With a total of 57 miles of coast line, much of which consist of beautiful beaches, it is no surprise that the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to enjoy some water sports.
Each year thousands of holidaymakers head to the Isle of Wight purely to embrace the surrounding waters, which are ideal for an array of activities from kayaking to jet skiing and everything in between.
A variety of watersports
The Isle of Wight is famous for its sailing and considered to have some of the best waters in the world for doing so. Taking to the water is a great way to see a different side of the island and its coastlines, whilst enjoying the beautiful water of The Solent.
Boat hire is available throughout the island and is great fun for all the family. With sailing schools and lessons available to all, anyone can get involved whether you are an experienced sailor or complete novice.
If you would rather keep your feet on land and admire the sailing from the shore then you are in luck. The Island's waters plays host to a huge selection of sailing events throughout the year including the Round the Island Race, British power boat-racing and of course Cowes Week which attracts some 8,500 competitors; including some of the best professional sailors in the world.
There are great surfing spots to be found on the southern part of the Island. Here are our six main surf spots;
Compton Bay - Considered one of the best all round spots on the entire Island for surfing, it is ideal for any ability. The Isle of Wight sailing club offers lessons for surfers of all ages.
Freshwater Bay - Another great surfing spot offering one of the longest rides on the island, but due to the rocks this is one for experienced surfers only.
Brighstone - Brighstone offers stunning scenery and even better surf. Make sure you watch the tide times as it gets very rocky at low tide.
Niton - Another spot for experienced surfers; Niton has great breaks, but with shallow rocks and strong rips it can be dangerous for those who do not know what they are doing.
Ventnor - Great breaks when the wind is right, but can be very inconsistent. If you are short on time and don't want to miss out on some good surfing make sure you check surf forecasts.
Shanklin - The best time to surf here is actually in the winter, but with strong rips it can be dangerous.
Sea kayaking is a great way to see some of the hidden beauty spots of the coastline, offering a different experience depending on what you want to get out of it.
Calm waters in bays such as Alum Bay offer a great place to paddle and relax while taking in the scenery, while Compton Bay and Freshwater offer an exciting open sea and wave riding experience.
Due to the strong tides in the area extra care should be taking when kayaking in open sea - especially around rocky areas as conditions can change quickly.
If you are hiring a kayak on the island, they will usually give you advice on the best stops depending on your ability and also explain key safety precautions.
With the sheer amount of water sports available on the Island there will be something for all the family to enjoy no matter what your ability. To really experience the Isle of Wight and all it has to offer, hitting the water is a must!
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