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North Norfolk Kitesurf Guide

Anyone who has kitesurfed North Norfolk’s beaches knows they are among the safest and most beautiful in the country. Kitesurfing is a very environmentally friendly sport and those who pursue it generally have a deep understanding and respect for mother nature. Please take time to read these beach guides and follow the Kitesurfing Code of Conduct as displayed on the British Kitesurfing Association website. Please read the code carefully and show respect and care for all other users of our beautiful Norfolk beaches. THANK YOU!

1.HEACHAM
WIND: Ridable in anything from S through W round to N.
TIDES: Only really worth it around high tide (unless you like wading through mud!)
DIRECTIONS: Turn into Lamsey Lane, Heacham from the A149 and follow signs for South Beach.
PARKING: Follow the signs for ‘Heacham South Beach Car Park’
SPECIAL COMMENTS: A popular choice for high tide in a southerly.

2.HUNSTANTON
WIND: Recommended in anything from SSW through W round to N.
TIDES: Best at low tide when the sandbar emerges on the outside and the water is butter-flat. As soon as the tide creeps up towards the groynes it’s time to pack up and head round to Old Hunstanton.
DIRECTIONS: Very easy to find as Hunstanton only has one beach and it runs alongside the town. Head to the green and you can’t miss it!
PARKING: Sailing Club car park is £4 (free to members of the sailing club). Alternatives are the Oasis swimming pool car park or the car park behind Oceanside.
SPECIAL COMMENTS: Kitesurf into the sunset on the east coast! Nice…

3.OLD HUNSTANTON
WIND: Recommended in anything from SSW round through W to N.
TIDES: Ridable at most states of the tide though very little beach on a big spring tide. Stay well away from the cliffs when the tide is high as they can generate huge updrafts.
DIRECTIONS: Take a left on the sharp bend as you exit Hunstanton on the A149 (pitch ‘n’ putt will be on your left).
PARKING: Clifftop carpark or grass car park adjacent to Le Strange Hotel (£3). PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE LE STRANGE HOTEL CAR PARK ITSELF.
SPECIAL COMMENTS: There are a few small wooden stakes that appear from about mid-tide – ask a local!

4.BRANCASTER
WIND: Recommended in anything from W through N round to E.
TIDES: Big tidal range so check your tables! Flatwater heaven around 2/3 tide when the ‘lagoons’ start to fill. Can turn into a beach-break in a northerly near high-tide. Time to pack up when the water starts approaching the rocks!
DIRECTIONS: As you enter Brancaster on the A149 from Hunstanton turn left at the shop (signposted Beach).
PARKING: Only one public car park (£3). Note: the road to the car park floods on big high tides.
SPECIAL COMMENTS: A new sign has recently gone up that concerns all kitesurfers. Essentially, the sign says that you should launch at least 180m to the west of the golf clubhouse and when on the water you should stay to the west of an imaginary line running from the golf clubhouse to the shipwreck.

Many thanks to The Heacham Up To Brancaster Kitesurfing Club for this guide. Please visit www.kitesurfhub.org for more info on kitesurfing in the area. Also, you can join the club for just £10 per year or save yourself £5 by joining the BKSA and nominating The Hub as your local club.

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