Knee Deep Mud At Littlestone. (Warning)

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foil_kitesurfer
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Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:32 am

Have been kitesurfing at Greatstone, for a number of years and very aware of the sandy mud that is very manageable when walking out to the water at low tide.I try to walk in the shallow water pools as the sand is reasonably solid to walk on.
Yesterday, I decided to kitesurf at Littlestone as the walk to the water is considerably less.
Launched kite ,picked up board walking confidently out to the water and suddenly found my myself almost up to the knees in slimy wet mud.Had to run with kite and board until I found solid sand in fear of getting stuck, then faced the same problem on the way back.Feeling extremely vulnerable at being in such a situation. The sandy mud has a greenish look about it.
Will stick to Greatstone in the future as I never want to experience that again.
eazyrider
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Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:52 am

The same happens at greatstone, that's why we call it greatmud!

Been a few horses that have broken their legs getting stuck and having to be put down there along with a few tourists getting stuck there.

I hate the place, it makes your wetsuit smell, you smell, the stains on your kite the fact you can walk for two miles at low tide to get to the water and then it's only knee deep for ages!

The funniest thing for me was when me and the gf had an argument at the waters edge at low tide and she stormed back to get another kite then watching her sink to her waist in that mud :)

I could go on but meh...
foil_kitesurfer
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Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:24 pm

Thanks for the reply.
That’s very sad news about the horses. Presumably the riders had no idea as to risks.
Not seen any warning signs with respect to the mud and potential risk it presents.
I have never had any issues with deep mud at Greatstone, not sure as why Littlestone should be any different being part of the same bay.
Presumably geographical location is such to produce such muddy conditions.
At Greatstone there is plenty of hard sand from the base of cobbles embankment before the wet sandy mud section appears, that never usually dries out.
One summer at Greatstone we walked out to the water and there was no mud at all having completely dried out. (A rare occasion perhaps)
Timing is key to avoid the long walk, best I guess to walk out to an incoming tide or go out with the tide, returning when people on the beach start to look smaller.
eazyrider
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Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:22 am

I believe there was some signs at the pay and display car park and one in the tavern car park that has now been blocked off.

Riding the tide in is fine but the tide can come in so fast that it can feel like it's taken 5mph out of the wind, but when it's going out it can add the same amount and its great for loading up for jumps. But there is also the chance of beaching yourself trying to ride up wind as it moves so quick lol.

I did hear or read somewhere that it's a prehistoric peat bog and that's the cause for the smelly sludge?
foil_kitesurfer
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Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:22 pm

What’s also a concern, is when your kitesurfing at low tide the distance back to the beach is quite considerable.
Not sure if we are talking about a mile or so having not measured it, but it’s certainly a good 10 minutes’ walk.
You need to ensure that your not kitesurfing on your own, keeping a close eye on your fellow kitesurfers in the event of an medical emergency for example. Looking back to the beach at low tide, people on the beach would have no idea if you were in trouble or not due to the distance involved.
Then there’s the case of walking out to the water with the right size kite based on the wind conditions at the time of arrival only to find the wind dropping off after being 20 minutes or so of being on the water.
Do you (A) walk back in to change kite or (B) stand around with the kite above your head hoping the wind will return.
On one occasion many kitesurfers started to walk in due to the lack of wind, only to do “an about turn” as a result of wind picking up having almost reached the beach. :-)
Have kitesurfed on some mirror flat water as the tide was going out or coming in and have also beached with my board and me parting company having edged as much a possible wiping out big time. :-D
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