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Kite Spots on West Coast in October?

 
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ayush

Since 18 Sep 2018
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PostThu Sep 20, 18 2:16 am    Kite Spots on West Coast in October? Reply with quote

Hey,

I am heading out for a road trip starting from Seattle, WA and hoping to touch any and all possible kite spots in the drivable distance on the West Coast. I have about a month to spend so nothing is too far. Just not sure where I can find good wind in October.

Any suggestions? If there is nothing on West Coast, what's a big spot within the US for October?

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ldhr

Since 21 Jul 2009
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Hood River
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PostThu Sep 20, 18 7:22 am     Reply with quote

First - get yourself a subscription to Ikitesurf. It has all the info you'll need.
Going on a kite trip and depending on local weather forecast or NOAA or your Iphone won't cut it. You need forecasts with local knowledge and access to current wind speeds to help you decide where to go on any given day.

The west coast kite season (summer) has 2 components that generate wind.
High pressure over the coastline and warm air in the interior.
This sets up North winds along the coastline of Oregon and west winds in the interior (gorge, sherman island, bay area). Chances for wind on any given day are 75% and greater.

These conditions fade away in September and by October your chances for wind are less than 50%.
Quite often the wind will be from the opposite direction - south winds on the coast and east winds in the gorge.

Sorry to say but October is hit or miss on the west coast.

If you are 100% focused on kiting -
Best bet in North America would be San Padre (75%) in Texas or Cape Hatteras (75%).

If you're interested in something else like mountain biking or fishing for steelhead - go to Oregon.

Use Google to search for wind stats at any beach - there's great data out there.
"san padre wind stats".

Hood River wind stats from Ikitesurf -


   hr wind stats.jpg 

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Windian

Since 28 Apr 2008
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PostThu Sep 20, 18 8:33 am     Reply with quote

October on the west coast is pretty spotty for strong kiting winds. The beginning of the month can still have a few days on central Oregon coast, but by the end of the month it is pretty well finished at least for north winds. Winter time storm winds are taking over as the main course for kiting till things turn around again in late winter to early spring where north winds begin to start up for a new season. Winter storm kiting is definitely not for everyone as it can best be describes as brutal and unforgiving.

Central and southern California can still deliver some great days of kiting along the coast into November and even December, but it is not nearly as consistent as the February to September core of their kiting season.

Best advice would be to bring a traditional surfboard for windless days, a mountain bike and hiking boots and you will find plenty of great adventure with those rec tools.

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If you are willing to drive beyond the US border, northern Baja can be outstanding for reliable wind at places like PSC and other locales in that area.

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Slappysan

Since 13 Jun 2012
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PostThu Sep 20, 18 10:08 am     Reply with quote

If you want to stay west coast and stay in the USA personally I'd just barrel down to SoCal for October. Stop and kite at Crissy and Wadell if there is wind on your way through.

Then just chill out between Jamala Beach and San Diego.

Take a surfboard or wait until you get down there and buy a wavestorm at costco. You'll probably surf more than kite but there will still be lots of opportunities to kite.

If you want better kiting then bite the bullet and take the 4 day drive to South Padre Island in Texas.

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bigjohn

Since 13 Mar 2012
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PostThu Sep 20, 18 2:39 pm     Reply with quote

As others have stated. Statistically speaking, October is not a very good kiting month... Anywhere...

Rooster Rock easterlies are probably one of your better options.

As LDHR stated. IKITESURF.com is an excellent tool for planning a vacation.

***EDIT***
Also, if you come to The Gorge you could aggregate the stats that LDHR showed above with this graph. It is NEVER windy the same days in Hood River vs Rooster Rock. You would be kiting west wind in Hood River and East Wind at Rooster Rock
*** End EDIT***


   Rooster.png 

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Brian H

Since 08 Aug 2015
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PostFri Sep 21, 18 7:18 pm     Reply with quote

How's Sherman island towards the end of September for foiling wind ?

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bigjohn

Since 13 Mar 2012
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PostSat Sep 22, 18 7:22 am     Reply with quote

Brian H wrote:
How's Sherman island towards the end of September for foiling wind ?


If you subscribe to IKITESURF.com you can access stats like these (actual screenshot from windalert.com website but same account provides access to both).


   sherman.png 

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Brian H

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PostSun Sep 23, 18 2:37 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks bigjohn

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