February 23, 2021
With its endless coasts, massive river networks and innumerable lakes, the options for kitesurfing in the United States are endless. So if you’re looking to kitesurf on your next holiday in the US of A, here are the top 7 best places to visit according to the experts.
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One of our favourite places on the east coast are the Outer Banks, a thin stretch of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland. Cape Hatteras, a bend in Hatteras Island, provides consistent wind from all directions. The waters are great for all levels of kite surfing, as there are shallows at the shoreline and the wide open Atlantic Ocean for those that are looking for something more advanced.
Bonus: Stay at Watermen's Retreat on Cape Hatteras, where you can stay at your choice of 14 waterfront suites, a secluded cottage or a range of budget friendly cabanas.
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Key West is the last of the famous Florida Keys, a small chain of islands that stretch from mainland Florida all the way to Cuba (well, 90 miles from Cuba to be exact). It is the southern-most point in the United States and every bit a tropical paradise. If you want a watersports holiday then this is the place for you. The Keys are surrounded by water and like Cape Hatteras, the wind is constant.
Bonus: go to The Flats, which are easily accessible by boat. The wind hits The Flats from every direction allowing beginners to have a blast but also permits the advanced kite surfers to enjoy some real freak winds. The best part is that there are no obstacles, so if you crash you have a nice, cushiony fall (kind of). Contact UpWind Kiteboarding for lessons, day trips to The Flats and more.
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South Padre Island is also a barrier island, like the Outer Banks; however this one is a lot longer… actually it is the longest barrier island in the world. Located in Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent to Mexico itself, South Padre Island offers ideal conditions with winds blowing in from the Gulf giving it a warm climate all year round, with waves on the one side and flat waters on the other side.
Even if the rest of your family doesn’t enjoy kite surfing, South Padre Island is the perfect family destination because there is something for everyone on the sea and off.
Note: ideal all year round but the peak season is February through May (which also coincides with the famous Spring Break) so make sure you arrive early, or just avoid this time all together!
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Hood River, about one hour from Portland, is where you will find the Columbia Gorge. The Gorge offers ideal kiting due to the strong winds that come through the Gorge, but beware as these winds can sometimes gust up to 40 knots! Stunning scenery and ideal conditions, especially for the advanced kite surfers, makes this a must for the hardcore, but it is also a great spot if you just want to stop by and admire the daredevils catching crazy winds!
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Located on one of the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan, to be precise), Muskegon is not for the faint of heart in the winter months, so you want to be sure and go there in the summer – unless you’re an avid ice fisherman. Because Muskegon has a long pier, it offers protection from the surf and gives the rider optimal conditions to enjoy the wonderful Lake Michigan. And as a bonus, if you feel like treating your friends and family, be sure to take them to Tootsie’s Diner, a local institution where you’ll find the area’s tastiest Friday Fish Fry – a Midwestern tradition that cannot be missed.
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If you are one of the lucky ones and find yourself in beautiful Hawaii, head to Oahu Island and Kailua Bay. The Bay is ideal and safe especially for beginners, and for just sitting back and enjoying the natural, stunning scenery for that matter. Just keep in mind that it is important to get all your gear ready before getting to the beach so you can launch straight away and get out and away from the swimming area.
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San Francisco is a great city to visit with the family as there is just so much to see and experience. If you’re really itching to ride when you’re in San Francisco, then you must be kite-crazy. If this is you in a nutshell, then Crissy Field is where you must go. This spot is world-class and only for the most advanced riders as brutal currents and heavy boat traffic from cargo ships make this a very challenging spot – especially since the water and wind conditions can change at the blink of an eye. After a good session reward yourselves with an amazing and authentic pizza at A16, just a few blocks away in the Marina District.
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