The Best Places to Kitesurf Near Liverpool
While last month, we shared the best places to kitesurf near London, this month, in our latest instalment to this series, we’re heading up north to Liverpool to reveal some of the best kitesurfing spots near this vibrant city. From the quaint coastal village of Hoylake to St Anne’s beach in Blackpool, here at just a few of our favourites here at F-One Kites:
Located on the Wirral Peninsular, Hoylake is just a 30-minute drive from Liverpool city centre and provides some of the safest wind and water conditions in the surrounding area for kitesurfers of all abilities to enjoy a ride on the waves.
With around six miles of soft golden sand and relatively shallow water (shoulder deep), there’s plenty of room for both amateurs and professionals to practice their skills here. However, with a two-mile trek to the waves at low tide, it’s best to ride only at mid to high tide.
Additionally, the nearby kitesurfing school in Merseyside, AirForce Kiteboarding, is one of the best in the North West and has been supporting budding kitesurfers since 1999. Courses, lessons and general guidance is available from the school’s senior instructions from March through to November, so make the most of them if you’re visiting during this time.
Once a busy fishing port, Fleetwood is now one of the most popular kitesurfing spots in the entire country, not just near Liverpool, and for good reason too. Not only can riders enjoy a session here at any tide state, but the diverse wind and water conditions make it possible for kiters to practice a wide variety of styles.
While mid to low tides offer flat water for both freestyle and wakestyle, high tide paired with strong wind provide wave riders with the perfect conditions for some ultimate shredding!
Though the varied conditions are undoubtedly a draw, the facilities at Fleetwood also make this a favourite spot for kitesurfers and other water sports enthusiasts. The Fleetwood Kite Club, which can be found on the beach, provides changing rooms, lockers and showers, while the free carpark permits overnight stays, perfect for campervans!
Although the drive from Liverpool to Rhosneigr is a little longer at just under two hours, the extra mileage is definitely worth it.
Situated in Anglesey, North Wales, Rhosneigr is one of the most picturesque kitesurfing spots in the entire country and offers sublime conditions for an unforgettable kitesurfing experience.
This idyllic location is split into two bays by a stony outcrop and, while the southerly bay provides ideal conditions for surfers, the rocky terrain here can be dangerous for kitesurfers. Consequently, the northern bay is a safer place for kitesurfing, so we recommend heading here.
While the water conditions are relatively good all year round, the wind can often be unpredictable and at times challenging, even for the most experienced riders. As such, if you’re new to the kitesurfing scene, it may be best to wait until you have reached a good level of riding before embarking on a trip to Rhosneigr. For those who have mastered this challenging water sport, be sure to launch upwind well away from the rocks!
St Anne’s Beach
Not far from Blackpool’s renowned Pleasure Beach, St Anne’s is a great city spot for kitesurfing and can be reached in an hour from Liverpool. Whether you are just learning the ropes or have years of kitesurfing experience under your belt, the conditions on this beach are versatile meaning kitesurfers of all levels are catered for.
Certain tides reveal flat water lagoons in several spots along the shore that are perfect for freestylers to practice their tricks. However, there are some super shallow sections too that are only a few inches in depth, so watch out for these. If you’re a thrill seeker in search of big waves, Starr Gate just north of St Anne’s is sure to provide choppier waters, where you can relish some serious shredding!
Will you be heading to any of these locations near Liverpool to enjoy a session on the waves? Or perhaps you’ve got some recommendations of your own? Either way, we’d love to hear from you - get in touch on our social media channels today. Otherwise, be sure to check back on our blog for more of our favourite kitesurfing UK hotspots in the coming months!