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Kiteboarding the Salton Sea

Postby Brian H » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:42 pm

Does anyone do it ? I know there isn't much living in the lake anymore and it's very acidic but is the water that bad for you .

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Re: Kiteboarding the Salton Sea

Postby scottnorby » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:26 pm

Explored and kited out there in 2004.
Met a resident biologist who studies the water and is an avid windusurfer.
There is pollution in any body of water and that sea does get some runoff from the agriculture.
So it's not perfect.
But the biologist said it's not polluted or dangerous....he windsurfs in it regularly and many people swim in in regularly.
In fact, its the salinity that goes up and down that kills off millions of fish at a time.
This is why the shore beaches are literally made of crushed bone.
Very unique place.
There are some nice setups for waves and good wind.
But it's still virtually unexplored due to fear.

look out for the balled up boulders of crusty barnacles though.....you need booties as the bottom does have a lot of rough barnacles where I was.
But it's also a MASSIVE body of water and there may be better places on the sea---I wasn't able to explore much of it.

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Re: Kiteboarding the Salton Sea

Postby Toby » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:55 pm

Pictures please!

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Re: Kiteboarding the Salton Sea

Postby matth » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:32 am

Must hurt more when you fall with all that salt and buoyancy. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Kiteboarding the Salton Sea

Postby Slappysan » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:02 am

I've seen videos of swarms of flies at the shore that would keep me from investigating.

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Re: Kiteboarding the Salton Sea

Postby knotwindy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:29 am

Not sure about 2004 but I have a friend who lives 1 block from the waters edge and as of 6 months ago he won’t even take his sailboat out on it any longer. Not sure why, didn’t ask.


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