Hayling Island is the birthplace of windsurfing and is renowned for its consistent wind. It is also fondly called 'God’s pocket' as it gets more sunlight than any other place in the UK!
Hayling boasts some of the best kitesurfing conditions in the world, the East Winner sand bar which appears 4 hours either side of low tide creates a huge flat shallow lagoon for over a kilometre out to sea producing perfect learning conditions, which can be ridden in any wind direction.
We are in the unique position of being the only school to operate on Hayling Island, and we have our own dedicated teaching areas in flat, shallow, sandy water.
Most other schools on the South coast can only operate in certain wind directions, but because of the unique conditions at Hayling we can operate in all wind directions. This means our courses are rarely cancelled. Hayling is accessible from most South East locations and is just over an hour’s drive from London.
There is plenty of car parking, toilets, places to grab food and drink and if you are bringing family or friends with you who are not doing a course, they can always enjoy watching you over a drink from the comfort of the Inn on the Beach which has panoramic views of the kiting area.
The kitezones are organised and flagged. There should be no launching and landing within 50 metres of the groynes. Beginners are asked to stay at the far end of the beach and lagoon.
All members should be aware of the tidal state throughout their session. This can be found at http://www.pol.ac.uk/ntslf/tides/?port=0008.
On a Spring tide, the sandbar can be very exposed at low tide, so beware of the shallow water in the lagoon. The main currents are shown in the kitesurfing maps. The current to the west of the sandbar can be particularly strong on spring tides, so members are asked to exercise caution in these conditions.
West Beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Please do not fly kites on top of the shingle bank, and avoid kitesurfing around high tide when there is little beach left.
The Inn on The Beach is a stunning beachfront venue, with panoramic views across the Solent and West Beach. There is a conservatory and large terrace, spo whatever the weather you can enjoy the views. And with a large bar area upstairs and spacious restaurant, it makes a great place to sit and enjoy the kitesurfing action.
Tel: 02392 460043