pick up.
Otherwise looking for a decent high over nsw/vic and the isobars stacked up along the qld coast.
harbour beach/east point for wave chop, shoal point if you get a northerly, mid tide.

sotired
WA, 525 posts
13 Feb 2018 6:12PM
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Rails said..
Reckon you are a decent chance, biggest problem this time of year is the rainy season, flushes out the river and you get dirty brown water, logs and the possibility of stingers, better at low tide but a longer hike in/out. Water at town beach can be 2kms away on a big tide cycle.
usually around 15-20knts but if you get a cyclone somewhere off of the coast the winds pick up.
Otherwise looking for a decent high over nsw/vic and the isobars stacked up along the qld coast.
harbour beach/east point for wave chop, shoal point if you get a northerly, mid tide.


By 'logs', do you mean those floating ones with the teeth?

adante
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13 Feb 2018 7:55PM
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sotired said..

Rails said..
Reckon you are a decent chance, biggest problem this time of year is the rainy season, flushes out the river and you get dirty brown water, logs and the possibility of stingers, better at low tide but a longer hike in/out. Water at town beach can be 2kms away on a big tide cycle.
usually around 15-20knts but if you get a cyclone somewhere off of the coast the winds pick up.
Otherwise looking for a decent high over nsw/vic and the isobars stacked up along the qld coast.
harbour beach/east point for wave chop, shoal point if you get a northerly, mid tide.



By 'logs', do you mean those floating ones with the teeth?


I must live a very sheltered life in Brisbane. When I went kiting in Newcastle the NSW map described a variety of areas as "sharky" and it wigged me out a bit. Now crocodiles in Mackay. What the hell guys, and honestly, how serious are you?!

What's the best site for a prediction for the wind this coming week (particularly sunday and wednesday)? Which wind radars d'you guys use? Is the Mackay airport reasonable indicative?

Farrout
QLD, 2 posts
16 Feb 2018 7:19PM
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Contact Alex at Adrenaline Rush in Mackay for great advice and service. Winds from the north east at the moment so Northern beaches such as Bucasia and Blacks Beach are preferred. Regular trades over 18 knots have been lacking this year so we take what we can get. If I was coming to Mackay for a short stay then I would leave the gear at home unless you foil.

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 666 posts
17 Feb 2018 9:19AM
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Rails said..
Nah, meant actual logs, there are a few crocs around but they'll never get you on a kite.
bom marine wind forecast or windy.com but it looks like that cyclone is sucking all the wind at the moment.
the airport or hay point is usually spot on for SE




Spot on re: cyclone. It's the same everywhere up here in FNQ at the mo. You might get some wind but nothing over 20knots. I would bring a big kite and hire a board from Adrenalin Rush - they are a great bunch. Otherwise, yeah foiling is the only option in these low winds. However we should get a good E-NE wind gust once that cyclone goes further South, around Tue/Wed this week. Unfortunately next weekend looks the same as this weekend... not much wind.

Farrout
QLD, 2 posts
11 Mar 2018 7:27PM
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Mackay has been enjoying a return of the trade winds for the last week, some rain squalls in the mix but solid 20 knot plus winds for the last week.



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