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Kite Knife 8" Yellow Plastic

Kite Knife 8

This is a great kite knife made from yellow toughened plastic it has a single internal blade. And comes with a carry case with a loop hole for connecting to harnesses or belt straps.
Comes in black or the prefered yellow.

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19.00 IKO/BKSA Discovery Kiteboarder Program 1 Day Only - £130 Email Us for more info! IKO/BKSA Discovery Kiteboarder Program 1 Day Only - 130 Email Us for more info!

Please email us for dates and availability of the lessons!

Course Description
*Carry and set up the lines and kite
*Determine the wind direction and upwind and downwind (windward, leeward).
*Pilot a small kite (inflatable, stunt kite, foil…) on the wind window edge and maintain it close to the ground.
*Know how to stop the kite power in case of problem by releasing the bar. Be aware that the kite leash must be worn at all times, before kite launching and until landing.

*Be aware of the area where the kite can fall down wind to the pilot.
*Recover the kite on land.
*Position the kite on request from 9 to 3 o’clock on the wind window edge.
*Launch a kite with an assistant and choose the right angle to the wind.
*Pilot the kite in the power area without crashing it.
*Twist and untwist the lines while the kite flies.
*Recover a kite and secure it on land.
*Land a kite with the help of an assistant.

*Pilot a kite hooked to the harness.
*Pilot hooked to the harness with one hand.
*Activate the harness release system or quick release located on a leader line.

*Perform a downwind course by body dragging and using the power of the kite.

*Relaunch a kite from the water.
*Wind the lines in the water and recover the kite.
*Perform a self-rescue in deep water.
*Launch a kite alone on land.
*Identify potential wind obstacles creating lift or down draft and be able to define the wind direction. Understand that practice with onshore wind is dangerous.

With KiteboardingUK one day course you will also get the chance to kiteboard for the first time, Using a directional or twin tip you will take your first water starts and hopefully your first ride. At the end of the course you will be a Kiteboarder level 1

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Lowestoft Information - a little history

Lowestoft is a town in the English county of Suffolk. The town is on the North Sea coast and is the most easterly point of the United Kingdom. It is 110 miles (177 km) north-east of London, 38 miles (61 km) north-east of Ipswich and 22 miles (35 km) south-east of Norwich. It is situated on the edge of the Broads system and is the major settlement within the district of Waveney. The town is divided in two by Lake Lothing which forms Lowestoft Harbour and provides access via Oulton Broad and Oulton Dyke to the River Waveney and the Broads.The beaches to the south of the harbour are sandy and have Blue Flag status. Towards the north of the harbour is an area of old sand dunes known locally as the Denes as well as more beaches and Ness Point, the easternmost point of the U.K.Lowestoft is Suffolk's second largest town (second to Ipswich).

The Broads national park extends to Lowestoft at Oulton Broad. Water activities and boat tours can be taken here. Powerboat racing also occurs every Thursday throughout the summer, hosting local boats and occasionally a round of a national or international championship throughout classes of powerboat.

The Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club has its club house in Lowestoft harbour.

Some of the earliest evidence of settlement in Britain have been found in Lowestoft and the town has a long history. It is a port town which developed due to the fishing industry, and a traditional seaside resort. It has wide, sandy beaches, two piers and a number of other tourist attractions. Whilst its fisheries have declined, the development of oil and gas exploitation in the southern North Sea in the 1960s led to the development of the town, along with nearby Great Yarmouth, as a base for the industry. This role has since declined and the town has begun to develop as a centre of the renewable energy industry within the East of England.

Lowestoft Map Lowestoftwatersports

Lowestoft South Beach - 50m from Lowestoftwatersports Shop

The videos below are taken on the beach approx 50m from Lowestoftwatersports. This is our beautiful local golden sandy beach where we walk, swim, kayak, kite, surf and stand up paddle. It takes just minutes to walk from the shop to the beach. There are toliets and warm water showers, as well as icecream and drinks available in the summer. This area is Lifeguarded throught the summer months. It is a Blue Flag Beach and cleaned and levelled daily first thing in the morning before visitors arrive! There is an amusement arcade at the start of the South pier and also hot food and drinks can be bought from the beach cafes and stools. So as well as being the perfect place to Kayak, Kite or Stand Up Paddle it is also family friendly so everyone can be happy all at once!

The South Beach is where we teach Stand Up Paddleboarding. For £20 you have a choice of a male or female instructor and the board hire. You also get the paddle, leash and an impact vest (if you wish to wear one, which we do advise). We often see seals popping up by our boards near the pier, and summer 2012 we had the privilege of a small group of Porpoises playing around approx 20m infront us just south of the Pier!

We also hire out Kayaks for use on the South Beach.

In the summer we get a really cool sand bar just South of the Claremont Pier as the tide gets lower. This is ideal for skimboarding and get's quite busy with Skimboarders. The water in the lagoon that is left is very warm also, so ideal for the little ones to paddle in and offers a little protection as there are no waves obviously.

