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Kitesurfing in Southern California


California offers plenty of choice for kitesurfing. The so-called Golden State is packed with kitespots, most of the great ones situated on the oceanfront of LA and Santa Barbara. Its greatest attractions are its spectacular coastline, its unbelievable wind statistics in spring, and word-class waves, varying from easygoing ripples to jaw-breaking mast-high waves.

Kitespots in Los Angeles


The best place for beginners is Belmont Shores, east of Long Beach in LA. It has a large, sandy beach, no waves and steady side-onshore winds. The only drawback is that it can get quite crowded, especially in summer weekends.

Virtually all other spots are for more experienced kitesurfers only, most of the time due to the challenging waves. Other recommended spots in LA are found east of Belmont Shores: Sunset Beach (known from the Baywatch tv-series) and Seal Beach are two similar spots featuring beach breaks that produce nice and clean waves in spring, working best in N-NW wind directions. Both have narrow launch spots (c. 200 feet/ 60 metres wide). Further east, at Huntington Beach, even bigger waves can be enjoyed.

Kitespots west of LA


Although there are a couple of other kitespots on LA's beaches, it's best to skip these and head to the West, where beaches are generally less crowded and winds are stronger. The first good spot is Zuma Beach, near Malibu, a long and sandy beach, usually occupied by few kitesurfers, where big waves can be found. Further west, spots like Leo Carillo, Port Hueneme, C-Street and Emma Wood are great spots for advanced wave sailors as well.

Further northwest, all the way up to San Francisco, many more kitespots can be found, with generally stronger winds but colder waters.

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    The best place for beginners in (and around) Los Angeles is probably ...
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    Emma Wood

    Located nearby Ventura (west of Los Angeles), Emma Wood is a kitespot ...

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    Belmont Shores

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    Sunset Beach

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    Port Hueneme

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    Seal Beach

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    Leo Carillo

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    Huntington Beach

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    Emma Wood

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    Zuma Beach

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    C-Street, Ventura, CA

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Climate

The best winds for kitesurfing in southern California is in spring to early summer. In winter you'll have to get more lucky to get suitable winds, but swell is larger then so it can also be a good window for wave riders. Keep in mind that some spots have restrictions for kitesurfing in busy summer periods, either banning kitesurfing as a whole or tightening the launch area. This goes particulary for Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach (Memorial day to Labor day) and C-Street (during the Ventura County Fair). Water temperatures are between 15-20°C (60-70°F), so full wetsuits are the best choice throughout the year.

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Getting there

There are five airports in and around LA, but LAX will probably be your place of arrival. There are many taxis available, but the faster route (during rush hour) is one of the FlyAway buses. These will get you downtown in c. 45 minutes, for c. US$6.

Getting around

LA is one of the most stretched out cities wordwide, meaning it is best to hire a car to get the most out of your stay. This will also help you to frequent the many kitespots available on the Californian coastline. Car hire is cheap, starting at c. US$40 / €25 per day.

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    Beach Plaza Hotel

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    Avia Long Beach - Hyatt

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