WEST WITTERING BEACH:

West Wittering beach in West Sussex is one of the few privately owned beaches in the UK. Fifty years ago the locals grouped together and purchased the land to prevent development on the site. Since then the owners, West Wittering Estate, have carefully conserved the area in its rural state by charging visitors to the beach. Each time you visit the beach you directly contribute to its conservation so that it is there for all to enjoy.

A windsurfing club has been at West Wittering beach for over 25 years; West Wittering Windsurfing Club was set up by Simon Bassett over 12 years ago to allow windsurfers and more recently kitesurfers to gain access onto West Wittering beach. The Club runs a zoned safety system on the beach, full jet boat rescue cover and has facilities including changing rooms, showers and club house. We also have full hire facilities including all the latest 04 equipment from North, Starboard, Fanatic, JP and Hot Sails Maui kids rigs.

At the windsurfing club we are a RYA Fast Forward windsurfing school, running courses for all levels and have private lessons available from our resident coach, Jem Hall. Kitesurfing courses are also available throughout the season.

The beach itself has conditions to suit beginners to experts, at low tide there is a fantastic shallow lagoon which is safe and an ideal place to learn and great for perfecting new moves; mid tide is ideal for intermediates and at high tide, West Wittering gets some great waves. Ideal directions for West Wittering are south westerly which is side onshore, westerly produces side shore conditions while northwest is cross-off. North easterly is directly offshore, east is port tack, side shore and southeast is port tack onshore. We have a free web cam which will give you tide times, wind speed and direction, wave height and water temperatures. www.2xs.co.uk

Membership is available on an annual basis to anyone who would like to join, it costs £145 for a single membership, £215 family and £80 for a car park pass. We also have a joining fee of £40 which if you join before March 2004 is not applicable. A day ticket is available to non members for limited visits to the beach whilst windsurfing. Kitesurfing, however, at present, is restricted to WWWC members only all year.

For further details contact Simon Bassett at 2XS, Rookwood Road, West Wittering, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 8LT Tel: 01243 512552 Fax: 01243 512850 Email: sales@2xs.co.uk Web: www.2xs.co.uk