Welcome to Wightlink’s next instalment in our pocket adventure series, where our thoughts have turned to the sea. The summer is officially here, and it’s the perfect time to throw on a wetsuit and try out all the adventures there to be had on an Island with 57 miles of coastline.

There are plenty of activities to choose from – if you’re new to water sports, or a seasoned pro looking for the next adventure, you can do it on the Isle of Wight. What’s more, you can make it to the Island, spend a day in the sea and be home for bedtime all in one day trip.

Following are Wightlink’s recommendations for our favourite pocket water sport adventures.

Kayaking and Paddle-boarding

Pick up a kayak and head out to explore the Island’s inlets – a particularly exciting activity as several of them are only accessible by water. If you feel you’d benefit from a bit of tuition Wight Waters offers both lessons, or those who know what they’re doing can just pick up a kayak and head out.*

Or perhaps you’d rather test out your balance and give stand-up paddle-boarding a go. You can even paddle your way around the famous Needles landmark and its lighthouse.

Paddle boarding Isle of Wight

Surfing

If you’re a regular surfer just check the surf report and head out to one of the Island’s many bays. Or, if you’re sticking to the East side, you can head to Sandown and stop by at the Beach Shack afterwards to refuel and enjoy one of their famous Mermaid Gin and Rock SeaVodkas.

iSurf and Wight Waters both offer a mobile surf school, so they can track down the best weather conditions on the Island and take learners there for lessons.

Windsurfing and Kite Surfing

The shallow sheltered bays and the wide open seas give plenty of options for windsurfers and kite surfers alike.  Don’t worry about packing your equipment, as Tackt-Isle has all the kit to make the Island your playground.  Visit Isle of Wight gives an overview of some of the best spots to head to on the island, all with options for a hot cup of coffee afterwards!

Try Gunard beach if you’re a seasoned sailor, or Sandown beach if you are happy to try either wave or flat sailing – it can provide either.

Wind surfing

Spectating

Water sports can be enjoyed from ashore, too.  The most famous way to do this is in Cowes week, hosted on the Isle of Wight is an eight day sailing regatta from the end of July to the beginning of August.  It’s one of the longest running sporting events in the U.K. so you can indulge in a bit of history, as well as watching the races which attract up to 1,000 boats.  A day trip would be plenty enough time to enjoy the parties and live entertainment across the Island – just book in advance for this one, it’s pretty popular!

For something more relaxing, you could try out fishing, or even watching the surfers from the comfort of your beach towel.

Boat race Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is packed full of water sports – one of the benefits of being an island. Why not try out an adventure in a day on the sea? With plenty of options for newcomers to pros and surfers to spectators, the Isle of Wight has all you need to get on the water and enjoy the summer.

* Subject to terms and conditions. See website for more details.


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