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Kiteboarding & Windsurfing in Seattle

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Kiteboarding & Windsurfing
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Surrounded by water, Seattle is a great place for kiteboarding and windsurfing with winds between 13 and 22 knots. During the windy season from April through September, one may see up to 30 kites during one weekend over Puget Sound. Golden Gardens, Carkeek Park, Richmond Beach, and other famous beaches offer good opportunities.

Golden Gardens is the most scenic kiting spot in Seattle. Located in a public park in Ballard, Golden Gardens Beach is the gate to Puget Sound. It has several flat sections ideal for freestyle. You have to ride upwind to avoid ending up in the Shilshole Marina downwind. The best time for Golden Gardens is May through September. Carkeek is a small beach next to Golden Gardens with high winds. In Carkeek Park, the season is a bit shorter—May to August. Richmond Beach offers some of the best kiting on the Puget Sound. It's one of the few spots suitable for winter with a season from October to March.

Jetty Island is one of the most favorite destinations for Seattle kiters located in just 30 min north of the city, in Everett. It is called northwest's best beach for learning and riding a kite. Flat, shallow water, access to the open bay, and vast beach make it ideal for training. Jetty Island also has steady westerly wind during the summer season (April to September). To get to the island, you have to cross a 984-ft (300-m) channel. Use an inflatable boat or a kayak, or a free ferry that runs from July through Labor day.

Double Bluff Beach is located on the southern end of Whidbey Island, which can be reached by ferry. It's good to kitesurf during winter (October–March) on a low tide.

The spring and fall typically are the best seasons for windsurfing in Seattle. Lake Washington, namely Warren G. Magnuson Park, the second largest in the city, is one of the iconic spots to ride the waves. Magnuson Park features an easy launch site with stable northerly winds between October and March.

Other locations on Lake Washington include Waverly Park in Kirkland and Newcastle Beach near Bellevue. The latter is suitable for south winds. It features a sandbar and various amenities. Newcastle Beach is a good place for beginners, with many schools available in the area.

Lowman Beach and Alki Point in West Seattle, as well as Jetty Island in Everett also attract plenty of windsurfer on a windy summer weekend afternoon.

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What is the ideal period for kiteboarding in Seattle?

Seattle's windy season for kiteboarding is between April and September, with wind speeds of 13-22 knots. One of the best sites is Jetty Island, known for its steady westerly winds during this season, surpassing other locations in terms of its use for learning riding a kite. While it has a winter season, Richmond Beach provides excellent kiteboarding spots in Puget Sound, beginning in October and ending in March. Show more

Which beach is known for being a scenic kiting spot in Seattle?

Golden Gardens, located in a pubic park in Ballard, offers the most beautiful kiteboarding location with several flat sections suitable for freestyle stunts. Carkeek Park located next to Golden Gardens is another beach with high winds. Richmond Beach provides fantastic kiteboarding spots in Puget Sound during the winter season, beginning in October and lasting until March. Show more

What is the route taken to access Jetty Island for kiteboarding?

Jetty Island is popular among Seattle kiters with a reputation as the northwest's top beach for learning and kite riding. An inflatable boat or kayak is required, or you can board the free ferry from July through Labor day, to reach this Everett, Washington destination. It lies across from the 984-ft channel. Show more

Which is the best period for windsurfing on Lake Washington?

The ideal time for windsurfing in Seattle, especially on Lake Washington, is spring and fall. One of the significant sites suitable for enjoying optimal wave conditions is Warren G. Magnuson Park. Its easy launch site features stable northerly winds from October through March. Plenty of windsurfers visit Newcastle Beach near Bellevue, Waverly Park in Kirkland, and Jetty Island on a windy summer weekend afternoon. Show more

What kinds of amenities are available for windsurfers at Newcastle Beach?

The stunning Newcastle Beach offers early beginners training in the area with several windsurfing schools available. Besides, it boasts notably breathtaking amenities such as beaches and sandbars, bathrooms, beach volleyball court, and picnic shelters. Newcastle Beach is well-suited for both experts and novices looking for an ideal spot to trains or experience windsurfing thrill on Lake Washington. Show more

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