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Camber Sands to Exmouth ~ Local info and chat.
Eastbourne Paul
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Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:53 pm

Im a relative beginer, up and riding and sort of 'doing things on purpose' most of the time.
I would love to get out more, particularly in 12m winds, but often struggle to find other kiters (without driving to Camber or Worthing) and more importantly, someone on the beach to launch and land.
If anyone is in a similar situation and location (Eastbourne), that could maybe get a few hours in after work on weekdays etc, please reply!
jonny raincloud
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Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:09 am

Come over to Cooden beach (herbrand walk) in a W round to E , ill be there most evenings if its windy, usually a couple people if conditions are good
Or pevensey in a NE to E

I'll be the young lad out on a flysurfer speed 3 or whatever high wind kite I buy this weekend :p
Eastbourne Paul
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:00 pm

Okay, thanks. I fly a bright orange Varial (12) or a gun metal grey Proton (9m). Will try and get there over the next few weeks
Eastbourne Paul
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Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:33 pm

Heading to either Herbrand or Normans Bay tomorrow, 4pm (sun 16th)
keenie
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Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:59 pm

pm me your number and will txt you when the call goes out to meet
sean
Matt Sovereign
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Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:43 pm

Hi, If anyone finds a Slingshot Drake twin tip (vintage 2003) lying around between Norman's Bay and Cooden, please let me know.
I lost it earlier today, and ruined what was looking like a great evening riding. Thanks.
Eastbourne Paul
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Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:56 pm

Hi Matt,
i was the other kiter down there yesterday (on the 12m bright orange Varial). I stayed until dark and Im afraid nothing washed up. Your best bet would be to check with the local police station. It would have ended up around Bexhill if it came back into land. Failing that, keep an eye on the friday ad - some people are scummy enough to nick what they find.

On a brighter note, if your ever looking for someone to go out with, im always up for kiting when im not working. I will pm you my number.

Paul
Matt Sovereign
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:54 pm

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the advice.
Looked like you had a good session on Sunday.
I've been back each day so far, but no luck yet. I hope it'll turn up, or appear on Ebay!!
I'll call in at Bexhill to see if it's been handed in. Fingers crossed.

See you down there when the weather's looking good. Matt
defever
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Sat May 11, 2013 1:23 am

Hello Eastbourne kiters,

I recently adopted a friend's kite (more details on another thread: http://www.kiteboarder.co.uk/kitesurfin ... 03&t=56289).

It would help me greatly if a very kind local kiter doesn't mind having a look at the kite and see if anything needs doing / repairing / adjusting for it to work safely and properly. Also a bit of your wisdom in local knowledge / etiquette / tips / places to kite would be humbly appreciated!

And MORE IMPORTANTLY, I should take up some lesson from a kite centre nearby, probably the 2day course.

Where would be the closest kite centre from Eastbourne? Professor Google tells me either Camber Sand or Wittering, but is there anything in between which is more closer to where we are in the sunshine coast?

Thanks for looking, and I'm sure I'll be using the forum regularly.

Happy kiting!
Eastbourne Paul
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Sun May 12, 2013 10:35 am

Hi Defever
Eastbourne is excellent! I would strongly recommend you take the 2 day course, ideally in Camber as the depth of water is more suitable, but once youve done that, i would be happy to go kiting with you locally.
Camber and Lancing (Whitterings is far away and really snobby!) are good spots and if your heading out alone, i would recommend these as you are all but guarenteed to find other kiters for launching and landing, whereas even on a windy day you cant guarentee to see other kiters in our area. That said, from Mayish to Septemberish we wont touch Camber on a weekend as its to busy.
HOWEVER, we have some excellent spots, particularly at low tide. I was at Tidemills last night (near Seaford) with 5 or 6 other local kiters. Tidemills and Seaford work on a south to west and when its hoofing, only at low tide due to the shore dump produced at high tide. Whatever the waves are in Eastbourne, you can double the height for Seaford!
Rossetti walk in Pevensey is another popular spot on a southerly to south westerly, although it only works at low tide due to the groyns.
Normans Bay is excellent and is doable on a high tide, although again, far better on a low, and this works from an ENE through to WSW. In the summer the camp site opposite packs the beach, so you need to be able to keep your kite high in the air.
Herbrand again is a great spot, little quiter than Normans and works on an ENE through to West.
Eastbourne itself isnt great. To many groyns, to many people and only really doable on a southerly. Ive only ever seen one kite out in Eastbourne ever!

