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Old 10-17-2006, 02:55 PM
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Default Florida Trip, Stay Put Or Do a Grand Tour?



Kiters can have a great time selecting just one destination and having at it there for the entire visit. Alternatively, you can cover a lot of ground and water in several days, a week or more in several parts of Florida. As they say, it's all good with each area unique in different ways. There is a great deal of launch specific info at http://kitebeaches.com/

Wonder about driving distances? Checkout: http://goflorida.about.com/library/b..._distances.htm

Need directions, checkout: http://www.mapquest.com/directions/m...?bCTsettings=1

WHAT do these launches look like? Well there are many surface shots below and no end of good quality satellite images at: http://tinyurl.com/uy9qu

If you are flying into Florida there are many International Airports to choose from, from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach in the SE, to Ft. Myers in the SW, Tampa in the West, Orlando in Central Florida and still more further up the state. Your ultimate destination or tour itinerary should be coordinated with your point of arrival. The following trip is setup with a Miami arrival.

So, if you are planning a visit to Florida and the winds are on why not check out a few spots, there are hundreds of launch area and riding photos below, like ...

In SE Florida, more in the SE Florida Forum at: http://fksa.org/viewforum.php?f=67 , you could go to Key West, hook up with Paul Menta of thekitehouse.com for a boat trip to the Flats of Key West. More at:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=576

You could visit with Brad Lange at sevensports.com in Islamorada. More about the area just north of Whale Harbor at:
http://www.kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2301637



While in Miami you could talk to Mike and Clarissa with thekitehouse.com about going to the Flats of Miami. More about that area at:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=831
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1462
Christophe with Miamikiteboarding.com and Ty with KiteHatteras.net may also be running out to the Flats.

You could visit Miguel with Bigkite.com at Matheson Hammock while in Miami as well. More about this at:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2819

You could stop by TheKiteshop.com and say hello to Juan and Morgan while on the way to Crandon Park, more at:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=498
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1091

Water-play.com is another well equiped store, more at:
http://www.kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2300726

Further north you can visit Neil at Tiki Beach in Ft. Lauderdale, more at:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2437

and you could swing by Water-Play.com in Ft. Lauderdale and say hi to Jon.

Still further north you could hit Delray Beach, more at:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=457

And Jupiter say hi to Jeremy with Jupiter Kiteboarding, more at:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1158
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1100

And still further north, you could visit Greg with Treasure Coast Kiteboarding in Ft. Pierce:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1711




Or shred into NE Florida, http://fksa.org/viewforum.php?f=66

Sebastian Inlet,
(coming)

Or, say hello to A.J. with kitetricity.com in the Cocoa area:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2650

Or Ponce Inlet,
(coming)

Further north you could visit Daryl and Scott with Extreme Kites in St. Augustine and Matanzas Inlet. More at:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1009

Or Jacksonville,
(coming)


You could shoot to the Southwest coast from Miami via Alligator Alley and hit Marco, Naples and Sanibel.
SW Florida Forum http://fksa.org/viewforum.php?f=68

Marco
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1113

Or hit Naples and say hi to Latino with swfloridakiteboarding.com,
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2207

Sanibel/Ft. Myers and visit Roy with aceperformer.com
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2686


Or you could jet west through Orlando from the Cocoa/Ponce area to Tampa Bay/St. Pete.

There is tons of info and rider activity on the Tampa Bay/St. Pete Forum and say hello to more great guys than I can name in a sentence at: http://fksa.org/index.php?c=29

Launch area info and photos appear att:
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1169
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=1171
http://www.tampabaykiteboarding.com/...aunchsites.htm



Don't forget about the Panhandle of Florida with huge white sandy beaches, waves and good frontal winds. More in the NW Florida Forum at: http://fksa.org/viewforum.php?f=65

Panama City, visit Rush with emeraldcoastkiteboarding.com
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2477

Ft. Walton, say hi to Michael with XLKites.com
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2476


These are only some of the great riding grounds that Florida has to offer. Make your plans, ask questions here if you like and get ready to rip!!!
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:29 PM
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Some guys might hit the Keys and Miami and perhaps jet over to the SW coast if strong frontal winds come through.

Alternatively, some might hit the Keys, Miami and range north to Ft. Lauderdale and Delray.

There is some excellent wave riding to be had moving a bit further north to checkout Jupiter and Ft. Pierce.

If you are heading towards Orlando, you might want to grab some great frontal wind action in the Tampa/St. Pete area on the west coast and perhaps hit Cocoa and Ponce Inlet on the east coast.

Some riders may want to checkout Marco, Naples, Sanibel and Tampa Bay/St. Pete. These areas go off in westerly frontal winds.

Heading further north you can have great sessions both east and west, riding in St. Augustine on the east coast and blast across the state to the wide white sandy beaches of the Panhandle in the Panama City, Ft. Walton and Destin areas.

Dice and slice the state as you will, there is a lot of great riding to be had here.
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Old 10-17-2006, 04:12 PM
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Rick,

Your knowledge of the Florida scene is simply unbelievable and irreplaceable.
I bet at one time you may have known nearly every kiter in the state.
Thanks for all the work on this site that makes the state feel like one continuous launch site, not a bunch of separate areas
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:54 PM
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I bet at one time you may have known nearly every kiter in the state.
Sure , when there were only 12 of us. LOL! :lol:
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Old 10-17-2006, 10:00 PM
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Thanks Scott! Many of the people mentioned in the writeup were among the original Area Coordinators for the FKA, so remembering identities is fairly easy. Raul may have it about right with my sometimes poor memory otherwise. Thanks for the leadership you provide not only in the NE but also statewide here and elsewhere.

Florida has about 1200 lineal statute miles of coastline, a huge riding area. Some areas have likely never been explored by kiters as of yet. Great times are in store for riders both home grown and from elsewhere.

It really is one big launch, it is good to get guys together when we can.
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:49 AM
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Raul, funny stuff. That is what I was implying actually.
Now it's impossible to know every kiter even in the St.Pete area, I bet.
I think you would have to do daily updates!!
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:31 AM
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The wind season is about to kick off again, time to bring a few posts back to the top.
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the panhandle is now getting the winds from the low pressure system moving into the gulf. last night through the weekend are supposed to be epic. we can't wait to hit the surf next to the jetties in panama city, and ride around to the other side and ride in amazons!!
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