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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.

Hayling Island

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There are three windsurfing venues on Hayling but only the seafront is a serious contender as a venue worth visiting regularly. The other venues are only suitable in emergency situations, when it is impossible to windsurf on the sea front and, believe me, these situations arise! OMWC events often coincide with the Hayling Windsurf Car Boot Fair, on the first Sunday of the month, now held in the large car park behind the big dipper in the funfair with the Carousel cafe adjacent serving excellent breakfasts (thanks Stan!).

The Sea Front

Windsurfing
A truly classic venue and a Mecca for windsurfing in England. The beach is pebbles and shelves steeply at first. This makes it almost impossible to sail here at high tide if it is very windy, unless you are a real looping hotshot. These are the emergency situations I was referring to earlier. When you simply have to get on the water just head off to either Langstone Harbour or Northney Marina. OMWC try to ensure visits are at low tide weekends but if an event is planned to coincide with the Hayling Windsurf Car Boot Fair, then it is not always possible and a last minute change of venue may be necessary.

Assuming a low tide weekend, the conditions can be fantastic for beginners and experts alike. There is a sandbar about half a mile offshore creating a large shallow lagoon area of relatively flat water. The sandbar itself, at mid tide, can have some of the best waves around.

Parking
Massive car park, pay and display (free in winter). We usually park at the far western end. Never a shortage of spaces but arrive early if you like to be in the front row.

Facilities
Just a tap, nothing else! Long walk to the loos and a snack kiosk at the far end of the car park. Andy Biggs has a shop on Hayling, on the road to the windsurfing beach.

Langstone Harbour aka Esso Beach (far away in time)

Windsurfing
If it is a F7+, high tide and you are desperate to get on the water, this is a great 'secret' place. The water is amazingly flat and the prevailing wind is surprisingly un-interrupted so you should have a fantastic time. Remember to pack in before the tide falls too low, otherwise you'll have a long wade back across muddy marshland - one minute ankle deep in water, the next neck deep as you step into a channel, or waist deep in slimy mud. I know, I have been there, but it was worth it! The other side of the harbour is a bird sanctuary, so try not to upset those in green wellies.

Parking
There is a tiny car park (free) un-signposted and tucked away behind the Esso garage, up the right hand turning immediately after the garage, just after you arrive on the island. You can rig up on the shingle, on the grassy bit to the right of the car park, or on the small grassy clearing between the front and rear car parks. There is a height barrier on part of the carpark that rules out high-top vans for that part.

Facilities
Esso garage shop.

Northney Marina

Windsurfing
Again, only suitable at high tide for exactly the same reasons as at Langstone. Same mud problem at low tide. At high tide you can blast across parallel to the road bridge, carve in front of the pub, then blast back again. Watch out for the strong currents in the channels when the tide has turned. Choose either venue depending on the wind direction. My preference is for Langstone but it is not easy to park.

Parking
In the marina, past the Langstone Hotel. Try to park as close to the slipway as you can for ease of launching. Free parking.

Facilities
You may be able to blag your way into the marina shower block, if only to use the loo.

Last updated: 06/10/09 21:06 By: johng
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Added by Genevieve on 03/02/09

CHILDFRIENDLINESS
The beachfront is best if you stay near the cafe, which will supply food/drink and reheat items if you want, and toilets, which have nappy change facilities. There is a skate park for older siblings.
In summer at lowtide on a sunny day, the sandbar end is great for littlies to paddle.

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