Watersports – other ideas

In the watersports section you’ll find lots of information about the main activities that you see practised on Hayling Island – but there are others too…

Bodyboarding

When Tom Morey invented the bodyboard he didn’t realise just how popular this wave riding craft would be. Nowadays you can purchase boards in the budget price range all the way up to expensive performance models. It’s a great way for beginners and youngsters to get a feel for riding the waves – and equally at the advanced level it’s a high adrenaline extreme sport. A local crew of bodyboarders live on Hayling and regularly ride the pounding high tide shore break.

Skimboarding

Throwing a mini surfboard-shaped board along the shore edge of the sea before chasing after, jumping on board and then sliding. The most amount of fun you can have in all but a sliver of water. Best

Throwing a mini surfboard-shaped board along the shore edge of the sea before chasing after, jumping on board and then sliding. The most amount of fun you can have in all but a sliver of water. Best practiced at low tide.

Diving

It is possible to dive in the water off Hayling but you will need to be suitably qualified and possess your own equipment as there are no schools or centres found here.

Snorkelling

If you fancy combining some wild swimming with underwater exploration then get yourself a snorkel and mask and start exploring! Mainly seen through the summer months, snorkelling is more popular on those warmer days. A perfect family activity.

Outrigger canoeing

A traditional form of kayaking that has its roots found in Polynesian countries. Using a single bladed paddle you propel a narrow craft through the water with a bolted on stabiliser helping you keep upright.

Paddleboarding (prone)

A few devotees to paddle boarding reside on the island. A long and thick scaled up surfboard is moved through the water by lying in a prone position and paddling with your arms. This also has its roots in Polynesian cultures.

 

Whatever type of water based activity takes your fancy, you will be more than catered for if you choose to do your sport on Hayling Island.

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