Our favourite spot in Kent to wingsurf or kite foil is definitely Hythe. Part of this is due to the proximity, it being the most local beach! However, it has also proved to be a fantastic option to wingsurf on.
Hythe is a steep shingle banked, deep-water beach. The only time you will find you can touch the bottom is at low tide and this will only be for a maximum of 20 minutes.
The advantage of this is that, unlike some of the other local beaches, you can always get out and you don’t have to worry about grounding out your hydrofoil or excessive white water.
There can be some shore dump in stronger winds but with a bit of patience and aligning yourself correctly, downwind of the rock groynes, this can be managed with great advantages.
On the water Hythe is known as a fairly bumpy / choppy ride. The use of a long mast and your knees allows you to ride other this, it just takes a bit of practice. You don’t get much in the way of waves but you can get wind swell finding its way in, especially in stronger winds. With a large front wing you can get some great, long rides.
The location works well from an easterly all the way through to a south westerly and covers the main predominant winds. Quite often in the afternoon you can see a sea breeze effect as well.
When launching your kite there is a large expanse of shingle at the top of the bank, which is ideal. The one thing you do need to be careful of are wind shadows and it can be worthwhile launching upwind of the rock groynes.
Overall we think Hythe is an ideal wingsurf spot and also has a great community so when it is windy, then this is where you will undoubtedly find us most of the time! If you are ever heading this way and want anymore details then please get in touch.