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Hayling is a fantastic location but conditions vary greatly depending on the wind direction combined with the tidal state. Wind direction is important but equally important is the strength and speed of the wind. For example, underpowered in a southerly wind on Hayling is dangerous as this is directly onshore and is therefore difficult to get away from the beach. By virtue of CBK’s boat facilities many more wind directions are kiteable, as we will look to ferry kitesurfers to different parts of the sandbar, or alternatively to supervise to allow safe kitesurfing in offshore winds. The wind direction guide should provide you with general information about kiting in different wind directions, although the strength of the winds and the tide state will also have a significant impact on the suitability of conditions.

Direction

Aspect

Conditions

South

Onshore

Exercise caution especially when busy. If you are underpowered do not ride as you risk dropping your kite on the beach. It is very difficult to get away from the beach particularly if it is busy. Try to ride or walk out to the sandbar and kite in the mid/far lagoon to reduce beach congestion. The kite rescue boat will look to provide transport for CBK members to the sandbar in these conditions. Remember that in these conditions your kite can fly over the beach and presents a risk to the public. No tricks unless you are 2-3 lines lengths away from the beach.

South West

Cross
Onshore

Classic Hayling conditions particularly when the sandbar is exposed at low tide. Flat water in the lagoons and waves on the outside if there is a swell. Perfection! High tide can be a little choppy.

West

Chross
Shore

Excellent conditions particularly when the sandbar is exposed. Flat water in the lagoons. Probably the best direction for waves if there is a swell.

North West

Cross
Offshore

No kitesurfing recommended. At low water (springs) the sandbar will be exposed and it may be possible to kitesurf further out. The beach will be in the lee and it is difficult to keep power in the kite near it. It will also be gusty - these are the conditions when lofting most often occurs.

North

Offshore

No kitesurfing. In Northerly winds you should go to Ryde Sands, IoW.  Drive to Southsea, get the hovercraft to Ryde (10 minutes) and walk 5 minutes to the beach.

North East

Cross
Offshore

No kitesurfing. If you are desperate to kitesurf, go to Pagham or Ryde Sands, IoW. Otherwise you need to move to the East coast.

East

Cross
Shore

Average conditions although the lagoons are choppier as the sandbar does not provide shelter. Waves will be mushy if there is a swell as the wind collapses them. This is a good direction for kiting around the sandbar - beware of the currents on the West side though. The wind from the east is cold in the winter and warm in the summer, it tends to be a little less powerful than wind from the west.

South East

Cross
Onshore

Good conditions although the lagoons are choppier as the sandbar does not provide shelter in this direction. There will be waves on the outside if there is a swell but they tend to be mushy. Great jumping conditions.

When the wind is from the North, North East or North West check the CBK website to see when the rescue boat is providing ferrying to the sandbar and safety cover.