6. Kitesurfing and foiling
Kite surfing has grown tremendously in popularity across East Devon in the last few years, with Exmouth in particular attracting a nationwide reputation. But this exhilarating sport does have risks so please follow this guide to help you stay safe:
• Never go alone, you are much safer in pairs or groups where someone will see you if you get into trouble. If you don’t have friends to go with why not join a local club? Exe Kiteboarders
• Even on a hot day the water can be much colder so wear a wet suit to help keep your core temperature up.
• Buy the best equipment you can afford. While a cheap board from the internet may be tempting, quality equipment is safer and will help you enjoy the sport more. Equipment can also be hired from training providers.
• Wear a life vest or buoyancy aid and carry a means of summoning help such as a mobile phone, or marine band radio in a waterproof case.
• If you are new to the sport consider taking lessons, which are currently available at Exmouth from our concessionaire EDGE Watersports.
• Note that Kitesurfing is not allowed at Sidmouth Town Beach since the narrow beach does not allow sufficient space to take off or land safely. Kite surfing is also not allowed in the Lower Otter Nature Reserve at Budleigh for Environmental reasons.
• Please be responsible and careful of other water users, especially when jumping or doing stunts, consider carefully where you are going to land and who might be there when you do. Never jump over beaches or spits when you have no visibility to what is happening on the other side.
• To learn more about staying safe on the water check out the RNLI guide.
• Consider joining your sport’s governing body for news, safety advice and events and competitions.