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.