East Beach is located at Southend-on-Sea in Essex, which apparently boasts the longest pleasure pier in the world. But you don’t care about that — you’re here to find out about kitesurfing at East Beach.
East Beach is really popular with kitesurfers, especially during the summer months. The local kitesurf school uses this beach for teaching and have a designated kite area between the boom and the slipway.
East Beach will work on anything from NE all the way around to a SW.
Low tide can mean a walk of a mile or more. Don't ride at high tide unless you are proficient and can comfortably stay upwind.
The local advice is not to ride for 90 minutes either side of high tide. If you follow this, you'll find the water is shallow enough to stand up in at all times.
Shallow water means this is a great spot for beginners, and for practicing freestyle/wakestyle tricks.
There is a large grass area for launching and landing in the designated kite area between the boom and the slipway.
The local kite club has worked really hard to build a good relationship with the foreshore office, so please ensure you stick to the designated areas and be considerate to other beach users. If in doubt as a local rider for advice.
Important information when Kitesurfing in the Southend area
- You MUST have 3rd party Insurance
- Use the zones listed on this page
- Always exercise common sense
- DO NOT put yourself or others at risk
- Be courteous to other beach users
- If you see someone disregarding this advice let the local Club or School know about it
- You are strongly advised to seek professional tuition before attempting to kite surf.
Facilities here depend on the season. During the summer you have:
- Burger van 500m from the kite area
- Kite school at the beach, weekends through the summer months. They offer kite gear rental.
- Dedicated parking area
There are toilets open all year.
Planning has recently been approved for a bar/restaurant, which is due to be built over the next year.
Bathers, sun bathers, dog walkers, other beach goers. This is a popular spot so be careful and respectful.
Boat moorings in the centre. Avoid.
Getting There & Parking
There is dedicated parking for the beach / common. This is gated and locked though the winter. Keys are available from the local council, and many local kitesurfers already have a set. There's also on street parking just outside the gate, and the walk to the beach from here is just 50m.
Weather Forecast & Live Readings
Check out the SX Kite addicts web site. They have a live wind report for Southend-on-Sea. There's also tide data for today and tomorrow.
For a forecast, head over to XC Weather for a 7 day wind forecast for Southend-on-Sea.