In the 1800s a form of kitesurfing was invented to pull along carts and boats, mainly for commercial purposes, but now kitesurfing is a fun sporting hobby and is enjoyed by millions around the world.
Whilst here at Aurelia Herpin’s Kitesurfing School we are based in the beautiful surrondings of Tarifa, Spain you can enjoy kitesurfing a little closer to home!!!
Here are the best places to enjoy kitesurfing in the UK.
Perranporth beach, on Cornwall’s north coast, boasts golden flat sands, lifeguards and a pub (on the beach!), which is said to be the only one of its kind in Britain. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants surrounding the beach so you can stay well fuelled in between kitesurfing sessions.
There’s also parking available in front of the beach and on the cliffs – the bonus is, it’s free in winter. There are two kiting zones but this beach is also very popular with other beach and watersport users.
Poole Harbour in Dorset is good for any level of kitesurfer, from beginner up to advanced level. Beginners can feel safe in the harbour’s shallow areas and for speedier, experienced surfers Dorset’s Weymouth Harbour is the place to be, especially for Weymouth Speed Week in October. This area really is watersports pedigree, with the FC Watersports Academy, Poole Harbour Watersports and Surface to Air Kitesurfing.
The UK’s best kitesurfers go to Rhosneigr in Anglesey, venue of the British National Wave Championships. However, don’t be dismayed, it’s also good for learners. Wales also boasts Kimmel Bay, near Rhyl which has a massive beach and when the humongous waves subside, you will see perfectly flat water, which is excellent for novices.
Brandon Bay in County Kerry has the great advantage of the rolling Atlantic swell and can be a challenging venue with its variable weather and wind conditions. However, you can sometime be lucky and get flat water conditions, which is great for the novice kitesurfer.
Pettycur Bay Beach
For those north of the border, Scotland is home to Pettycur Bay Beach, off a lovely old fishing village in Fife.
Pettycur Bay itself has free on-street parking and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants for your refreshment in nearby Kinghorn. The tide here can come in very quickly so beginners need to beware of this and stick to low tide rides. The rapidly incoming tide can be a hazard to those who like to stash their gear on the beach so it’s probably best to leave it in the car, well out of the way!
Strictly speaking then, we’ve listed more than five great kitesurfing venues here but the UK has so many fantastic places to enjoy the sport we could be here all day! Just grab your gear and get out there.