The surf’s ‘up’

New kite surfing school opens in Scarborough on the North Bay promenade. The sky over a gloomy North Bay brightened up by the colourful kites. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122104m
New kite surfing school opens in Scarborough on the North Bay promenade. The sky over a gloomy North Bay brightened up by the colourful kites. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122104m
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A NEW watersport is making a splash on Scarborough’s beaches as Kitesurfing comes to town.

This week the North Bay’s shore will be awash with colourful kites dotted along the horizon, all pulling along thrill seeking surfers across the tide.

The sport is being introduced in Scarborough as part of a new venture, Harbourside Watersports.

Bosses behind the scheme have renovated a historic fishing warehouse in Quay Street, and are in the process of renovating cottages in Sandside.

With accommodation now in place they are running courses for guests to try out or improve their skills on the waves.

The first kitesurfing course got underway this week, with gusty winds providing perfect conditions.

The lessons are being lead by Mike Andrew, from Harbourside Lodge, and kitesurfing expert Sam Guest, who runs his own kitesurfing business Tantrum Kitesurf in Spain.

Mr Andrew and Mr Guest said: “Kitesurfing hasn’t really found it’s way to Scarborough yet, so at the moment there are some great opportunities for cruising on the open ocean, with acres of space.

“What’s more Scarborough’s got some of the best waves and wind that the UK has to offer.

“With us people can learn to combine the disciplines of kitesurfing and surfing for the ultimate thrill.

“All levels are welcome so if your just riding or a hardened veteran we’ll be teaching you how to kitesurf in waves, as opposed to on them.”

The courses compliment the Harbourside Lodge, which is a family run surf lodge, run by surfers for surfers, kayakers, other water users and skaters.

Its location was chosen for its proximity to the harbour as well as lying two minutes from the South Bay and ten minutes from the North Bay and the new skate part. Lesson are run on the North Bay from Harbourside Watersport’s chalet.