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Old 01-27-2016, 10:47 PM
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Delray can be a good spot for newer kiters, if the waves are manageable and they start at the right end of the beach. If there is a SE wind on, it is best to start at the south end, just north of the posted, lifeguarded area in front of Atlantic Dune Park north of Linton Blvd.. This way you have over a mile to drift north before coming near another out of bounds lifeguarded area. If the wind is northerly, then setup about 400 ft. south of Casurina Rd. and well south of the Segate Club.. This puts you well to the south of the out of bounds lifeguarded area that runs well to the north. Again for the same reason, so that you have over a mile to drift south before approaching another out of bounds lifeguarded area. No kiting is permitted by law within 100 yards of a lifeguarded beach in Delray. If it is light or strong from the east and onshore, between that and the waves, it may take extra skill to work beyond 100 yards from shore along with the right sized kite and board. Newer kiters have probems with this at times (along with some experienced guys too). Strong winds can bring large waves, at times with a double break which can be daunting to newer kiters. Be careful and considerate of bystanders working hard to avoid complaints and you should be fine. Many locations south of here often do have more restrictions due to higher populations and many years of access problems. Given narrow access corridors they may also require higher levels of skill to ride upwind within narrow areas to get beyond100 to 150 yards from shore. As with most beach launches in SE Florida, westerly winds are offshore and not usually kiteable.
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