Kitesurfing on the South East Coast of England
For the purpose of this guide, we’ve classed the South East of England as starting in North Norfolk, on the Southern Bank of the Wash, all the way around to Newhaven. West of Newhaven we’re onto the South Coast. Above Norfolk, we’ve classed as the North East Coast.
Eastern areas of the UK tend to be drier and cooler than the West. They also experience a greater variation in both daily and seasonal temperatures. The UK’s weather is strongly influenced by its latitude (Southern areas are generally warmer than those in the North) and the Atlantic Ocean. The East Coast is affected less by the weather systems coming off the Atlantic than the West. The South East (more so the far southern areas) is influenced by continental tropical air mass which brings warm dry air, resulting in warmer summers.
The East Coast tends to be less windy than the West Coast, and the prevailing winds for the UK tend to be South Westerly. Winds from a Northerly direction, clockwise to Southerly, tend to be few and far between.
Thankfully there are spots on the South East Coast that will work on Westerly directions: those on the North facing shore of The Wash, and those on the Northern Coast of Kent.
Our Favourite Kitesurfing Spots on the South East Coast of England
We have to be honest here. We regularly travel down to North Norfolk because the beaches there work on Westerley winds. We haven’t actually managed to get any further south on the East Coast yet. We’ve had to rely on input from fellow kitesurfers to get our data for those beaches.
We’re massive fans of Old Hunstanton, a really lovely spot which often provides near flat-water for freestyle/wakestyle moves. It has a big, beach carpark which always seems pretty sheltered and provides a nice respite from the wind when you need a rest.
Tell us which your favourite spots on the South East Coast are, and why, and we’ll post your comments up here.
Our full list of guides for the South East Coast is below (or you can use the map at the top of the page):
Brancaster features a long, beautiful sandy beach. At around 2/3rds tide height you’ll often find flat water, perfect for freestyle/wakestyle kitesurfing.
Hythe Beach Kent
Hythe is a small, coastal, market town on the edge of Romney Marsh in Kent. It features a large, pebble beach which backs onto a promenade, where you can park for free.
East Beach, Southend-on-Sea
East Beach is at Southend-on-Sea and is really popular with kitesurfers, especially during the summer months. The local kitesurf school uses this beach for teaching.
Greatstone Beach, Kent
Greatstone beach in Kent offers a huge beach with a well established kitesurfing scene. It offers large areas for kitesurfing that are kite-able at all states of tide.
Camber Sands is a sandy south-facing beach near the Kent/East Sussex border. The site is slightly choppy in light winds, but you can get some big waves with south westerlies.
Minnis Bay, Birchington-on-Sea
Minnis Bay is at Birchington-on-Sea in Kent. Kitesurfing is positively promoted here. It features a long stretch of beach with plenty of space for setting up.