Perranporth Beach: watch the rigs, kiters

Enjoying kitesurfing has been considered to be dangerous in Perranporth, Cornwall, UK, because of a research carried out by the Plymouth University in partnership with the RNLI to study rip current.

There is scientific equipment in the water, some of which is on scaffold rigs and contains sharp objects.

The rigs are exposed at low tide and partly submerged at mid tide. The rigs lie in an area near flat rocks (mid beach) due to the excessive rip currents in this area and are marked by two yellow buoys on either side.

Some rigs have flouro tape on the uprights, others have smaller buoys on them to identify them. Therefore, this area will be dangerous to kitesurfers in the area, particularly those performing airs then landing in the area, or for those people less experienced.

There will be lifeguard presence at the weekends and during school half term and the survey team during other periods to inform any kiters in the area.

Rip currents are often found on high-wave beaches with bars and channels and in the vicintiy of coastal structures, rock outcrops and headlands. Rip currents can be very strong with flow speeds of 1-2 m/s (faster than an olympic swimmer). They are the main hazard to surf zone water users.