Gallery: How to make the most of the wind

STRONG wind may not be everyone's favourite weather - but those with hobbies on the sea just can't get enough of it.

STRONG wind may not be everyone's favourite weather - but those with hobbies on the sea just can't get enough of it.

Daring kite-surfers have become a big part of Felixstowe's offshore activity in the past few years, providing a colourful spectacle out on the North Sea for watching walkers on the prom and beach hut owners enjoying a relaxing afternoon in their chalets.

Their favourite spot is the near the mouth of the River Deben, alongside the golf links between The Dip, Old Felixstowe, and the hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry, where the tides run fast and the winds are often strong.

Using the power of the wind, the huge kites lift the surfers' boards out of the water and fly ten to 20 feet up in the air before landing and zipping back to shore and out again for more thrills.

The number of kite-surfers has grown every year, joining the resort's large number of sailboarders enjoying windsurfing, and the sailors from the marinas around the Deben and Orwell, sailing both for pleasure and in regular regattas and competitions.

Jet-skiers also add to the colourful collection of watersports, making Felixstowe's five-mile coast an increasingly busy place for people enjoying themselves out on the waves.

Most Read

What do you enjoy most about Suffolk's coast? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk