HOOK SANDS | SANDBANKS
Accessed from Sandbanks, Hook sands is an expansive sandbar which extends from Poole Harbour entrance for around 2km out.
It is generally always covered by water except for the strongest spring tides when the end section can become exposed for a couple of hours.
Going directly from the deep water channel to the sandbar ‘The hook’ creates a playgorund of waves which form up and roll across the bar as perfect ramps and rolling swell lines.
Popular for years amongst windsurfers, the Hook changes day to day to get it at its best riders should look for side shore conditions and mid/high tides with a strong well.
NE | E | SE | S | SSW
Side shore in a SSW and NE, onshore in an easterly and southerly.
RIDE-ABLE: ALL TIDES
Sandbanks and hook sands can be ridden in all tides, but it will react different to swell as it’s depth changes. Bigger swell hold better in higher tides, Low tides can crumble waves quickly unless the swell is small with a large period.
The tidal current can be strong here, flooding NW into the harbour and ebbing out to the SE.
Launching at the beach riders should be aware of the rock groynes and possible busy beach
Riding 1km riders should be aware of their limits and the forecast conditions, riding with buddies and planning for a worst case escape plan
Heading into the shipping channel would present a large risk of collision with boats or complication with currents, so should be avoided
LOCAL RESTRICTIONS / ETIQUETTE
Kiters should set up and launch to the southern end of the beach (near BBQ area) to avoid the general public
Kiting in the shipping channel is not permitted
Riders should look out for each other on the sand bar and assist if required
Riders should stay alert on the water as riders might be jumping on the way out and wave riding on the way in
LOCAL LOGISTICS AND AMENITIES
Postcode: BH13 8QJ
Sandbanks main beach has a large pay and display car park, the far end has direct access to the BBQ and set up area
Public toilets are located in the main car park
A food kiosk and cafe is located on the beach