Orange County Register, Saturday, August 9, 2003 Windsurfing and kite surfing banned at two large beaches
By GARY ROBBINS
The Orange County Register
The state has indefinitely banned the fast-growing sport of kite surfing, along with windsurfing, at two of Orange County's largest beaches out of concern that board operators might collide with swimmers or surfers.
"The boards go inside the surf zone, and it wouldn't be pretty if one hit a swimmer," said lifeguard Lt. Mike Broussard. The bans apply to Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach, effective today.
Broussard said he's enforcing a state law that prohibits people from launching wind boards and kite-surfing apparatus from the beach into the ocean.
Huntington and Bolsa Chica state beaches have long been popular with windsurfers. But kite surfing has taken off only in the last year or so. Broussard expressed special concern about the kites, some of which have flying lines that extend to 100 feet.
"If they crashed down on the beach, mayhem could ensue," said Broussard. The beaches collectively attract about 100,000 visitors on many summer days.
Matt Karl, a marine safety officer at Huntington City Beach, said his department has not formally discussed whether such a ban would be imposed there.