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I think it would be great if we built a list of riding locations in the Kingston area based on wind direction. Please respond with locations and wind directions and I will see if I can put it all together into a map with the information.

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Hey Jeff,

Great idea. I've made a start on the website - it's modest, but it includes the PUC dock and the Base Kingston hill on the other side of Fort Henry. Feel free to add. We'll be adding in locations as we assess their viability. More to come soon!

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I agree, great idea jeff,

PUC, Kingstons main launch!

Good from east through west on the south side of the compass. Not great in a straight south unless you can stay upwind with your eyes closed and there is enough wind to get you out a bit. Usual wind direction, SW but it really comes to life in a true west once the swell get bigger and clean up a bit. A full day of Stong SW-W and downtown really starts to shine. Best catagorized as "bump and jump" with a nice little carvatorium on the inside at the pipe.

Though this is a very accessible launch it is an intermediate level spot at the least. there is a slight current, and limited landing spots downwind. Jump off the dock to launch, but make sure you make it in before the last little beach upwind of the hospital! If you miss that your best bet is to ride it out and come in WAAAAY downwind at the base of Fort Henry. Not a bad planned downwinder for those on the early stages of the learning curve. Bring a quarter and call a cab from the pay phone at the entrance to the fort to get back to the PUC docks.


Big Sandy,

Its a journey no matter how you cut it, but if its a sure thing wind wise you are in for on of the best kiting experiences this area has to offer. 1/2 hour by boat or a ferry ride plus 10 min by car plus a 2.5k hike in to the launch. Its only 1.5k from the parking lot to the beach, but if your going to make the effort, its worth trudging a klick downt the beach to your left to the wide sandy launch area. There is a fee to get into the park if your walking in, and remember to take water and snack and BRING OUT YOUR GARBAGE.

This spot is great for south through west to even a little north west. Typical for when its firing is W, SW like everywhere else on lake ontario!

Picton,

Awesome spot for riding, but only really open to kites in the shoulder seasons of Spring before May 24 and after labour day when the park is no longer charging admission. Kites are suposed to launch at the far left/south end of outlet or far right/north end of sandbanks beach. Dont fly in or around bathers. Really this place is best in the fall when the real wind blows and the only other beach users are poleboarders. They ofter freak a little if you get to close so give em a wide birth. They tend to all clump into one cross wind line so I just play elsewhere. There is plenty of space. They were there first so remember to smile and make nice, but dont take any undue abuse.

This place rocks is SW through to NW. West is straight onshore. The waves at Picton can get truly epic with nice wide clean lanes and surfable waves. The swell on the outside left end of outlet can be house size and sooooo much fun to play on. The river mouth can be nice and flat on the inside of the break, but carefull going big as its ankle deep and your close to shore. Careful in a north west not to get caught downwind past the corner as the beach turns to a rock wall and there is no landing space. The waves pound in there and it can be really tough to work your way upwind out of trouble.

Please dont break the rules during tourist season and my advice is to ride the place sparingly until its our time there (fall). Always stay away from bathers and launch where you are supposed to.


Thats it for this installment

Later,

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Brent,

That is an awsome breakdown of locations and advise. The detail and knowledge of each area is exactly what is needed. The guys should have a picture/map of each of those locations (google map would be great) with your notes on each. Though your discriptions do a lot to help someone visualize the area, a picture would really help to pull it all together.

Again, great post. Please make sure you review any new area as it presents itself.

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Hey Brent, thanks for those infos. About big sandy, I see with the satellite image of Google maps, there seems to be a huge presqu'ille devoid of any trees, is that so? If it is, I would think there would be great flat water just south of it on a northerly wind. Can you confirm this? Thanks!
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Hey Robert,

Never actually ridden it in a north. The journey is involved enough that we tend to go only on a sure thing (killer sw-nw) The north point of that bay is relatively flat at the tip, but gets pretty well Treed not far along. Not sure the slick thing is really there. We tend to get real rolling swell coming into the bay and it's pretty shalllow just off that point. I think there would be a beautiful wrapping break on that point in a NW just like the north side of the bay of Outlet beach at Sandbanks. I have never seen it in much of a NW though. Access is the only other issue. Would be a Loooong trek to get to that point, walking, riding or by boat. Launching could be an issue too.

Most of our good northwests come in fall and I'm usually happy to wimp out and make the drive to Sanbanks.

Slicks are hard to come by round here. There is one secret spot, but it private access and I risk mine just mentioning it!

looks like wind for the next couple days!

Cheers,

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As Brent said bigsandy is good in south and around to nw. The north riding is not good as it is too offhore and treed upwind. Also that point is private land ;( as is most of Wolfe.

I was wondering if that lake up north vardy lake would be good in north. We rode it in the winter and it is really shallow and probably weed city but not a problem for us kiters.

One of you ktowners should check it out. Could be a nice flat water spot.

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I asked around about that lake Stan, I'm told it could be good for wind in a north. But the weeds are absolutely killer, and you're right it's shallow. But apparently there is about eight feet of sludgy, weed rott, crap on the bottom. It just doesn't sound like that fun a time. Btw Stan, I strength tested one of your boards the other day. Impressive as hell, it still needs repair but man it shoulda broken in half after what I did to it. Just a bit of dingage on the bottom of the board. Should be able to just epoxy it up.

Thanks for the kick a$$ board,

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Ken
What did you do try using the pipe as a slider?

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Bring it over and I will fixer up.

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Nope, wasn't the pipe. Kinda tried using our boat as a big brake. I'll tell ya the story some time :-) I was going to try fixing her up myself, but I may just take you up on your offer. You'll do a much nicer job than I will. I'll try to get it to you soon, just bill me accordingly.

Thanks Stan,

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