Wander along the seafront at Exmouth on a clear, calm day and you might see more than a hundred kite surfers making the most of the conditions - yes as you may have guessed the Exe Estuary is one of Devon’s busiest magnets for the sport! The last decade has seen kite surfing fever build in Exmouth, and more and more riders are realising the estuary’s great potential.
The Exe Estuary starts just to the south of Exeter and runs for nearly eight miles, and the marina is a favourite spot for water sports. Exmouth has fantastic conditions for making the most of the water, and it’s also popular for diving, sailing, wind surfing, kayaking and much more. The area affectionately known as the Duck Pond is one of the Exe Estuary’s best kept secrets. It offers a huge sailing area at high tide, and you can be reassured that you’ll probably be in your depth when you come off the board.
You’ll usually find plenty of parking along the water front but at peak times be prepared to park in one of the overflow car parks just a couple of minutes away from the water. It’s an idea to have a read of the Exe-Kiteboarders Code of Conduct before your first visit to the Exe Estuary, as there are some rules the locals ask kite surfers to follow. The general rules are that beginners should avoid the seafront and use the Duck Pond instead, and keep an eye on the tidal currents in your riding area.