Santa Rosa Island / Leeside Bay Side

Continent
North America
Country
Florida (USA)
Next Big City
Fort Walton Beach
Next Town
Destin
 
Type:
Lagoon
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rooms, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
Ships
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
No information

The bay side with 100m wide sand bar of waist deep water is also suitable for offshore winds, with caution, sand bar drops off to boating channel, although across the channel are shallows to help recovery, relaunching etc. The channel is more than a "boating channel" it is a commercial shipping channel with substantial amounts of barge traffic. Even the very best local riders stay away from it.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Small
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

Leeside National Park. Between Brooks Bridge, and Destin Bridge, on the barrier Island. Narrow sandy beach for several miles and away from most of the beach crowd.

Wind

Best Months:
No information
Wind Type:
Frontal
Best Direction:
SW
Main Direction:
N, SW

NW Florida is usually dominated by stagnant high pressure, resulting in light winds 4-9 kts most of the time. The best most stable winds are from SW and 15 kt good days. Spring and fall bring a few weeks of Northerly winds, with good weather and very ridable 25kts on occasion. The thunderheads sometimes bring some wind, but don't be tempted, better to wait for clear skys.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

From Okaloosa Airport, South to HWY 98, then East towards Destin, just past Brooks Bridge. If you get to Destin bridge, that's too far, turn around and try again. If it's any good that day, you'll see kites and will be easy to find. Easiest parking is at "Gulf Islands National Seashore" just east of the last hotel and gas stations.

Extra information

Rules
None

Pretty much the honor system. Be safe. The Leeside park on the bay side closes at sunset. They are pretty cool about you parking outside the park and you walking in and kiting for early morning and night sessions.

Nightlife

No information