Exmouth Estuary (The Duck Pond), Devon
Brief intro: Flat water lagoon. Only
works at high tide and it’s like sailing on a lake.
Ideal for beginners and those craving very flat water.
Beware it is fairly shallow.
Beach faces: North west
Best wind direction: NE and NW
Best direction for waves: N/A
Not good: Southerly
Tide: Mid to high tide, no water at
low tide, only mud!
What’s on the bottom: Sand / sediment
Any hazards?: Only if you venture out
into the channel/river where you have moorings and a fast
Other water users: lots of kitesurfers
Suitability/levels: Beginners to Advanced.
The ultimate beginners spot because it is about 3/4ft deep
across the whole Lagoon stretching as far as Lympstone.
Perfect for learning to water start and freestyle heaven.
Wipeout factor: Can be quite shallow
so forward loops and aerial freestyle equals sore bum!
Instruction: YES for all levels. Enquire
at Waterfront Sports near the lifeboat station. (01395
Kit Hire: YES for all levels at Waterfront
Sports (Naish, Tushingham, North, Starboard, Mistral )
Friendly factor: Average of 30 windsurfers
most weekends and summer evenings on the estuary.
No wind alternatives: Phear Park Pitch
and Putt 2mins drive away, public swimming baths in sports
centre, typical seaside activities in the summer like donkey
rides, boat trips, arcades etc.
Waterfront Sports on the Seafront
10-1pm & 2-5.30pm
||KFC very close and other take aways
||Pay and Display (60p and hour),
can get very busy on hot days
||Plenty in town but no real windsurfing
Accommodation: www.exmouthguide.co.uk Tourist
Information Centre Tel. 01395 222299, Exmouth@btinternet.com
Local hotshots : Terry Luxton (UK Wave
Rankings 8 th, freestyle guru), John Hibbard (UK Wave Rankings
Local knowledge/secrets : If its an NW,
even if it’s super light, it funnels down the Exe
Estuary giving F4 plus land breezes depending on how hot
How to get there: M5, turn off at Junction
30, follow signs to Exmouth on the A376, head towards sea
front, when you get towards the town centre and pass the
train station, take the 3 rd left off the roundabout and
then 3 rd left again at the next roundabout, passing the
rugby ground and it’s the next left. Park alongside
Reporter : Terry Luxton
Born and bred in Exmouth. Sponsored by Naish Boards & Sails,