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Kitesurfing in Dunkirk: a wind-powered rush

Kitesurfing combines surfboard and kite to create a trendy board sport that’s popular for a number of reasons. It’s a great workout for the whole body, it improves your balance and it allows you to fly several metres above the waves! It’s great fun and an uplifting experience – literally. Are you ready for a hair-raising and revitalising day out?

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©Northern France, Dunkirk, Kitesurf |CRTC Hauts-de-France - Nicolas Bryant

Hit the beaches of the North Sea

Dunkirk – with its endless North Sea beaches lined with Art Deco and Art Nouveau villas – is a kitesurfing hotspot. On the Dunes de Flandre – a 9-mile stretch of sandy beach from Dunkirk to Bray-Dunes – your instructor will show you how to connect and adjust your harness, and how to hold the bar so that you can manoeuvre the kite. Then you’re off for two hours, building your confidence, surfing and getting to know the wind. Before long, you pull on the bar and whoosh … you’re suspended in the air. It’s a fantastic feeling from the very first moment!

Local's tip

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Try something new: Longe-côte ‒ hiking in the sea


So long as you’ve got a wetsuit (12 mm in summer or 18 mm in winter), walking chest-deep in the North Sea ‒ in a convivial group of around 30 participants ‒ has some extraordinary physical and mental health benefits.

Laurence Bailleul, expert on what to see and do in and around Dunkirk

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