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Jetty Island

Jetty Island

SCENE

The area’s premiere light wind summer kiting spot. the water is fairly shallow for a long ways out making it a perfect spot to learn and progress. At low tide the beach is huge! it is an island so crossing the 300m channel is the only obstacle. Many use inflatable boats or kayaks (life jacket & whistle required) to cross. there is also a free ferry that typically runs from July 4 through Labor day.

SEASON

April - September

FORECASTING
    • Clear skies and warm temps are usually good signs for wind, while cloud cover is often associated with calm conditions.
    • Look for strong westerlies in the East entrance of the Straits of Juan De Fuca (15-20 or better), and a solid NW push (15-20 or better) through Admiralty Inlet / Point Wilson.
    • Thermal driven spot. Best wind is usually in the afternoons.
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Golden Gardens

Golden Gardens

SCENE

One of the most scenic urban launches in the Sound, GG’s the ultimate peanut gallery spectacle if you wanna throw down. It’s got a super flat butter section on the inside that makes it a good spot for freestylin’ progression. Parking can be an issue on nice warm summer days - particularly weekends. You must have good upwind ability to ride this spot as the Shilshole Marina is a looming hazard immediately downwind.

SEASON

May - September

FORECASTING
      • First day of high pressure is typically the strongest.
      • Look for Point No Point and West Point readings to be at least 15 or better.
      • Thermal driven spot. Best wind is usually in the afternoon.
CAMS / SENSORS

Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park

SCENE

The sister beach to Golden Gardens, Carkeek is located about a half mile north. The beach is small (unlike this photo - especially at high tide) and can get very crowded with beachgoers in summer. CK typically has a shorter season than GG, and is noted for it’s lofty winds. The wind can be flukey to non-existent near the shore and immediately downwind. It’s advisable to launch and get off the beach & upwind as quickly as possible.

SEASON

May - August

FORECASTING
        • First day of high pressure is typically the strongest.
        • Look for Point No Point and West Point readings to be at least 15 or better.
        • Thermal driven spot. Best wind is usually in the afternoon.
CAMS / SENSORS

Richmond Beach

Richmond Beach

SCENE

A small beach loaded with driftwood and beach debris, Richmond Beach offers some of the best local winter kiting around. Like most winter spots in the Puget Sound with small beaches and nearby infrastructure, this is an advanced launch. Watch out for the “deadhead” pilings in the center of the beach that are submerged and not visible at high tide.

SEASON

October - March

FORECASTING
          • Most often associated with pre/post frontal storms.
          • Richmond beach has a sensor on iKitesurf.com.
          • Watch for squalls that are known to roll through without notice.
CAMS / SENSORS

Magnuson Park

Magnuson Park

SCENE

Launches don’t get a whole lot sketchier than they do at Maggies. The wind is constantly being rotored due to the many large trees that rim the shoreline of the popular Lake Washington park. If you choose to ride here, it’s highly advisable to have someone hold you down when you launch. Further, if the wind has any westerly component in it, riding here is not recommended. Any west in the wind will make it extremely difficult to make it back to the beach. It will also rotor the wind to a point where launching will be dangerous. Otherwise, enjoy the fresh water, and note that in winter it’s much cooler than the Sound.

SEASON

October - March

FORECASTING
            • Most often associated with pre/post frontal storms.
            • Use the 520 Bridge sensor which also has a cam.
            • Squalls can ramp up without notice and can be deadly.
CAMS / SENSORS

Double Bluff

Double Bluff

SCENE

If you’ve got the time to get there, this place has it all from butter to head-high swell. The fact it’s located on the southern end of Whidbey Island, means it’s a ferry ride (Mukilteo - Clinton) away for most. Check the tides before you head out. At high tide the only exposed beach is littered with logs & debris. Go here on a low tide and you’ll be hooked for life. It doesn’t get much better than DB!

SEASON

October - March

FORECASTING
              • Most often associated with pre/post frontal storms.
              • Make sure there is no westerly component in the wind.
              • High tide bad (with exception of the slick). Low tide good.
CAMS / SENSORS
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