London Kitesurfing Lessons
So you're from London and you want to pick the best beach to learn to kitesurf near London? well there are a few choices and i'm sure location
and motorway connections are the main factors in most peoples decisions BUT lets look at some kitesurfing facts to help you pick the best spot.
The nearest beaches are possibly Hill Head, Camber and Essex. From London Hill Head is just a short trip down the M3 so that ticks a box with limited traffic
at the weekend, a good train link to Fareham or Southampton Central from London (we can pick you up from Fareham station) and a good bus link from London Victoria.
We have the location and transport from London sorted so lets now look at wind, weather and setup at your chosen beach. Hill Head has one of the best wind stats for the whole of the south coast and London. The SW wind funnels through the gap bewteen Calshot and the Isle of Wight which means that on a day that maybe other spots near London are having lightwind that's not quite enough to fly a kite, Hill Head will have plenty for a fantatstic lesson. In the summer we generally get winds from the South West, so finding a beach near London that is facing South West is a must, guess what? Hill Head beach faces South West. When you're doing your Kitesurfing Lesson you don't want to be getting beaten by waves so somewhere with flat water is a big advantage for comfortable and fast learning. Hill head beach has shallow flat waterpools which makes learning to kiteboard a safe and fun experience day for you and you're friends from London.
Olympic kitesurfing for londoners?
Kitesurfing had been confirmed for the 2016 Olympics. Kiteboarders were going enter as a course racing category. It seems
that this had come at a price, the price being windsurfing! Although not a popular decision I guess it's the evolution of
wind sports and cannot be helped. Windsurfing has now been reinstated and kiteboarding has been dropped! A shame yes but maybe its for
the best as the general thoughts of the London kitesurfers we spoke to was that it was too soon for the sport. Most of the people we spoke to outside of
london had concerns that their beaches would be packed with new kiteboarders. Whatever your thoughts on this subject, it's a shame for the younger
guys who could have had some serious funding to help their careers in this fantastic sport.
Course racing in the Olympics
So why course racing? Course racing is a more obvious choice as it's easier to understand for a non kiter, there is a clear winner in
every heat and it can be done in a lot less wind than freestyle. The wind range was a big issue for the olympic commitee and
the suggested wind ranges were as litle as force4 up to a max of 40knots! I think you'll agree that a 40knot kitesurfing race would be a lot of fun
to watch (and take part in). The apparent wind that can be generated by a kite is also a big talking point among potential crossover windsurfers.