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How's Spring Winds in the Florida Panhandle this Year???

Postby 20 m or bust » Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:41 am

Heading down the end of next week to Destin. The wind looks to be really light the last couple weeks. Have ya'll been getting out at all? Lookin' for a big pick up in the wind speeds while we are there. Our spring here in Dallas has been very windy so hopefully we bring it with us...

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Re: How's Spring Winds in the Florida Panhandle this Year???

Postby OceanAdventures » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:19 pm

Last week we had a few good days of south wind at aroun 15-17mph. The wind is being a little weird this year, but in the morning you can ussually get a ridable wind from some north direction, and when the sun starts to warm things up the wind will switch to some south direction. Some days the afternoon wind are better than others. I would bring an average kite (11m, 12m) and if you really want to make sure you get to ride a lightwind kite. Give XLKites in Fort Walton Beach a call if you need any more info on the area when you come down. I'm ussually on Okalossa Island giving lessons in the afternoon so if you see the big XLKites truck out there stop by and say hi.

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Re: How's Spring Winds in the Florida Panhandle this Year???

Postby flatwater rob » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:02 am

Yeah. The Destin wind over April 7, 8, 9 was due to the low pressure storm front that blew rain across the I65 Corridor. If it hadn't been for the front we wouldn't have had the 12-18 mph winds. My advice would be to hope for 15mph, but bring something else to do on the 5-10mph days.

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Re: How's Spring Winds in the Florida Panhandle this Year???

Postby FSUkiteboarding » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:28 am

after a pretty terrible season in the eastern panhandle it's finally started to pick up.

if it's forecast E you can ride Bald Point/St George Island in the early morning before it dies down

a strong W/SW can is ridable whenever it's blowing at Alligator Point.

and we are finally getting into the seabreeze seasion with southerlies picking up after midday if it is got enough. April/May is traditionally the best months.

if it's a strong N/NW in a cold front you're better off heading to one of the spots mentioned above to the east of the panhandle. ... andle.html

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Re: How's Spring Winds in the Florida Panhandle this Year???

Postby m_glover » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:54 am

Yes, please do bring some wind with you :D

True, April and May are usually the months we can count on for awesome sessions. Last year rocked. Let's hope this year follows suit. It's been light the last couple of days, but we expect it to pick back up. I would bring a light wind setup just in case. Keep a close eye on the weather while you are here. You know what they say about Florida, "If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes."

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Here's hoping for some windy days ahead!

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