Brief intro: Troon is arguably Scotlands
most popular windsurfing beach. 2 beaches separated by
a marina give excellent bump and jump/small wave conditions
in a wide variety of wind directions. With spectacular
views across the Clyde and one the Worlds finest Golf courses,
Troon is definitely worth checking out!
Beaches Face: South beach – SW, North beach – W
Best direction for waves: South Westerly brings the best
waves in from the Irish Sea. South beach will be cross
onshore with lots of white water and breaking waves whilst
North beach will have slightly smaller waves but will be
much cleaner and more sailable. The North beach is generally
the best bet unless the wind is from the South or waves
are too small.
Not good: Anything from the South to the North via the
East is a non starter really as the wind blows offshore
over the town and is too gusty.
Tide: Both beaches are quite tidal and best sailed from
mid to high tide. When the tide is out, both beaches offer
a ‘bit of a walk’. The up side is that South
beach becomes sheltered by a reef and offers excellent
beginner/flat water conditions. Best waves will usually
be found 1-3 hours before high tide.
What’s on the bottom: Sand, although there are
a few patches of rocks at South beach at low tide.
Any hazards: South beach has a reef running parallel
to the beach about 150m offshore. This can be sailed over
at all but low tide.
Other water users: There are a couple of kitesurfing
schools operating from Troon so there are always a few
kiters on the water. There’s more chance of polar
bears than swimmers!
Suitability/levels: From beginner to expert. Although
not powerful, beginners may find the waves a bit disconcerting
as they tend to be quite close together. Experts looking
for down-the-line sailing are unlikely to find it at Troon,
but they will get fun sized cross-onshore conditions.
Wipeout factor: Nothing to be worried about. Waves are
rarely big enough to cause any problems and a gradually
shelving beach prevents any nasty shore break.
Instruction: Only kitesurfing instruction from the local
shop Extremezone (Tel: 01292676010, www.extremezonesports.co.uk)
Kit hire: None
Friendly factor: A windy weekend will see up to 40 sailors
on the water ranging from beginners up to top UKWA freewave
competitors. There is always a friendly atmosphere although
if you’re not from Scotland you might not understand
a word they‘re saying! (The accents can be quite
strong in this area.)
No wind alternatives: If golf is your ‘thing’,
it simply doesn’t get any better! There is an abundance
of top quality golf courses including Royal Troon – one
of the Worlds finest. If you’re not into golf then
there are plenty of other things to do including, kiting,
mountain biking, fishing, shopping and sight seeing along
one of the most beautiful strips of the British coastline.
Surfable: I would love to say its one of the surfing
Worlds best kept secrets but in fact it’s a complete
waste of time. If there’s no wind, there are no waves – simple
||Public toilets available on both
beaches – enter at your own risk!
||Nearest is Pro Adventure Scotland
who are at least an hour away. However, they sometimes
come down to the beach with the van so if your after
something get in touch
Tel: 01369 703669
||Everything from chip shops to swanky
café’s – its got it all within a
few minutes walk
||Free and plenty. Tarmac at the
South beach, grass at the North.
||Plenty very close by
Accomodation: Lots of B+B’s and
hotels (check www.troononline.net/accommodation.htm)
Local hotshots: Chaz Hood, Alan Jackson, Scott McDowell,
Ian McKenzie, Ian Gibson and Adrian Jones
Local Knowledge/secrets: If the wind has been Westerly
and swings North Westerly, the North end of South beach
can give fantastic steep ramps and well spaced waves. If
the wind is light/ moderate North Westerly during the day,
a sea breeze will often give nice 4.7m – 5.0m conditions
at North beach in the late afternoon/early evening.
Extra: www.xcweather.co.uk has
a weather station at Prestwick Airport which gives you
an idea of conditions at the beach as it’s only a
few hundred yards away.
Reporter: Local sailor Adrian Jones