At the end of Shore Road you’ll find a high tide shingle bank which is typical of this stretch of UK coastline. Give it a few hours however and once the tide recedes there’s a decent expanse of sand.

Once over the pebbles it’s a short hop to the water and depending on the season, and type of weather on offer, will decide what kayaking you’ll be getting involved with. Although the south coast isn’t the most consistent for surf in the UK, East Wittering still gets its fair share, particular in autumn, winter and spring. Those that ride waves at the beach regularly are usually ‘on it’ and understand the subtle nuances, anomalies and factors that can make or break a wave session here.

Being heavily tidal and susceptible to onshore winds East Wittering can be the most frustrating place on earth for surf until you know how the place works. NE winds are offshore and pushing tides are best. However, a light NW breeze can also work.

It’s worth checking Bracklesham, to the east, and Joliffe Road, to the west to see which sand bars are firing. The sea bed moves around quite a lot during the year meaning if it’s not doing it in one location it could be just up the road.

For flat water paddling this whole stretch can serve up mellow conditions during calmer periods, although paddlers need to be aware there isn’t really any kind of shelter here. If the weather isn’t playing ball then it could be worth heading for the inlets and tributary estuaries of Chichester Harbour.

If you’re after downwind paddling action then watch for a W or E blow setting up and then you can either put in at Selsey or West Wittering and enjoy a decent distance of rolling bumps.

Check out our video from the 2013 Shore Watersports Demo Day on East Wittering beach:

How to get there:

Follow signs for The Witterings from A27 and then East Wittering is sign posted. Shore Road is in the centre of the village and leads all the way to the sea.

Facilities:

East Wittering has plenty of car parking opportunities a few roads back from the beach. Here you’ll also find toilet facilities.

The village is a five minute stroll back from the beach and Shore Watersports, the area’s main kayaking retailer, is based here. Shore will cater for all your kayak needs and the shop has a large number of staff who are all very knowledgeable.

There are a few pubs, restaurants, supermarkets and small shops dotted about and the whole place has a distinctly Cornish surf town feel, even though you’re actually miles away from Kernow.

Hazards:

As the tide fills in it’s worth taking note of where the wooden groynes are as these can be dangerous. Strong tidal flows can catch the unwary and a significant shore break sets up at full water.

Moderately large swells can be common in autumn, winter and spring but winds can whip up ferociously at times. Make sure you have an up to date weather forecast and are aware of tide times.

Ins and Outs:

Getting to the put in is easy. Park your car or van up at the end of Shore Road, unload your gear and then haul your kit the short distance to the water’s edge.

You can land your kayak on any part of the beach from Selsey to West Wittering. If you decide to head into Chichester Harbour then be aware of private land backing on the sea.

Notes:

Getting to the put in is easy. Park your car or van up at the end of Shore Road, unload your gear, park up and then haul your kit the short distance to the water’s edge.

You can land your kayak on any part of the beach from Selsey to West Wittering. If you decide to head into Chichester Harbour then be aware of private land backing on the sea.

Overview:

East Wittering is the coastal village found between West Wittering and Bracklesham. The spot is located in the Chichester district of West Sussex and has been a favourite haunt of surfers for many years. East Wittering also boasts the longest running surf club in the UK – Shore Surf Club.
Flanked by the mouth of Chichester Harbour to the west and Selsey Bill to the east, East Wittering is a great choice for paddlers seeking a variety of conditions.

Location:

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