Kitesurfing on the South Coast
For the purpose of this guide, we’ve classed the South Coast of England as starting at the South-West corner of Devon at Plymouth, heading East, as far as just west of Newhaven. Newhaven itself and eastwards fall into the South East Coast of England.
The South Coast features some stunning locations, and has a thriving kitesurfing scene, playing host to several events and competitions through the year.
The South Coast is the warmest and sunniest part of the UK. It’s generally out of the way of most of the Atlantic weather fronts that dominate the UK’s climate, meaning it enjoys relatively calm weather.
The South Coast is relatively sheltered meaning it has a slightly below average amount of wind compared with other areas in the UK. It does however feature a range of beaches to cater for almost any wind direction (apart from a pure Northerly).
Our Favourite Kitesurfing Spots on the South Coast of England
We’ve tended to head further South West, being regular visitors to Cornwall. We’ve had to rely on data from fellow kitesurfers for our South Coast guides. If you’d like to tell us about your favourite South Coast venue, drop us a line and we’ll post your comments up here.
Our full list of guides for the South Coast is below (or you can use the map at the top of the page):
Kite Beach Hayling Island
Hayling Island is an island off the south coast of England, nearPortsmouth. It has long been a hotbed of water sport / sailing activity, and now features a dedicated kitesurfing beach. At low tide you’ll find large, waist deep, flat water lagoons, perfect for beginners or for freestyle/wakestyle tricks.
Shoreham beach is a great spot for all abilities. Just ten minute drive from Brighton, it features a large stretch of pebble beach and an all round kitesurf experience.
Calshot Spit is a great location for kitesurfing (and windsurfing/SUP/kayaking) with a variety of sailing conditions from butter flat water to rolling swell at high tide.
Poole Harbour and Sandbanks Beach
Poole Harbour and Sandbanks Beach features a shallow bay and is considered by some to be the best beach in the UK. A great spot for learners or those with a fear of the deep stuff.