BELHAVEN BAY, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013: Mark Sankey kite surfing in Belhaven Bay, East Lothian

Belhaven Bay is located 30 or so miles south-east of Edinburgh, near the town of Dunbar. It forms part of John Muir Country Park and has great views of the Bass Rock. I spent my childhood holidays at the Belhaven chalets and I loved going across the bay to swim in the waves in the North Sea (though I recall I wasn't so happy going back across the beach when the wind blew the sea water deep into your ears!). I still visit Belhaven Bay occasionally to walk the dog and to watch and photograph people surfing. Dunbar has a local surf school, Coast to Coast Surf, who use the bay for surf and bodyboard lessons. When the wind is right, a minimum of 15 knots from the north-east according to Edinburgh kite surfer Mark Sankey, kite surfing is on the menu too. Also known as kiteboarding, kite surfing involves a surfboard or a wakeboard, a waist harness and a sail that you use to propel yourself across, up and out of the water, often at great speed. It's great to photograph but I learnt very quickly that lens choice is key and it's difficult to get close-up shots of the surfers with the kite in the picture. One to practice I think, and to get in the water!

When the wind isn't strong enough for Belhaven Bay, kite surfers can also be found at the nearby Gullane Beach and Aberlady Bay.