When i first started this post, i was a beginer, but kiting throughout the winter, ive met some great local kiters and have managed to go out loads, enough to progres to an intermediate level. I put that down to just getting out in and around Eastbourne and meeting locals, who from my experience, all seem friendly and happy to meet new kiters.

As for your kite, i fly a 12m Airush and love it! Much better than my 9m Flexfoil. I would be happy to have a look at it on the beach one day, but really you need to take those lessons before you flick a C shape high performace kite in the air! Camber is starting to get busy, so book your lessons before the summer holidays start.

If you want my number to get out kiting one day, send me an email and i will post it to you
defever
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Sun May 12, 2013 6:17 pm

Thanks Paul for your post, I recognise all the places you mentioned (well Eastbourne and Tidemills for surfing), perhaps I may have seen you before.

I will take a lesson once I know I have my own kit or at least have an access to a set / training kite. I don't want to spend my money, time, and learning experience now if I cannot carry on then (live taking up a lesson for driving a car and not buying one until years later). Or is this a wrong way of thinking?

I'm sure I will see you and other local kiters at some point, and I look forward to it.

Thanks again for your local knowledge!
Eastbourne Paul
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Tue May 14, 2013 7:34 am

Personally I would take the lessons first and at the end of them, chat with your instructor and other kiters to see what kind of kite you might want. The analogy of the car lessons falls short as you don't need a liscence to kite, just the confidence to know how not to kill yourself! Most of kiting you learn post lessons.
But that's only my view! One things for sure, you will love it!
defever
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Thu May 23, 2013 12:44 pm

Been fling the C-kite in virtually no wind condition over the last few days. (so calm I've been running with it to self-launch...). Once it's up in the air it's been a great practice to understand how the kite behaves in relation to the wind window and bar control. I can lean-back / lay-low in anticipation of the kite's pull, slide on my foot, etc.

I won't fly it in 15+knot though. Possibly 2day lesson at Camber this Bank Holiday Monday - Tuesday.

One question: Is Eastbourne seafront kitesurf-able? When it's windy, windersurfers go out from Wish Tower and Spray, but never seen a kiter. Groyns and buildings / people too close to launch on the seafront?

I know I can always go to Tidemills or Pevensey, but just wondered if Eastbourne is possible when I want a short session.
Eastbourne Paul
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Thu May 23, 2013 9:22 pm

I do know of a kiter that has kited Eastbourne seafront, but even he no longer bothers there. By Spray, even at low tide, there are just to many obsticals in the way.. the groyns are to close, the beach is small and on a day with half a glimmer of sunshine... far to many people around.
Down near the pier, again its far to busy and although you would have enough space at low tide, the pier is a formidable apponent.
Also, its only onshore (or cross on) from a SSW, S, SSE or SE. SW could work, but beachy head makes it gusty.

Pevensey only takes 5 minutes to drive to and is far more favourable and Cooden is only 15 minutes away and is even better than Pevensey! I live in Shinewater and finish work at 6 and would still favour Pev over Eastbourne.
Eastbourne Paul
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Thu May 23, 2013 9:25 pm

Been fling the C-kite in virtually no wind condition over the last few days. (so calm I've been running with it to self-launch...).

That made me laugh as i learnt on a Sling Shot Fuel (the most aggresive C shape kite of them all) and remember days when we had to run to launch it!!!! To scared to fly it in strong winds, to nieve to recognise its bottom end!
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