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Kitesurfing Ramsgate

DON’T MISS

Ramsgate has every kind of water condition dependent on the wind direction – from butter flat sandbanks to insane waves. The beauty of the Ramsgate coastline is that if the conditions aren’t quite right, you’re just a short 10 minute drive to somewhere on the Isle of Thanet that is.

For kiters, the Ramsgate coastline is suitable for learners right through to advanced kiters – its microclimate means that this unique little corner of Britain has the lot. It’s also renowned for its vast array of outdoor activities – so it’s a great place for those that love being active and trying out new sports.

Kitesurfing lessons Ramsgate

It’s a vibrant coastal resort with a cosmopolitan feel, active arts and live music scene and the only Royal Harbour in the UK. There’s a strong café culture too with many mouth-watering restaurants, bars and cafes nestling the waterfront around the marina and beach promenade.

THE LURE

Ramsgate is well-known as Kent’s ‘active’ coastal destination, both on and off the water. It’s got it all from a paddleboarding and kitesurfing school, scuba diving, walking and cycling trails, golf courses, boat trips – along with golden sandy beaches, chalky cliffs, a beautiful mix of architecture and natural history and a vibrant café culture, arts and live music scene. Check out the place at www.visitramsgate.co.uk/activeramsgate

There are three main places to kite in Ramsgate:

Kitesurfing Ramsgate Main Sands

Ramsgate Main Sands
This works in all directions from NE to SW through East. On a NE the waves roll in perfectly from the left giving great kickers for boosting or wave riding. When it turns south it’s less clean but still a lot of fun. Kitesurfing legend and 2016 Big Air Vice World Champion Lewis Crathern broke the then British record jumping a whopping 22.3 metres off Ramsgate Main Sands! Avoid 2 hours either side of high tide.

The Sandbank

The Sandbank is a mile out to sea and should only be accessed by advanced kiters who can get themselves out of trouble if the worst happens. New(ish) kit that is not going to snap or burst is a must. Once out there, you have butter flat water on the back of the Sandbank and beautiful onshore waves to ride which make it by far the best pace to kite locally.

Pegwell Bay – Western Undercliff

The first thing to note about Pegwell Bay is that it’s a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and a NNR (National Nature Reserve) which means that to minimise disturbance to birds and habitats in this fragile ecosystem, kitesurfing is only permitted here at certain times of the year, from specific launch points and when the wind is SW4-7. Notices about where to walk when heading out to kite are located at 3 or 4 prominent locations in the Bay. Walking on the mud flats is strictly prohibited at any time of the year, as is kiting through the winter months. Once on the water, Pegwell Bay works from ENE to WSW. Try to avoid 1 hour either side of high tide as it can get quite choppy. It’s a very shallow shelving beach so great for learners and advanced kiters alike. 

Western Undercliff is the preferred place to launch as it’s located just outside the NNR boundary. It’s the low tide launch spot and so the water is always calmer and flatter. It works through the same directions as Pegwell Bay but it’s at its most epic east through to south as the space between the waves is great for free style or jumping huge. You can cruise for miles from Ramsgate right across the Bay to Sandwich in this direction. 

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

The predominant wind direction in Ramsgate is SSW to WSW. All the summer months tend to stick to this as the wind blows up the English Channel from the Atlantic. In summer it’s usually around 14-25 kts but the unpredictability of the wind means it could be less or considerably more depending on whichever high or low pressure system happens to be blowing through. The air temperature is typically 17-28℃. In winter, we tend to get more easterly and north easterly winds. These bring the temperature right down but the wind speed right up. The north storms are what most local riders really look forward to. Air temperature is typically 0-14℃. If you are looking for waves to ride you want NE at Ramsgate. This knocks up dreamy lefts of 2 – 3 meters high. Consequently, Ramsgate Main Sands is not great for learners and gets deep quite quickly. The Sandbank is for advanced kiters only. Pegwell Bay and Western Undercliff are, however, lovely and shallow so great for both learners and advanced alike. Always check the forecast before you arrive and when choosing your kite. It’s best to bring all your kit as it could be a 12m day or a 7m day all in the space of 24 hours!

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ramsgate is a lovely seaside town with all the local amenities and attractions you would expect to find. It’s also close to its two sister coastal towns Broadstairs and Margate, which together make up the Isle of Thanet. All have a distinct vibe and feel.

When kiting on Ramsgate Main Sands, there is ample cheap parking. There are public toilets at both ends of the beach and two well situated beach cafes (during the summer months) and many waterfront café bars and coffee shops a stone’s throw walk away along the promenade and around Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour.

For Pegwell Bay, Western Undercliffe and the Sandbank there is plenty of free on-street parking.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation options, from over 350 self-catering properties available as well as campsites, local guest houses and boutique hotels.

There are plenty of great restaurants and café bars to suit all tastes and budgets too including Royal Harbour Brasserie, Little Ships, Flavours by Kumar, Eats ‘n’ Beats, Archive Kitchen and Zest to name but a few. The vibe around town and especially the Harbour, marina and seafront is amazing with plenty of quirky independent boutique shops to browse around and bars and cafes to sit, relax and enjoy the view. 

Go to www.visitramsgate.co.uk to plan your trip.

Accommodation : 5

Eating out: 5

Nightlife: 4

Families:4

Singles: 4.5

NO WIND?

You’re spoilt for choice! Check out Active Ramsgate’s diverse range of outdoor activities, many of them free, from boat trips to see the seals, themed walking trails along the coast taking in beaches and bays, cycle hire and cycling trails, geocaching ‘treasure’ hunts, guided sunrise and sunset SUP safaris combined with local hospitality, sea kayaking, and bird and wildlife safaris. There are also some great attractions in Ramsgate including the historic Ramsgate Tunnels to explore, Ramsgate Maritime Museum, the Italianate Glasshouse and art galleries, boutique shops and flea markets around the Royal Harbour. Close by in Margate there is the Turner Contemporary Gallery along with Dreamland Theme Park. Slightly further afield there are the world-famous Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks. Check out www.visitramsgate.co.uk

KITE SCHOOLS / SHOPS

The Kite Pirates Kite School is based in Ramsgate and teaches all levels of lessons from beginners to jump coaching. Most lessons are done on a 1:1 basis but tailored group sessions are always available. We use all brand new 2021/2022 Duotone equipment which is also available for rent if you are a competent rider. No safety boat cover is provided as on shore wind is always readily available. Kite Pirates also offer Stand Up Paddle Board lessons and hire from our concession on Ramsgate Main Sands, along with Sun Rise and Sun Set guided small group paddles. Our friendly, knowledgeable English speaking instructors are all BKSA qualified and we also have a German speaker amongst the crew. 


Website: www.kitepirateskiteschool.com

Email: info@kitepirateskiteschool.com

Phone: 07739 369531

FAMOUS RIDERS

Kitesurfing legend Lewis Crathern, 2016 Big Air Vice World Champion and 4 x British Champion, has kited at Ramsgate many times and in November 2016 off Ramsgate Main Sands broke the then British record for the highest jump – a whopping 22.3 metres.

Many British Champions (Pro & Junior) including George Dufty, Max Tullet, Toby Cooke, Alex Wallis, Holly Keenan, Rachael Hooper and Jasmine Wallis have kited in Ramsgate as it has been a venue for the BKSA British Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships since 2018.

“Ramsgate is a beautiful place to kitesurf, and I would visit there anytime, kitesurfing works quite well off the beach. I went there for the strength of the winds, also access to the beach is very good from a kitesurfing perspective. And it’s a beautiful place, the big white cliffs there, it’s a nice place to be riding. I feel very welcome here.”

Lewis Crathern

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