Joss Bay on a South Westerly?
Kent Surf Blog
by Wesley Baker
2d ago
Can you surf Joss Bay on a south-westerly swell? The answer is yes, well, sort of. Joss Bay has always been an intriguing surf spot and never fails to surprise even the most dedicated Joss Bay surfers. Let’s face it, 99% of surfers at Joss Bay would raise an eyebrow at the idea of surfing there on a south-westerly swell. However, the reality is that you can, and we know of at least 20+ surfers who have enjoyed some fun waves on such swells. These waves are not heavy beach breaks but break over the right-hand chalk reef (ledge). The tide needs to be just right, with the correct swell height wr ..read more
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Wind Farms Impact on Kent Surfing
Kent Surf Blog
by ksadmin
6M ago
The gradual reduction in the strength of surf reaching Kent’s beaches may be an unintended consequence of the United Kingdom’s ambitious pursuit of renewable wind energy. The North Sea, a relatively shallow body of water surrounded by numerous countries, is becoming a hub for extensive wind farm networks, particularly in regions like Dogger Bank and areas further north. This development is part of the UK’s effort to establish itself as a leader in renewable energy, aspiring to be the “Saudi Arabia of wind energy.” Botany Bay Wind farms, while beneficial for generating clean energy, can inadver ..read more
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We Now Support the Surf Park
Kent Surf Blog
by ksadmin
7M ago
The proposed Sea Hive Surf Park at Betteshanger Country Park presents a mix of opportunities and challenges, reflecting the dynamic balance between economic development, community well-being, and environmental stewardship. However, we have looked hard at this within our small group and discussed all the pros and cons, and after looking at everything, we all 100% supported the project, including Kent Surf founder Wesley (who voiced his concerns and was not positive previously-so it shows how good open discussion makes a difference). Opportunities and Benefits: Economic and Social Boost: The Sea ..read more
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Great White off the Kent Coast
Kent Surf Blog
by Wesley Baker
8M ago
Local Towns on High Alert Local authorities in the Kent seaside towns of Broadstairs and Whitstable have issued a high alert after a Great White shark was reportedly sighted off the coast of Kent. Dubbed “Jaws of Kent,” the shark has sent shockwaves through the garden of England as residents and tourists brace themselves for the unexpected visitor. Great White Shark in Kent Coast The last sighting was reported by a group of surfers who claimed to have had a close encounter with the shark swimming near Stone Bay, Broadstairs. They described the shark as “massive,” with a size rivalling that of ..read more
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Surf Park Location Concerns
Kent Surf Blog
by ksadmin
8M ago
Kents Surf’s Wesley statement: “Having been deeply immersed in the global surf industry for over three decades (owning the world’s largest surf travel company and two surf equipment businesses) and being an avid local Kent surfer for more than 40 years, I have a comprehensive understanding of the surf interest for this site. In addition, my extensive connections in the business world give me insights into decision-making processes. While I am genuinely enthusiastic about the idea of a surf park, it is imperative to view this proposal objectively. The proposed location for the surf park in Kent ..read more
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Offshore Wind Farm and Kent Surfing
Kent Surf Blog
by Wesley Baker
8M ago
The effect of offshore wind turbines on the swell reaching Kent surf beaches is not significant enough to cause a noticeable reduction in wave quality. Offshore wind farms are designed to harness wind energy, not to act as barriers for ocean waves. However, they can have a small impact on local wave conditions, and it has been reported by Kent surfers that they have seen a change in power and swell. Kent Wind Farm When a wind farm is installed, the wind turbines do interact with wind patterns and can cause small-scale turbulence in the immediate vicinity of the farm. This effect is limited to ..read more
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Riding the Mexican Wave
Kent Surf Blog
by Wesley Baker
8M ago
The sun is just peeking over the horizon as our plane touches down in the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico. Our destination, the enchanting beach town of Puerto Escondido, holds a reputation for its notorious adrenaline-pumping waves. This picturesque surfing paradise on the Pacific coast is our chosen terrain for our much-anticipated surf trip. Mexican Wave in Puerto Escondido Puerto Escondido translates to “Hidden Port,” and indeed, it feels like we’ve discovered a secret gem, a tropical utopia tucked away from the trappings of commercial tourism. Cobblestone streets wind past colourful local shops a ..read more
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The Importance of Surf Fitness
Kent Surf Blog
by Wesley Baker
8M ago
Surf fitness is essential for anyone who wants to improve their surfing skills and have a more enjoyable experience surfing in Kent. Surfing requires a combination of physical fitness, balance, and coordination, which can only be achieved through proper training and conditioning. The weaker wave conditions in Kent mean that getting a high level of fitness to enjoy them is and should be on every surfer’s mind. Surf Fitness Here are some reasons why surf fitness is essential: Endurance: Surfing can be a very physically demanding activity, requiring a lot of energy and endurance. Buildi ..read more
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How to Wax a Surfboard
Kent Surf Blog
by Wesley Baker
8M ago
How to Wax a Surfboard Waxing a surfboard is an essential maintenance task that helps provide traction and grip for you when surfing. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wax a surfboard: Clean the surfboard: Before you start waxing, make sure your surfboard is clean and free of sand, dirt, and other debris. Wipe down the board with a wet cloth or sponge, then let it dry completely. Choose the right wax: Many types of surfboard wax are available, each designed for different water temperatures and conditions. Choose the suitable wax for your surfing conditions in Kent. For Kent, in ..read more
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Duck Diving
Kent Surf Blog
by Wesley Baker
8M ago
Duck diving is an essential technique in surfing, and mastering it is critical for any surfer who wants to catch more waves and have more fun out in the water. Duck diving is diving under an incoming wave as you paddle out to the lineup. It’s a skill that takes time to perfect, but once you’ve got it down, it can make your surfing experience much more enjoyable. Duck Diving You will find it harder to duck dive the bigger the board you are on, meaning other methods are used for longboards and larger min-malibus. Duck diving is really only associated with short boarding. To start, position yours ..read more
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