Windsurfing, a classsic watersport that may make you think of the 90s, and the rapidly gaining in popularity watersport of Kitesurfing (so much that in the 2016 Olympics in Brasil it will be replacing winsurfing which has been an Olympic sport since 1984) are brilliant sports for practicing in the UK! One thing is for sure, the UK, as an island, boasts an extraordinary coastline with excellent waves and wid for both of these aquatic sports that rely on the wind!

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Where to go in the UK:
  • Dorest. Dorset, located on the Southern coast, boast two fabulous spots for either windsurfing or kitesurfing. Weymouth Harbour, which will be the home to the Olympics,   is great due to its sheltered waters. It is a great place for intermediate surfers to perfect their skills as well as for those with the need for speed as the calm waters allow for surfers to pick up speed. Poole Harbour on the other hand offers a great area for all levels. The harbour offers shallow and sheltered waters for beginners while more the more experienced had surf along the coast.

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  • Co Kerry. Brandon Bay in Co Kerry offers waves big and small which come in from the Atlanic. The weather conditions vary, providing calm conditions for beginners to massive waves for adrenaline seekers looking for waves as big as a house!
  • Essex. The Ray, Southend-on-Sea offers conditions that are like night and day. Strong winds are perfect for reaching speeds like 50 knots while on a calm day a lagoon with perfectly flat waters.
  • West Sussex. West Sussex offers Shoredom and West Wittering for these watersports. Shordeom boasts large and rambunctious waves idea for more the advanced and it is even where many profesions train. West Wittering offers something for everyone, as depending on the tide, as when in has an water conditions fit for advanced level, or when the tide is out, sheltered waters for intermediate surfers.This is also where two daring kitesurfers made it over Worthing Pier by sailing through the air!

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  • Scotland. Heading up to Scotland, the Island or Tiree, Hebrdies is a place of relentless wind and waves that never cease as they come off the Atlantic Ocean. It is also home to The Tiree Wave Classic, which brings international windsurfers over for this competiton! An added bonus to this location is that is supposed to be the sunniest place in the UK!

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  • Cornwall. What watersports list wouldn´t be complete without Cornwall? Gwithian Beach is known for the amazing waves that roll in off the Atlantic as the beach lies on the North West coast.

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  • Hampshire. This is a great option for those looking for kite surfing or windsurfing in the south-east. The boasts conditions that are almost always suitable for these sports no matter which way the wind is blowing. The month of September boasts the Fat Face Night Surf competition!
  • Anglesey. Rhosneigr, Anglesey has hosted British National Wave Championships and some of our best kitesurfers and windsurfers have their roots in this part of the country. It is also an area with pleasant weather and non stop wind!
  • The Ray, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. At high tide, Chalkwell in Southend offers normal Thames estuary sailing. But low tide exposes the Ray, a protected lagoon that offers mirror-flat water and, in a howling gale, is where production board world speed record holder Dave White could break his record of 50 knots!

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Whether you are a windsurfer or kitesurf (or perhaps one of those who crossed over to the ¨Dark side¨ going from windsurfing to kitesurfing), you will not be short of places to practice the watersport of your choice here in the UK! If you are just starting out, contact one of our training centres for kitesurfing or windsurfing today!