Belmont Shores is the most popular kitesurfing beach in the LA area. It
is a good beach for beginners as it is large and sheltered from the
waves. It is just South of Long Beach.
A kite mounted aerial camera provides a view of Northern Belmont Shores
and Long Beach.
Beginners are at the South end, walking the "walk of shame" until they
learn how to ride upwind.
Belmont kite zone rules and information. (
The most popular kitesurfing beach in the Los
area is Belmont Shores, just east of Long Beach. This beach is large,
sandy and suitable for beginners through advanced. Beginners should
stay downwind, South of the Clairemont launch ramp. On a busy summer
be as many as 80
kiteboarders on the water so it can become quite crowded. The
number drops down to about 15-25 on a windy summer weekday. In June
Long Beach kitesurfing rules
were updated with the life guards now more actively enforcing them.
Don't go out on a crowded summer holiday weekend unless you can
stay outside of the swim area marker buoys.
Belmont usually has
side onshore winds from the southwest and minimal waves due to an
offshore breakwater. Typical kite sizes are 12 meter bow and 14 meter
c-kites. Avoid the turbulent and gusty wind shadow area
just downwind of the
offshore oil island. Parking is free on the street but the parking lots
have meters. The IKiteSurf wind meter is at the Belmont Pier and often
does not accurately reflect the local winds to the South. Good: large
sandy beach with no waves that is suitable for all skill levels. Bad:
can become quite crowded in the summer.
Belmont kitesurfing rule summary:
1. Don't fly a kite within 200 feet (2 kite line lengths) of the bike
2. Stay outside the swim area buoys unless launching or landing.
3. Yield to anyone else in the water as everyone in the water has right
of way over kitesurfers.
4. Follow sailing rules: Leaving shore, starboard tack (right foot
forward) and the downwind kiter have the right of way.
5. Beginner activity should be be South of Clairemont ramp and 200 feet
(2 kite line lengths) away from others.
6. Do not sail within 500 feet of the boat channel
7. Don't kitesurf at any other Los Angeles area beach until you have
intermediate skills, i.e., the ability to go upwind, self rescue, etc.
8. Shuffle your feet when in the water to avoid stingrays.
More info & links:
- Wind measurements and predictions
- Is is safe to go in the water ? More info here
- Beachcam - I haven't found one yet
- SCKA kiting
- More local info is also available from Kitebeaches.com
- Official site
- Long Beach bike trail
- Something else fun to do when the winds are weak.
Copyright 2007 by Dan Slater