Since moving to Toronto last August, I haven't gone kiteboarding - I don't know the kite spots here and I'm not confident on my own. Hoping to take a kiteboard vacation in the next couple of months (July or August) and wanted to get your advice. Where would you recommend I go?
My considerations are:
Safety (need a place with a good community of kiteboarders in case I get in trouble kiting)
Accessibility (would be nice to go somewhere you can get to by mass transit)
I'm a low intermediate kiteboarder - can ride upwind both ways and be independent in moderate winds, but I've needed rescues before. (The place I used to kite at, Squamish, has a "rescue" service where they'll pick you up in a jetski as part of your dues. Once my kite went into a death spiral; another time I went out underpowered and needed a rescue from bozo beach). Maybe somewhere safe like Squamish would be the best place... but any other thoughts on comparably safe destinations? Cape Hatteras? Anywhere else on the east coast?
Hatteras is orders of magnitude safer and easier than Squamish. And orders of magnitude better than anywhere on the East coast. The Only other place comparable is South Texas SPI/Corpus. Early July is usually great the later into the summer starts to decline. Shallow sandy water Lots of room Side on winds Lots of wind Warm water and air.
Do not need a rescue, just walk or hitch hike back. Summer is SW (side on) winds, you will never be over waist deep water. No mass transit. If you are from Canada, I doubt you want to consider South Texas in the summer. It will beat you down. Great in November - March when it is too cold here.