Our Kitesurfing, Kitebuggy and Landboarding Lessons take place around the East Coast, with Pakefield and Kessingland being our favourite spots. We also teach at Southwold, Walberswick, Sea Palling and other locations close to us depending on wind direction. All fantastic locations and mostly white sands with amazing surrounding beauty.

Lowestoft Interview
Lowestoft - Man on a Beach
BBC Coast visits the Claremont Pier in Lowestoft

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

As well as the beautiful sandy beaches of Lowestoft and the surrounding areas we have the awesome crystal waterways of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads. Idyllic and peaceful, the Broads are popular with many a sailour. Dotted with portage points and quaint Pubs/Resturants there are plenty of oppotunites to get off and explore, go for a meal or enjoy a pint! The Broads also offer great scenery for budding photographers and of course it is teaming with many interesting birds, fish, dragonfly and river creatures! Perfect for family holidays or a peaceful retreat!

As well as peace, you can find extreme noise on the Broads! Every week in the summer months Powerboat racing occurs on the Oulton Broads.

We supply tender boats, dinghies, solid sit on top, sit in or inflatable kayaks and all the accessories that you need to enjoy the water safely. We have dry bags to keep your camera equipment dry and safe, Life jackets or PDF's, Paddles, Leashes, Kayak Transporters and lots more. We are always here for advice also, so just pop in, email us or give us a call. We also give discounts for loyal customers and for customers who wish to purchase more than a couple of items. We also hire Kayaks from our shop for use on the beach if you wish to try one out before purchasing. Try it on the beach, or if you ask in advance and wish to take the kayak away for use on the Broads it can be arranged. This would be a special arrangement and we prefer you to go down the beach infront of our shop for obvious reasons :)

Sailing Oulton
Norfolk Broads - April 2013
S/CAT Powerboat Racing in Oulton Broad

Lowestoft and The Broads - Come and Visit Us

Below are a few photos of us enjoying the sports we love the most. Come and visit us and have a go yourself! Great family destination, or rock up as a Man in a Van and make some friends on the water!

Sarge - Kiteboard Instructor filming for Sky TV Crew
Sarge - Kiteboard Instructor filming for Sky TV Crew
Stand Up Paddleboarding Suffolk and Norfolk Broads
Stand Up Paddleboarding Suffolk and Norfolk Broads
Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor (left) and Pupils enjoying the beach after lesson
Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor (left) and Pupils enjoying the beach after lesson

Great Local information on the Anglian Kayak Angling forum

The Herring Town Run. Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft

Either side of the Norfolk and Suffolk border lie two towns built upon the herring fisheries of days past; Great Yarmouth to the north, built around the mouth of the River Yare and Lowestoft to the South where Mutford Lock gives access to the River Waveney. With the decline of the herring fisheries since the 1960’s both of these towns now rely more heavily on tourism and provide plenty of accommodation to capitalise on the sandy beaches for which the area is renowned. Beach access options for kayakers are many with plentiful free or paid parking available at either end or in between and a short walk to the water’s edge.

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach. At the junction between Main Cross Road and South Beach Parade there is access to the beach via a concrete ramp. Parking is free to the south of the ramp and a good fish and chip shop is located opposite. The water’s edge is approximately 200m from the ramp and consists of fine sand and small dunes although a strong easterly wind will expose shingle for the last 50 metres or so.

The initial slope and shore dump flattens out almost immediately. Heading south a concrete outfall from the power station is reached halfway to the new outer harbour that opened for shipping in 2010. The easy, sheltered paddling gives way around the bouldered harbour wall to a strong rip current that pulls kayaks out towards the mouth of both old and new harbours.

Passing the southern (Gorleston) end of the old harbour gives an unhindered route down to Lowestoft if straight touring is preferred although those who enjoy playing in rougher water may wish to head inshore along the line of the concrete pier towards the breakwater for the confused, shallow water area known locally as the cauldron. Here waves rebound from both parts of the structure and dependant on wind and swell direction waves can be coming from three directions at once often forming quite decent clapotis. More free parking can be found 300 metres walk up the sandy beach from here along with a selection of cafes.

Heading south from the cauldron reasonable surfing is to be had along the next kilometre or two although attention needs to be paid to swimmers, kite surfers and wooden groynes. A further 3km of inshore paddling brings kayakers to a red buoy that marks the wreck of the White Swan. An old Swan Line Ltd collier completed in April 1903 by the Blyth SB Company Ltd (Yard No.113) and owned by J. A. Dixon and T. N. Sample of Newcastle, the single screw White Swan was en-route from West Hartlepool to Liverpool when she went down on 17th November 1916. Measuring 287.3ft long with a 43.2ft beam and weighing 2,173 gross tons, she dragged her anchor and ran aground. It took 13 hours to get the twenty-strong crew off by Breeches Buoy. Their only steamer, the loss of the White Swan put Swan Line out of business.

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