Santa Rosa Island / Fort Walton Beach

Continent
North America
Country
Florida (USA)
Next Big City
Pensacola
Next Town
Fort Walton Beach
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Shop

Water

Type:
Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
No information
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
No information

Crystal clear gulf water. Inside and outside sandbars, but primarily deep other than that. Surf ranges from butter glass to overhead, depending on swell and wind. Primarily waist high and below.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Big
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
No information

Beautiful, wide, uncrowded beach. On easterly winds, launch from the beach behind the El Matador condominiums at the far west end of Okaloosa Island. On westerly winds launch from Navarre Pier Beach.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, November, December
Wind Type:
Frontal
Best Direction:
No information
Main Direction:
No information

Frontal winds primarily. Watch out for squall lines which can bring rapidly escalating winds.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Highway 98 to Ft Walton Beach. Take Brooks bridge over to Okaloosa Island. Take a right at the light and drive 2 miles to the end of residential Okaloosa Island. There is a public parking lot and beach access just to the east of El Matador condominiums. Launch there.

Extra information

Rules
Zones

Great launch for a downwinder to Navarre Pier Beach on easterly winds. This is a 14 mile downwinder with no bail points. Not recommended solo. Drop off pickup vehicle mandatory. "Irresponsible down winder" (just kite down and hitch back) is at your own risk. This whole downwinder is along the Barrier Island shore of a military reservation base (Eglin Air Force Base). Technically, you are not supposed to come aground, though if you come in to rest well away from any of the radar sites etc, you should have no problems. If you have gear issues etc, you could end up walking up to 7 miles to get off of the reservation. Check your gear well before this ride. Ride with a buddy. Recommended for sideshore or sideonshore conditions. You will see beautiful natural Florida coast and water. You may see freaky black ops missile testing etc.

Nightlife

No information