Although the Northumberland coast is never very warm, it is often windy, making it an ideal place for kite sport and windsurfing. Kite sports, especially kite surfing, is an increasingly popular activity on the coast. By following our simple guidance you can help to ensure that everyone can enjoy their visit to the coast.
Kite sport can include kite surfing, power kiting, kite buggying and land boarding. All forms of kite sport can be considered as extreme sports and are therefore potentially dangerous to both the participant and others.
British Kitesport are the appointed national governing body for kite surfing and other kite sports. British Kitesport encourages responsible and considerate behaviour by all participants and has produced a good code of practice:
British Kitesport code of conduct
Kite surfing or kite boarding are increasingly popular activities on the Northumberland coast. Participants are encouraged to follow the British Kitesport code of practice to ensure their own and other beach users safety.
Many beaches are popular with kite surfers, their popularity on any given day is dependent on wind speed and direction.
We recommend that you receive professional training before you participate and the following company can provide training on the Northumberland coast:
Power kiting, kite buggying and land boarding are all land-based kite sports that often take place on the beach. British Kitesport’s code of conduct for kite sports should be adhered to for these activities.
The wide open beaches make the Northumberland coast an ideal location for windsurfing. The following beaches are recommended:
- Low Newton-by-the-Sea
- Seaton Point
Also outside the AONB, Druridge Bay offers good windsurfing.
More site information can be found at Northumbria Windsurfing Club's website
Surfers tend not to be organised so it is difficult to recommend surfing beaches. However the following are worthy of a mention
- Embleton Bay
The Surf Guru website has detailed information on surf spots in the area.
Also in: Water Sports
Budle Bay is part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR) as it is internationally important for wintering birds. Use of Budle Bay for any type of watersports is therefore strictly controlled by Natural England. Kite sports are not permitted in Budle Bay between Easter (or April 1st whichever is sooner) and 1st November.