About Littlehampton, England
Littlehampton is found at the bottom of the South Downs, where the beautiful River Arun joins the sea. It is renowned for its safe, clean, sandy beaches, along with its record levels of sunshine, making it a popular tourist destination.
At low tide, the water is usually smooth, although as the tide comes in, expect it to get choppier. When there is substantial wind, you can get some nice surf. At high tide, there is a shingle beach to rig up and launch on with no groynes, however there are groynes and obstructions downwind. A couple of hours after high tide, a nice flat sandy beach appears. In summary: this beach works best at neap tide, but is rideable in most tidal states.
As the beach is south facing, you can kite in any wind direction as long as there is no north in it. The best winds are south westerly’s, which are also the most common.
Traveling to Littlehampton, England
Littlehampton has very good travel links. From London, follow the A24; whereas if you are travelling from Brighton or Portsmouth, head west along the A23, past Shoreham, where you will find a car park and a grass area. Should you find the car park full, then there is additional parking at the swimming baths across from the beach. Littlehampton also has a regular direct train link from London and Brighton, with the train station approximately a kilometre from the shore. Similarly there are buses, which go regularly from Brighton, Portsmouth and Worthing. In and around Littlehampton, you will also find several car hire companies, should you decide to take advantage of the lovely surrounding countryside.
Facilities At Littlehampton, England
Littlehampton has a wealth of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and camping sites locally. The beach has wonderful seaside amenities, so expect plenty of fish 'n' chip shops, beach shops, bars, and local art. There are also toilets and an outdoor shower facility, to get cleaned up after a session. With a funpark situated to the rear of the beach, and plenty of grassy areas to have a picnic, kick a ball about or just relax, Littlehampton is a real gem on the south coast.
For kitesurf tuition, spares or your next bit of kit we recommend contacting the local kitesurf centre Finky.Inc