10 of the best UK windsurfing beaches

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    1. Gwithian Beach

    Gwithian is a very long and exposed sandy beach that joins up with Hayle Towans and Godrevy at low tide. Very popular with surfers of all abilities, although there can be serious rip currents. A car park and cafes above the beach.

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    2. Marazion Beach

    A sand and pebble beach opposite the iconic St Michael's Mount, which can be reached via a causeway at low tide. 

    Safe and sheltered, with plenty of shops and cafes in the village. There is a good children's playground adjacent…

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    3. Troon South Beach

    Troon is a bustling seaside town in Ayrshire.  It has two good, sandy beaches, a harbour and lots of good quality cafes, restaurants and shops, and the vicinity boasts no less than seven golf courses. 

    South Beach is…

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    4. Watergate Bay

    Watergate Bay is a large open sandy beach located about 3 miles from Newquay. This beach absolutely radiates space but it still tends to get reasonably busy around the main car park in front of the Watergate Hotel.

    Being north-westerly…

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    5. Pendine Sands Beach

    Pendine Sands is a long strip of sand which is backed by sand dunes. The beach stretches for around seven miles and sits on the shore of Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales. Running all the way from Gilman Point to Laugharne…

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    6. Traeth Cymyran Beach (Rhosneigr)

    Traeth Cymyran beach is situated at the western end of a two mile stretch of sand extending from the village of Rhosneigr. Cymyran is delineated from neighbouring Traeth Crigyll by a rocky outcrop known as ys Feirig, although this is…

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    7. South Lancing Beach

    South Lancing is a shingle beach between Shoreham-by-Sea and Worthing.  At low tide a vast section of wet, compact sand is revealed which is popular with dog walkers. At the back of the beach are a number of pastel coloured beach…

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    8. Hunstanton Beach

    Hunstanton is the only resort town in East Anglia which faces west, making the beach relatively sheltered from sea breezes and an excellent place to enjoy watching the sun set.

    There are two main areas of beach, the part nearest…

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    9. St. Annes - North Beach

    This sandy beach, backed by dunes is located on the Fylde coastline, between Lytham St Annes and Blackpool.  At low tide up to 300 metres of clean, golden sand is exposed, perfect for building sandcastles and playing beach games.  


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    10. Shoebury East Beach

    This less well-known council-run beach is often relatively quiet. The gently sloping beach backs on to a large area of grass incorporating a children's play area. Sandwiched between Pig's Bay MOD site and the former Shoeburyness Artillery…