Spring and fall are best
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NYC has it all. Even great kitesurfing spots
When most people think of kiteboarding, locations like Hawaii, Cabarete, Florida, and Spain come to mind. But, there are some great spots for kitesurfing in Brooklyn and further up Long Island. It figures that the city that has everything you could ever want also has three choice spots to scratch that kiteboarding itch. Seagate Kite Beach, Breezy Point, and Plumb Beach are just a train ride away and are great spots to kiteboard until you set off for more exotic locales.
Long Island and the South Fork have amazing kiteboarding spots
If you want to travel beyond the boroughs, Tobay Beach and Gilgo Beach, on Jones Beach Island are two excellent spots that should be on your radar. Gilgo sees much larger waves and is a great place to up your game once you get some experience. Tobay has great flatwater riding over a series of canals as it opens up. Further up the island is Shinnecock Bay which isn’t ever too crowded and offers knee-deep water about a mile from the shore! Then there’s Napeague Bay, between Easthampton and Montauk. Here you’ll find waist-deep water and plenty of wind — perfect for learning how to kiteboard.
Most popular packages and classes in New York and Long Island
If you’re getting into kiteboarding for the first time, this is the class for you. This combines three classes into one, completed over several days. You’ll cover everything from learning about wind, weather, and kites to taking off in the water and focusing on directional body drags and self-rescue to riding off into the sunset all by yourself. For the most part!
Water Course Level 3
This private course is for those kiteboarders out there who feel comfortable catching some wind and boarding some waves. In this lesson, you’ll learn about safety and self-rescue, launching and landing, jumps, toe side and how to be completely independent. It’ll get you ready to tackle bigger and badder locales.
Who should go kiteboarding in NYC?
Who shouldn’t? That’s the question. With easy access via train or Uber, it’s too fun of an opportunity to pass up.
Need to know
When is the best time to go?
Spring, early summer and fall are ideal times for favorable winds. But, as it’s the mid-Atlantic, the water gets cold!
What about bad weather?
Inclement weather can always get in the way of kiteboarding, but your instructor will make the call on whether or not to go out. Regarding waiting for the wind, everyone has to do it once in awhile! Seriously, though, wind predictions are just about always spot on.
What's a typical itinerary?
It depends on the duration of the class and where you are on your own personal learning curve. Always, though, there’ll be a thorough checking of all equipment, and if you’ve made it off the land in your learning, catching some air!
What about group sizes?
Group sizes are usually between 1 – 4 people.
Take the train! You don’t even have to bring your gear with you, except, maybe, if you own your own wetsuit.