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Where to kiteboard around San Luis Obispo

Postby Adventure Logs » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:04 am

Interviewing at a new job tomorrow in San Luis Obispo and starting to look for places to rent. Was wondering where's the best kite spots in the area, want to live near that. Also how are the conditions? Only seasonal or can you find a place that has at least ok wind year round? Thanks


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Re: Where to kiteboard around San Luis Obispo

Postby FredBGG » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:02 am

There are three main spots near SLO.

Biggest spot is Pismo Beach. Huge sandy beach with very gradual incline, so you have flat water between the incoming whitewater near the beach and bigger surf further out.

Then there is the strand up at Morro Bay. Winds are rather seasonal there.

Then you have Arroyo Laguna up near Hearst Castle. World Class spot.
Winds can get very strong and this beach is pretty much directly exposed to the nw and new winds.

All three spots have chilly water so you will need at least a 4:3 wetsuit.

At Pismo stay away from the pier and fisherman... they tend to attract sharks.
A lady was killed by a shark swimming near the pier.

Arroyo Laguna is definitely "sharky" .... I've seen them several times.... but there is plenty of better food for them at the seal colonies just to the north of Arroyo Laguna.

You can also make road trips to Jalama. World class spot. Surf can be literally massive.

Dont' kite at Surf beach near Lompoc. It is deadly. Waves and currents can come from nowhere.
A seasoned kiter who used to ride there calls it death beach.

There is also Lake Lopez with a super reliable local thermal, but kiting is not allowed... it's a State Park. But very popular with windsurfing.

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