An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Hayling Island is the birthplace of windsurfing and boasts some of the best kitesurfing conditions in the world. The island has a dedicated kitesurfing beach with a large sandbank that creates a natural bay you can get a good mix of flat water and waves to play around in. At low tide, there are large, waist deep, flat water lagoons, perfect for beginners, freestyle and wakestyle tricks. Kite Beach will work with any winds from east to west. There is a private member’s club here so you will have to either join the club (£150 per year) or arrange a day pass (£20).  It has a great club atmosphere with safety cover provided at the beach, ongoing events, as well as a restaurant to grab some food after your session. The beach is situated on the Seafront, opposite Chichester Avenue and parking is available right in front of the beach (GR 50.785726, -1.007281). Lessons and equipment hire are available at CBK Kitesurfing

Hayling is a mecca for Stand Up Paddle Boarders with a variety of conditions to suit. The island is the HQ for the SUP Magazine, UK. Say no more.

Sailing is also big on the island with plenty of clubs to chat to including Hayling Island Sailing ClubMengham Rythe Sailing Club and Hayling Ferry Club. There’s also seakayaking galore.

Life on the waters around this island is never dull!

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