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janaeo
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Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:59 pm
Kiting since: 2000
Local Beach: shoreham,
lancing occasionally
hove occasionally,
Favorite Beaches: havent yet kited anywhere else but im always looking for places to go and people to go with.
Style: freeride and speed/race
Gear: best kahoona v3 5.5m
naish cult 9m
takoon nova 2 12m
takoon skoop 17m
(3 other kites loking to sell)
litewave 125-35 twintip
6"8 bunty surf
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: england

uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby janaeo » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:53 pm

hey guys and girls
new to this forum and i know this has probably been done to death but i wanted to get a chat going about englands best and worst kitesurfing spots, sea side and inland.
also looking to go to a few more places with flat water if any one has any suggestions.

John-B
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Kiting since: 2006
Local Beach: Troon Scotland
Style: Everything badly!
Gear: Airush Razors 11/9/7 & 135 Shinn Street
Brand Affiliation: Airush/Shinn

Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby John-B » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:02 pm

A lot of England's best kitesufing spots are in Wales or Scotland :lol:

bri
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Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby bri » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:55 am

The UK forum is www.kiteboarder.co.uk

The wet, windy islands are perfect for kiting all year round, You just need to rubber up.

janaeo
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Posts: 21
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:59 pm
Kiting since: 2000
Local Beach: shoreham,
lancing occasionally
hove occasionally,
Favorite Beaches: havent yet kited anywhere else but im always looking for places to go and people to go with.
Style: freeride and speed/race
Gear: best kahoona v3 5.5m
naish cult 9m
takoon nova 2 12m
takoon skoop 17m
(3 other kites loking to sell)
litewave 125-35 twintip
6"8 bunty surf
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: england

Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby janaeo » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:09 pm

any one kitesurfed whitstable?
lookinngn to go up that way as the wind in off shore on the south coast all this week.
was just wondering if there are any restrictions etc that any new comer to the area should know about.
cheers

average rider
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Posts: 69
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Kiting since: 2000
Local Beach: Omaezaki, Chiba
Favorite Beaches: The windy ones with clean waves and no people
Style: waves
Gear: RRD
Brand Affiliation: None

Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby average rider » Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:21 am

I have not kitesurfed Whitstable for many years so I do not know about any restricitions that may have come in to play in the last 5 years. But as a spot it's not bad at all. The water looks horrible due to the clay I guess, there is some current but the big factor to watch (like most of UK I guess) is the tides. You want low to mid tide. At high tide you don't have any beach and there are groins, it just doesn't work. Also I remember at low tide, I wiped a board (and nearly myself) out on a rock so be a little careful. The nice thing is on low tide you get some good flat water and plenty of space. Added bonus being good oysters and beer to be found after.
Maybe try these guys for more up to date info: www.board-worx.com

mike dubs
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Kiting since: 2000
Local Beach: southend, whitstable, camber
Favorite Beaches: west end of camber sands
Style: Surf
Gear: FireWire, BWS drifter, nobble skim board, 12/9/7 bandit 5's
Brand Affiliation: None

Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby mike dubs » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:06 am

I kite Whitstable a lot when it's northerly. Just by the shop you can park on seafront, at low tide there is a shingle bank that is about half a mile long we call the street. Leaves flat water on the downwind side. Also a couple of miles up the shore eastwards at tanker ton there is a place called the point, gets a nice waist/chest high wave at high tide in a NE that I'll be on next few days.

Lots of little bays between Whitstable and margate.

Mike

bri
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Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby bri » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:44 pm

NE' erlies in the UK are usually cold so boots, hood, gloves essential

janaeo
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Posts: 21
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:59 pm
Kiting since: 2000
Local Beach: shoreham,
lancing occasionally
hove occasionally,
Favorite Beaches: havent yet kited anywhere else but im always looking for places to go and people to go with.
Style: freeride and speed/race
Gear: best kahoona v3 5.5m
naish cult 9m
takoon nova 2 12m
takoon skoop 17m
(3 other kites loking to sell)
litewave 125-35 twintip
6"8 bunty surf
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: england

Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby janaeo » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:39 pm

thanks for the info guys, have to see what the winds gonna do and maybe head over that way.

as for the cold, not a bother, i used to sail in winter, fool hardy but a lot of fun, just have to keep trying to throw tricks to keep warm.

maybe see you guys down there (up there for me)

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doggy
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Local Beach: Camber Sands, Greatstone
Favorite Beaches: Camber Sands, Greatstone, Hayling Island, Majanicho
Style: Wakestyle, Freestyle, Surf
Gear: Liquid Force
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Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby doggy » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:15 pm

A very good beach in south east for flat water on a NE is Greatstone. Huge expansive beach that has small waves as it is round the coast from the SW swell and there are no sand banks to create the wave. It is usable on all tides apart from spring high when you need to leave about an hour either side. It is a very flat beach so low tide is a long way out, about 15min walk so can be good to avoid a spring low!


There is some more info about it and also Camber beach, HERE

sijandy
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Re: uk kiting areas, the good, the bad and the ugly

Postby sijandy » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:36 pm

The street gets too busy as it is without advertising it on the net!!!


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