I had a chance to kite at Royce's site last year (june 2001? I think). He is really nice guy in person despite his nasty tone in his posts here
and he had some pretty cool doggies running around his backyard.
He inspired/taught me to do my first forward rotations by yelling a little advice/encouragement as he went by as he was putting off downwind in his little inflatable boat to rescue one of his students ..thanks.
His beach kind of sets up with a side offshore wind direction on launch. I think for some people they were puttng the kite in the water on its back and then the student/kiter would let it drift over to the side of the window in the water and then launch it just like a normal water relaunch. This would lead to a pretty mellow launch. The other alternative was to have a launcher hold the kite pointed diagonally upward in the center of the powerzone and let it rip...that opens you eyes right up...
On the water it was very cool spot to kite with lots of room, flattish water on the inside and reef outside, and what seemd like consistent wind, at least while I was there. Hoping to get back there sometime.