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Off Season Kite Surf and Surf Trip to Central California

May 11, 2015

Off season was kitesurfing and surfing in the waves from Pismo Beach to Santa Cruz, California. Two days after driving thru the Navajo and Hopi Reservation, to Pismo Beach for the 2015 Pismo Beach Kiteboarding Exposition, I ordered my 5:3 mm hooded wetsuit and it was great to stay warm for the next 5 weeks in the 50 degree cold waters of the north Pacific Ocean. Over the last 35 years I have gained skills kiteboarding, surfing and windsurfing, and I relied on my skill set to participate in these sports in the challenging ocean conditions off San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Surf Spots were too numerous to mention and were working every morning and on all non wind days all along the coast. One of my favorite waves was surprisingly, Pismo Beach Pier, which fires like a machine day after day. My favorite kiting spots were Morro Bay, Pisom Beach and Wadell Creek. The condtions are non stop beach break and on shore to side-on winds. The advantage to the onshore winds is that if you have any "technical kite difficulties" or crash your kite in the surf, the winds blow you quickly back to the safety of the beach.

I am happy to report that there is still a solid core group of wave - sailing windsurfers on the Central California coast. Although kiting is by far the fastest growing and most popular wave wind sport, there are still a lot of windsurfers in both San Luis Obispo, San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties. I think windsurfing is holding ground because its so hard to master and is so different from Kiting yet such a great wave riding tool. I know I get a more intense workout Windsurfing than kiting or surfing. The sail is hooked 2 feet away from your center of mass and when the wind gusts from 20 - 30 mph, the pull of the sail is exhilirating!

I am already planning my 2015-2016 Central California Kite Surfing Trip for next year and to go visit again some of my new California Kitesurfing and Windsurfing friends.