5 Kitesurfing Locations in Sussex

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5 Kitesurfing Locations in Sussex

Facing the English channel, the county of Sussex has plenty of kitesurfing spots for you to explore. Whether you are from Brighton and Hove, West Sussex or East Sussex, there is a beach nearby for all skills and levels to try.


Discover the best locations, the top times to head into the water and other sneaky tips with our selection of favourite kitesurfing beaches! For even more beaches in the south, take a look at our top spots near London and Bristol.

Lancing Beach

Where to Find It

Situated near Brighton, you can find Lancing Beach roughly two miles west from Shoreham.

Why We Like It

Lancing Beach is ideal for those who are just starting out in the world of kitesurfing!

Here you can find some of England’s most renowned kitesurfing schools such as BN1. Ran by the incredibly experienced Stav Thraves, his passions and knowledge guarantee both an action and information-packed session!

An incredibly popular beach, it is loved by many due to its gently shelved, sandy and shallow beach. The combination of features makes it a safe place to start from scratch, or the perfect playground when experimenting with new tricks for more advanced kitesurfers.

Best Conditions

The best time to enter the sea is three or four hours prior and post high tide. The beach excels when the wind conditions are South West and Cross Onshore.

Top Tip!

Watch out for the swimming and the sailing club sections of the beach which sandwich the kitesurfing zone. It may become quite crowded in the peak of summer.

Goring Worthing

Where to Find It

This pleasant beach is situated near the timeless West Sussex beach town of Goring-by-Sea, and the spot can be located just west of Worthing. It is around a one-hour car journey from London.

Why We Like It

Goring inhabits an experienced and passionate kitesurfing community and is a lovely place to kitesurf if you are very familiar with the sport. Most kitesurfers will launch on the green just behind the beach, due to the many kitesurfers who visit the small location.

We would not recommend this beach for beginners, as the limited space on the beach for launching is not ideal for those who are less experienced.

Best Conditions

Visiting two hours before and after high tide is the best time to enter the sea as the coast slants ever so slightly. Mid to high – high tide is still ok, but low tide is quite a walk to the sea over a rocky surface which is an uncomfortable and unstable journey to the water’s edge. For this reason, low tide is not recommended.

The best wind direction at Goring Worthing is South West and Cross Onshore.

A kitesurfer turning and spraying water.

Shoreham

Where to Find It

Located in West Sussex’s seaside town of Shoreham-by-Sea, this kitesurfing spot is nestled between the Adur Valley and South Downs. The beach can be found just west of the harbour in the town.

Why We Like It

Shoreham has been the central location for many of the UK’s top windsurfers to train. As you can imagine, it is a great spot and offers the perfect environment for those kitesurfers who are more confident or experienced.

The summer months provide riders with friendly, beginner-level conditions due to the steep shelving of the beach and gentler winds.

During the winter season, the location is good if you like a challenge. The conditions change and are useful if advanced kitesurfers want to be pushed, with more prevalent winds hitting the sheer planes of the beach.

Best Conditions

For this beach, we would suggest heading in the water two-to-three hours before and after the low tide.

Try to avoid entering the beach at high tide as the launch from the beach can be quite a steep drop and can host more choppy conditions.

Winds at West Cross Shore and South-West Onshore tend to supply the best riding conditions.

Littlehampton

Where to Find It

Around 25 minutes from Chichester and 45 to 50 minutes from Brighton, this small seaside city is situated in West Sussex.

Why We Like It

This beach is diverse in conditions and offers a fun space for either advanced or new riders!

It is common for the summer months to be a calm expanse of flat water when the tides are low. As the tide reaches mid-range, the area becomes ideal for beginners who are starting out in wavesailing.

Best Conditions

Three-to-four hours before and after tides are at their highest is the best time to venture into the sea.

Westerly Cross Shore and South West Cross Onshore are the best wind conditions for entering the ocean.

A kitesufer doing an air with the sandunes in front.

Pevensey

Where to Find It

Pevensey is a coastal town located four miles to the east of Polegate. Only five miles northeast of Eastbourne, it is a very short drive away.

Why We Like It

In the last decade, more and more experienced kitesurfers who tend to populate the area of Brighton have chosen this surfing spot. When the wind moves from the North East and East, riders tend to move from Brighton and head here. You ideally want to be here when the wind is surrounding the shore at South-Westerly and Southern winds.

The summer season produces slightly choppier seas which are ideal for those who are at an entry-level of riding during low tide.

Top Tip!

Make sure to check that beach zones are not implemented in the area you want to ride in, as there are some restrictions during the busier summer months.

Best Conditions

South West Cross Onshore is the perfect wind direction to get the most out of this unique kitesurfing location.

Try to head into the water when the tides are three or four hours before or after high tide.

Hopefully, our selection of kitesurfing beaches has got you eager to head into the sea if you are in the Sussex area! To get prepped for your next adventure, check out our range of surf kites, boards and wetsuits!