Kite Surfers Becoming Popular Amongst
San Diego Surfing Crowd and Coastline
Surfing in San Diego and the Southern California coastline is as
traditional as The Beach Boy’s, Woodies, Palm Trees and beautiful swimsuit models. On any given day you can find hundreds if not thousands of surfers
out in the water waiting for the next great set to come in.
Surfers however need to have certain weather conditions to make a trip out in the water worth while, namely some good waves and also calm wind conditions. When the wind starts picking up it starts to blow out the wave form making for shorter, if any rides. Normally the best time for surfing is in the early monrning and during the sunset times of the day when the wind is normally calmer.
There is a new kind of surfing hitting the Southern California coast, one the depends on the wind, and that is a new craze called “kite surfing”.
Surfers strap on harnesses that allow them to control a paragliding type chute that allows them harness the wind and ride a modified surfboard over the surf at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
“It is alot of fun”, said kite boarder Max Thorne, who with a group of other local San Diego kite boarders, like to go to Tourmaline Surf Park in Pacific Beach on weekday and weekend afternoons. “We love the wind”, he exclaimed as he began to walk his kite and board out for another run through the north Pacific Beach area.
Thorne is not alone. In the last 2 years the number of kite boarders has greatly increased to the point where there are now hundreds of active kite boarders taking advantage of the windy days along the coast at Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach and the Southern California coastline.
“We have seen a huge increase in the kite boarding sport, especially in the last year”, said action sports retailer Bob Smith of Bob’s Mission Surf Shop in Pacific Beach. “This is a sport where you not only get a great workout but also are able to catch air riding off the waves as high as 15 feet on windy days along the beach.”
Kite boarders have even formed small groups and now have their own travel groups and contests to see who can do some of the best manuevers and also “air contests” to see who can get the most altitude riding off the waves.
It is a fast growing action sport that is catching fire and one that many industry experts expect to see growth off for a long time to come.
There are normally good wind conditions along Mission Bay and other locations in San Diego that make it easy to go out for an hour or tow and enjoy the San Diego sunshine.
The next time you are along the San Diego coastline on a windy day look for these colorful paragliding chutes cruising the coastline for some great entertainment and photos, and who knows you may just be out there some day yourself when you see how fun it is!
For more information on kite surfing including equipment and lessons in San Diego visit the following websites
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