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After numerous false starts (it’s staggering how strong the pull is on these bigger kites in just a slight gust) I finally get mine up in the air and under some semblance of control. I slowly sink to my knees underwater, and keeping the kite in the sweet spot where it’s catching the most wind, I let it pull me forward onto my front.

Next thing I know, I’m coasting through the waves with no effort at all. Forget that ambulance, I feel like if the wind picked up just a notch, all I’d need is this kite to carry me right off the beach. Maybe next time.

A kitesurfing break is £164.50pp with one night stay at The Gallivant, Rye, including breakfast, dinner and one-day kitesurfing course.   

Getting there Take the train from St Pancras International to Rye, changing at Ashford, with Southeastern Railways andSouthern Railways from £11 return. 

Eat, drink, sleep

Nothing can top the fish pie at the Gallivant Hotel’s Beach Bistro – it’s stuffed with salmon and mushy peas, among other goodies. The other hearty grub’s great here, too. Mains from £10.50.  

Opposite Camber Sands’ dunes, Green Owl offers a decent menu of homemade pies and lasagne, or for something lighter, you can pick up a sandwich. From £4.95.  

Sit out on the sunny terrace with a pint of Sussex real ale at the 15th-century Ye Old Bell Inn in Rye. Pints approx £3.  

Grab a cheeky lunchtime beer or wine at the casual, beachy Rye Bay Cafe after you’ve walked the dunes or kitesurfed the waves. Drinks from £3. 

Coastal cool is the name of the game at The Gallivant. Rooms have lovely beach-themed touches (furnishings looks like they’ve been washed to shore), the service is warm and atmosphere is relaxed. Rooms from £125pn.  

For four-poster beds and quirky 15th-century decor, try The Mermaid Inn. Rooms from £90pn.  

Photos: Thinkstock; Getty; The Kitesurf Centre; James Boulding


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