Kitesurfing Lessons on the South Coast
The Kitesurf Centre is located on the south coast of England on the Dungeness peninsular. The Peninsular offers a great range of beaches within 10 minutes and all facing in different directions, so along with the safety boat we can teach no matter which way the wind is coming from. The area is also strangely classified as a desert due to the minimal amounts of rain.
It’s no secret that the beaches we use; Camber Sands, Greatstone and Winchelsea, are the best and most popular kitesurfing beaches on the south and east coast. Offering miles of sand, world class wind stats, shallow seas and safe conditions, they are perfect for learning and progressing in kitesurfing.
South Coast Weather
Due to the nature of our sports, the weather is very important and we rely heavily on Mother Nature.
We chose Camber Sands as our location because the wind statistics are extremely good with over 90% of the summer days usable for lessons – stats matching any worldwide location and the best along the entire south and east coast. The UK’s newest wind-farm behind our centre reinforces our decision.
The low lying open Romney Marsh helps produce fantastic thermal sea breezes in the afternoons even when no wind is forecast and is something we can always rely upon.
The prevailing wind comes from the south west direction and originally the Caribbean. It’s ideal for beginners, being smooth, warm and in a safe cross-onshore direction.
Our Kitesurf Beaches on the South coast
One of the prime kitesurfing locations in the UK with smooth winds and miles of sand, kiters travel from all over the UK to use this beach. It has a large tidal range offering huge open areas and during certain tides totally flat warm shallow pools – the ultimate conditions! We are fortunate enough to be the only school to have a dedicated licenced teaching area away from the main kite zone.
A somewhat unknown location that is possibly the best for learning and freestyle in the entire UK.
The beach is enormous (over 10 miles!) with no restrictions offering miles of usable safe conditions. It has very shallow shelving creating calm water that is still just waist deep even 400m out. It’s ideal for teaching as there are no waves. The beach is also very popular for landboarding and kite buggying with big open expanses.
This map shows the usable wind directions for Camber and Greatstone beaches plus the route from our centre to Greatstone:
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Wind and Tides
The internet is the most useful and accurate forecasting tool as it is constantly being updated, in the footer of this website there is a ‘Weather & Tides’ image which takes you to a page with all the information you need to plan your session, Live weather, Tide timetables and Wind forecast
These are the guidelines regarding kite sports on Camber sands which are also displayed on our centre in the Jury’s Gap car park.
Kite sports rules and regulations:
- It is advised that you have 3rd party liability insurance to fly your kite, this can be obtained via the BKSA membership
- Keep inside the restricted zone at the eastern end of the beach. Indicated by the black and white kite zone flag and sign 100m at the end of the Broomhill Sands car park, and the red flags about 800m to the east on the edge of the MOD land – see image below
- Avoid kitesurfing 2 1/2 hours either side of high tide to avoid hidden groynes
- Never launch or land your kite when a member of the public is walking down wind of you. Wait until they have passed
- Never launch and land your kite in between the groynes, carry it to the water’s edge to minimise time flying it on land. If you are new to the sport, launch your kite while standing in the water
- All kites must have an effective safety system and a leash
- Kitesurfers who cannot maintain a course across wind should practice downwind of the main crowd
- Kites that are not in use for a length of time must have the lines wound up and moved in between the groynes. Kites and lines must not be left out across the path of other beach users
- Assist other flyers with launching and landing their kites
- When standing on the water’s edge keep your kite low to allow other kitesurfers to pass
- Never kitesurf in offshore winds
- If you are unsure of the conditions do not go out
Rules of the road:
- When passing, the upwind rider gives way to the downwind rider by raising their kite to allow the downwind rider to pass underneath. The downwind rider must also lower their kite for safe passing
- The starboard tack rider (right leg leading) has right of way over the port tack rider(left leg first)
- Maintain a downwind buffer zone when jumping and performing tricks
- Always look behind you before starting any manoeuvre or turn
- You must give way to riders entering the water
Safety Information for spectators and other beach users:
- Be aware of the kite flyers in this area of the beach
- Always stand behind the kite flyer when spectating, kite lines can be very harmful under tension
- Bathers must take extreme caution when swimming in this part of the beach
- Kite flying can be dangerous, if you are interested in taking up the sport, have lessons