PADDLEBOARDING COMES TO RAMSGATE MAIN SANDS WITH LAUNCH OF NEW BEACH CONCESSION, LESSONS AND SAFARI EXPERIENCES
Active Ramsgate is thrilled to announce the launch of a new paddleboarding outlet in Ramsgate – with the opening of the first ever paddleboard beach concession on Ramsgate Main Sands.
Located on the beach next to Coasters Café Bar, this new concession is run by Ramsgate-based Kite Pirates Kite & SUP School and offers paddleboard hire, lessons and small group guided paddles.
Paddleboarding saw huge growth during the various lockdowns and is fast becoming one of the most popular outdoor watersports in the UK. And with all the equipment provided, beautiful sunsets and sunrises to enjoy, a backdrop of white cliffs to paddle alongside, Ramsgate really is the perfect place for both beginners and experienced paddleboarders to take the plunge.
With a team of professional and highly experienced BSUPA certified instructors, Kite Pirates is the go-to SUP school in Kent. Using the latest Sandbank’s top quality paddleboards rated 9/10 for overall performance by SUP Boarder Magazine, they also offer the best and safest equipment around. Paddleboards are available for hire for £15 per hour inclusive of lifejacket. No booking is required, simply turn up and book your spot. The school is open 7 days a week on calm days (less than 12 knots) – look out for the Duotone tent and Kite Pirates signage on the beach.
In addition to paddleboard hire, Kite Pirates offer paddleboarding lessons for both beginners and experienced paddleboarders. Either book at the outlet on the day or pre-book by calling 07739 369 531.
Small group guided paddles are also available to pre-book including Sunset and Sunrise safari paddles with local hospitality to boot. These safari paddles were developed and launched in collaboration with Active Ramsgate, an initiative of Ramsgate Town Council to support the economic development of the town through the promotion and celebration of outdoor activities to attract new visitors.
Once the sun has risen or set with the stunning backdrop of the chalky cliffs at Ramsgate, the group paddles back to the beach and then heads off to a local eatery for breakfast or a local pub for an evening drink with their instructor and fellow paddleboarders to enjoy the warmth of Ramsgate hospitality.
Dr Cheryl Mvula MBE, Project Manager of Active Ramsgate says:
“Stand-up paddleboarding has really soared in popularity over the last couple of years, and this new beach concession is a great opportunity to see Ramsgate from a different perspective, whether that’s hiring a paddleboard for an hour, taking lessons or enjoying a beautiful Ramsgate sunrise or sunset on a group safari.
“It’s a chance to relax and really be at one with the sea and nature – you’ll probably be accompanied by a seal or two too if you’re lucky!
A paddleboard safari can be booked by visiting www.kitepirateskiteschool.com or calling Kite Pirates on 07739 369531 at a cost of £45 per person including all equipment and breakfast or a drink at a local pub. Participants will need to have first completed Kite Pirates’ ‘ready to ride’ SUP session, or already be a competent paddleboarder.
For information on these and other Active Ramsgate activities visit www.visitramsgate.co.uk/activeramsgate