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Semaphore Beach, Adelaide, South Australia

Semaphore Beach, Adelaide, South Australia
Region: Oceania
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Located in Southern Australia, on the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent, Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of South Australia. It makes sense then that it would have pretty big suburbs. To put things in perspective, Adelaide’s suburbs extend 20km from the coast to the foothills and 100km from north to south (Gawler on its northern tip and Sellicks Beach on its southern one).

One of Adelaide’s suburbs is Semaphore, a seaside suburb that poses interest to us because it is one of the places in Australia were you can enjoy a bit of kiteboarding. Here are the details you need to know about Semaphore Beach, should you pick this location to get your kiteboarding fix:

Wind
The best months to go to Semaphore Beach for wind are January, February, March, April, May, October, November, and December. The following months cannot be classified as the best, but they can prove to be pretty good nonetheless: June, July, August, and September.

The wind blows from the N, NW, S, SW (side onshore, side shore) at Force 4-5. The wind is at its peak in the afternoon.

Water
The water conditions (choppy, small waves) are suitable for riders of all levels, from the novice who is just now picking up the basics up to the expert who wants to have a bit of fun. Speaking of fun, the conditions here are excellent for speed and freestyle riding.

Other useful information
Out of all Australian capital cities, Adelaide is the driest. Because of this dryness the climate can be better classified as semi-arid – it should have been classified as Mediterranean. From October until April the average temperature is of about 22°C. From May until September the average temperature is of about 16°C. Please note that these are average temperatures; actual temperatures may vary.

The following facilities are available: launch area, toilets, showers, food, parking. The beach is part of the Adelaide Metropolitan coastline.

When launching your kite, make sure to leave enough space between yourself and other riders. Many accidents occur because people don’t keep a safe distance from others downwind when launching. If the beach is crowded, do not launch and land on your own; have someone else help you out.

Riding next to the shore is not advisable. Other beachgoers will want to use that bit. Head out, go to the deeper waters; the beachgoers will not bother you there.

Fun fact: Gulf St Vincent received this name back in 1802; it was named thusly by Matthew Flinders, one of the most successful navigators and cartographers of his age. Before being named Gulf St Vincent, the golf was known as Golphe Josephine.


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