Rules of the Road
Regardless of region, we have to mention safety. Making sure you have taken lessons is critical learning safety systems, kite control, and getting back on your board, helping you to be proficient at kiteboarding safely. Put your name and number on your board in case you lose it (and call the authorities letting them know you’re ok if you do!). Let others know you are going out and avoid kiting alone. Do not launch at tight launching spots if you are new. Most of all, you can put others in danger of getting hurt when you are kiting. Please stay away from other beachgoers, avoid boats & others in the water, and ask for help to avoid getting into precarious situations.
What to Know
The Wind & Windy Season in Florida
The wind in Florida tends to be strongest in the winter “windy” season running roughly from December through May. Winds can be frontal driven but are generally created by thermals. The wind in Florida generally ranges from the low teens to mid-thirties. This varies by region and weather pattern.
Florida water during the winter can be a bit chilly, but never cold. We recommend a 3.2 mm wetsuit, a long sleeve shorty, or a wetsuit top. It is always colder when the winds blow from the north. You won’t need booties or gloves for warmth.
True swell driven waves only hit the east coast of Florida (especially in Stuart!) in northern regions. As you go further south along the east coast, the Bahamas tend to block big incoming swell on average. The west coast can get some waves from the Gulf, but it tends to be wind driven, short period waves. Further down south, the Florida Keys are too shallow to receive waves beyond wind chop.