kiteboarding and kitesurfing


kiteboarding and kitesurfing lessons in Bracklesham Bay, Chichester, West Sussex

If you’re looking to give kiteboarding and kitesurfing a go then read on as we outline what we offer at or watersports school down here in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex.

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Kiteboarding lessons and Kitesurfing lessons in Bracklesham Bay, Chichester, West Sussex

kitesurfing in the waves

How do we see kitesurfing and kiteboarding?

Well, it’s super appealing to many, but it is also super dangerous, especially if you’re coming at it later on in life.

I’ve had friends who have had serious accidents, getting body dragged up beaches, crashing into groins and then suffering long term because of it, hence why we’re all moving to winging and wing foiling, which is much safer all round and less agro if you’re on your own.

Is kitesurfing and kiteboarding extreme

Don’t get me wrong – Kitesurfing and Kiteboarding is still insanely popular around the globe, but it’s undeniable. Kiters have way more chance of having an accident compared to wing foiling and windsurfing.

Also bear in mind that you will be more limited in places you can kite, compared to places where you can wing or windsurf.

Can kiteboarding be safer

  1. Training and Experience:

    • Professional Lessons: You absolutely need to get lessons and that’s going to take time and a big investment. Beginners should never attempt to kiteboard without proper instruction. This means you’ll be taking quite a few lesson before you should even consider your own kit.
    • Progressive Learning: Progressing slowly and mastering basics before attempting more advanced manoeuvers reduces risk.
  2. Equipment:

    • Quality Kit: If you’re going to buy kit, make sure it is modern as the safety features are always being improved. Don’t buy old stuff.
  3. Weather:

    • Wind: Ideal wind conditions are steady and moderate. Avoid extreme winds, gusty conditions offshore winds and storms.
    • Water: Flat water is much safer for beginners. Waves and strong currents increase risk as do harbour mouths and busy waterways.
  4. Location:

    • Designated Areas: Kiteboarding in designated areas with rescue services nearby is safer. Many venues don’t allow kiting especially in harbours.
    • Obstacles: Avoid areas with obstacles like rocks, piers, or other watercraft. Also consider the amount of beach you have and where people are sitting around you.
  5. Physical Condition:

    • Fitness: Being in good physical condition helps manage the physical demands of the sport and reduces the risk of injury.
    • Swimming: You want to be a good swimmer and it is a good idea to test yourself occasionally with some open water swimming.
  6. Being aware:

    • Local Knowledge: Make sure you understand the area, it’s local conditions, hazards and the rules.
    • Safety: Definitely wear a helmet, impact vest, and wetsuit.

Common Risks and possible solutions

  1. Accidents and Injuries:

    • Mitigation: Wear protective gear, practice self-rescue techniques, and avoid crowded or obstacle-filled areas.
  2. Equipment Failure:

    • Mitigation: Regularly inspect and maintain gear, understand how to use the safety release, and carry a knife to cut lines if necessary.
  3. Weather:

    • Mitigation: Keep an eye on the weather using multiple apps for wind, tides, currents and tidal flows. You should also be aware of the localised effects.
  4. Drowning:

    • Mitigation: Wear a buoyancy aid or impact vest, but don’t just rely on that. Practise your open water swimming and make sure you stay fit.
  5. Environmental Hazards:

    • Mitigation: Be aware of local wildlife, avoid polluted waters, and steer clear of hazardous areas.

kiteboarding in bracklesham bay, west sussex

Take up Wing foiling instead

Wing foiling

Our RYA qualified instructors would love the chance to get you out and foiling. It is such an accessible sport and has a really fast learning curve compared to kiting.

If you haven’t used the wing before, then you will need to join the wing surfing course first.


Give Windsurfing A go


Windsurfing can be done inland on lakes, lochs as well as on the sea, so is the most versatile of all the wind sports.

You can be up and sailing in a few hours with our unique training system that will put you on track for fast progression and a lifetime of fun on the water.

We run a very successful windsurfing school here in West Sussex, running lessons in Chichester Harbour and at Bracklesham Bay. You can enjoy a shared private session with another or have a 1-2-1 session to get the full comitment of the instructor.

Our most popular windsurfing lesson is the Shared private session as you get the best value, whilst maintaining that total focus on your sailing.

Kiteboarding Summary

Kiteboarding and Kitesurfing Lessons at Bracklesham Bay with Surfs SUP watersports

Service Overview: 

As you’ve worked out by now, we don’t run kiteboarding and kitesurfing lessons as we’ve migrated to wing foiling and windsurfing lessons only. It’s safer and accessible in many places compared to kiting. All of our lessons take place in Bracklesham Bay – Chichester – West Sussex.

What to Expect:

We are happy to share more about our windsurfing lessons and wing foiling lessons if you’d like to find out more.   You will get:

  • Expert instruction for beginners to advanced riders
  • Emphasis on safety and technique
  • Prime conditions for kiteboarding and kitesurfing

For more details and to book, visit Surfs SUP Kiteboarding and Kitesurfing Lessons.