The Tampa kiteboarding area have a number of good launches and winds are consistent from November to April with light winds in the summer. A variety of spots make for great kiting throughout Tampa Bay -St. Petersburg and Clearwater. There are enough spots to be able to take advantage of wind that comes from any direction. It is located on the Gulf of Mexico so it’s less exposed than the Atlantic side. Kitesurfers can enjoy waves and chop on the outer Gulf areas and smoother water in some of the inside locations. The wind is generally on the light side so having larger kites is key.
Best winds: November - April
Wind Conditions:15 - 25 knots
Water Temp: Booardshorts to shorty wetsuit
Water Type: Flat water, chop and Waves
Weather: Sunny - warm to hot
Nightlife: Nightlife in this city is great
Living near Tampa kiteboarding areas allows people to have the best of both worlds - work in an urban environment and kite nearby. Many major cities don't offer a lot of places for kitesurfers. The drawback of any urban kiting destination is that you will have to drive through traffic to get from one launch to another on days where you are chasing wind.
Some of the most popular launches include:
Fort Desoto Park - North, Big and East beaches -a spectacular natural environment where there is camping available and three of the beaches. East, Big and North are kiting spots with all types of conditions - East beach is the most popular with shallow water for a couple hundred metres out making for good flat water riding; : best winds are NE, E, SE.
The Skyway - great flat water riding from the North Park side more of an intermediate/advanced kiting spots on both sides. Trees and traffic nearby can be dangerous.
Treasure Island - original kiting spot and a good wide open spaces for newer riders - small waves make for good riding in strong winds.
Gulf Beaches - great place for a downwinder and a ride back on the trolley.
Honeymoon and Caladesi Island - nice beaches that can get busy on weekends. Good for winds from all directions.
Clearwater Beach - stay away from swimming areas and be aware of lifeguard directions.
Check the Google Map for a good overview of the Tampa Kiteboading/St. Petes region. It's easy to get a sense of the distance between best Tampa Kiteboarding spots.
For those Tampa party-goers the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area has a pretty good nightlife worth checking out when in town.
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