Due to the unusually large crowds that gather at the beach for this
coming holiday, the SCKA is asking everyone please, do not Kite at
Belmont on July 4th
Bolsa Chica is now Black Balled, on WEEKENDS ONLY, effective June
13 - September 15, from the Main Lifeguard Headquarters north to
Lifeguard Tower 28 (lines up with Jack and the Box) from 12 PM - 5
PM. No body boarding, kiting, surfing or windsurfing during this
time. You will be chased away by the lifeguards.
The Seal Beach launching restrictions are in force effective June 15-
Sept. 15. You must launch and land between the two signs at all
times. For more info on all the other restrictions please go to the
website at http://www.scka.org/Local%20pages/sealbeach.htm
While riding there PLEASE be courteous to the windsurfers and look
before you jump.
It's now official. For various reasons, including maintaining your
own safety & your own access privileges here, there will be no
kiteboarding, power kite flying, or body-dragging allowed by the
lifeguards at Cabrillo Beach on SUMMER WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS from
July 4th through Labor Day. This is subject to change without
notice, & will most likely start on Memorial Day next year.
San Quintin 4th of July Baja Road Trip:
Who: SCKA www.scka.org and friends (Margarita and Jose Quervo to
name a few) windsurfers are welcome as there is plenty of room, with
three bays, and a wide open beach.
What: Road Trip to San Quintin, Baja Party Friday Night with
Bonfire, Fireworks new Videos Screening and the days sessions, a
Contest, Demos and an expression session, with awards
Clinic: There will be a basic clinic with Q&A, a Women's clinic, and
there will be instructors available for lessons.
When: Friday 4th July Sunday July 6th
Where: San Quintin, Baja Mexico, 4 hours south of the Border See
link for more details
Why: This time of year San Quintin, gets some awesome wind, stead 18-
20 knots. Kite size around 8-10 flat depending of weight of rider.
Winds blow from side-shore to slightly side-on shore. There is a
large bay with flat water and only waist deep, as well as open Ocean
with a nice wave break. There will be a rescue boat available at no
I will try to coordinate caravans so please let me know if you
attend to go, approximately. when, time/date depart/return if you
have room for additional passengers etc. and a phone number and
email address so I can put groups together.
Please contact Johne Chandler for more details at 858-775-8949 or
Here is a detailed description from Luke of his kite stolen from
Seal Beach. Also another member reported his wet wetsuit being
stolen from the back of his car while de-rigging. He did recover it
from the perpetrators, however we all need to be aware of our
surroundings, and don't leave anything unattended, if even for a
moment, during the summer crowds:
It's a North Rhino 1, 12 square meters. The kite is dark charcoal
grey with green bladders and tips. The trailing edge is black.
Attached is a picture of it during it's recent trip to Cabarete! I
bought it new in January of 2002. It was stolen without the bag and
If you see a kite that fits this description, you can verify for
sure by checking one of the latex bladders. I know I did a recent
repair to the smallest right-most bladder (right hand side when
looking at the kite from underneath with the main bladder on top).
If you just open the velcro access hole on this bladder, you will
find a minor repair to the end of the latex bladder inside. I don't
remember whether the bladder had delaminated and I just squirted a
bunch of glue to seal it, or whether it was done with a patch, but
you will see a repair to the end.
I'd suggest if the thief comes in trying to sell the kite, say
something like "these kites tend to fail in this bladder area - let
me have a look at its condition".
Likewise, if someone comes in looking for a bar for their "newly
purchased" kite, maybe ask what kind of kite the bar will be used
with (say you need to know this to choose the proper line setup or
something like that). Maybe even offer to check the rigging of the
bar to the kite.
I'll gladly give a $100 reward for anyone that finds the kite. I can
be contacted at (714) 721-3334 (mobile)
Belmont Wind Sensor
As you may know, iKitesurf is working toward installing a new wind
sensor at Belmont Shore but first they need 12 new members
Belmont Shore is now on their map as a "HELP US" Site:
By using the www.iKitesurf.com/SCKA link, any person to sign up for
new membership will also get $20 OFF their membership. (FX-Internet
membership, Wireless Web membership, and Wind Pager are all
options), AND using the www.iKitesurf.com/SCKA link will also add
the new Member to the list of people who's names will be counted
toward the 12 *new* members needed to install the sensor at Belmont
Fly Safe and Have a Great 4th!