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danrochas 02-15-2012 10:24 PM

Kite boarding on Biscayne Bay at 195 - Miami Beach
This might be a stupid question but every time I look at the Biscayne Bay side, North of the Julia Tuttle Causeway, (and south of the 71st bridge) I wonder if it ins't just a great place for kite boarding in any kind of wind. Even so I never ever see anyone there.
Are there any restrictions regarding Kites on the area? Is the problem just a good launch spot?
Please explain ;)

troubleshooter 02-16-2012 09:03 PM

No where to launch. If you try launching off the side of that causeway you will have visitors on your butt ASAP pretty sure.

Lots of other little nooks and crannys to launch from. I would suggest stay away from causeway. This aint the 520 slick:D

RickI 02-16-2012 10:26 PM

You can't reasonably kite just anywhere. The quality of the wind is important, if it goes over nearby land, usually the quality sucks. That means it has excessive gusts and lulls causing your kite to surge forward and stall repeatedly. If you are six miles offshore in Stiltsville from land, the land wind shadow seems to be far less a factor. The main restriction against kiting there is simple physics. You want wind that has been over clear water for as far as possible in short.

More about this common phenomena which has been responsible for a number of kiting fatalities by the way at

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