Locust Info Sharing

General discussions about kiting in the Pacific Northwest - Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, the Puget Sound, and places nearby such as the Gorge, the Coast, and BC

Locust Info Sharing

Postby PistolPete » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:35 pm

PSKITE - Kite Beaches:
http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=105625153977484475328.0000011206947d3332bf5&ll=47.472663,-120.948486&spn=4.21049,8.448486&z=7

Bellingham's Kite Beach

This is one of the best places to learn in the state and one of the best places to ride in the North Sound. Lot's of variety and ever changing terrain as the tide changes, lot's of fun.
Super long reaches, no boat traffic, usually you can stand up anywhere so it's great for trying new stuff and crashing your kite, easy to get it relaunched and lines sorted without swimming in or bailing on your sesh.

High tides on cranking days can have nice wind waves the break super mushy, head upwind to deep water to get into the good stuff

Lower tides can be great with a 2+ mile slick of butter smooth water. When the tide is really low either just ride in the narrow strip of the Nooksack River cutting thru the flats or head upwind to deeper water. Summer can also have bathtub warm water on low tide days. Never the same, usually a good time when there's wind When it's low the walk to the water can be pretty far so check out Squalicum Beach or Post Point

Wind: SE, S, SW

Launch:
below 4' tides you can launch off the tide flats, which is fine sand/silt, messy but rinses right off
Above 6-7', there is a strip of sand that you can self launch off but the strip of big rocks between the tide flats and can catch your lines, having someone to help is good.
When the tide is 8' + the water is almost up to the trees.
There are pilings that you can tie your leash to for Bow self launches or using a 5th line to self launch off the water


Per our friends at http://www.bellinghamkiteboarding.com/wind.php
Locust is kiteable on SE to SW winds, although occasionally W and NW are kiteable. Tides under 2ft will require a walk out to the water, and tides over 7ft can reduce the amount of shallow waters in some areas. This sensor is located 1 mile west of locust beach (at driftwood) and is useful for actual on water readings.


Forecast:
http://home.comcast.net/~wxtofly/loopallbasic.html?param=tenmwind&region=PNW&grid=w2
http://www.nwwind.net/regionfcst.php?fcst=10
http://www.powerzonekitesports.com/home/?page_id=224

Tides:
http://www.dairiki.org/tides/daily.php/bel

Current Conditions:
http://www.weatherlink.com/user/bellinghamkite/index.php?view=summary&headers=1
http://nwwind.net/wind.php

Web Cam:
http://www.bellcold.com/images/latest.jpg
Image

Parking Tips
http://www.westernfrontonline.net/news/article_e26ef50e-dd10-11e3-8af6-0017a43b2370.html
Plans are underway for the expansion of the parking space that is up the road from the trail for Locust Beach, Hewett said. The planning and development of this expansion will start early next year, said Leslie Bryson, design and development manager for the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department.


Some Parking History:
http://pskite.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9968&start=0&hilit=locust+parking
http://pskite.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5595&start=0&hilit=locust+things

http://www.nskite.com
Join The NSKA… 2. Free Parking at Locust and use of the facility…


Others:
https://www.facebook.com/northsoundkiteboardingassociation?sk=wall

https://www.facebook.com/westernkiteboarding
http://m.westernfrontonline.net/features/article_6ccac7f6-9b1b-11e3-b5a3-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm

http://nws.surfrider.org/index.php/projects/whirlwind-beach-community-stewardship-project/
http://www.bellingham.org/insider-blogs/bellinghams-secret-playground-locust-beach/

And when it's not windy...
phpBB [video]



-------------------------------------------------------------
Oct 2015 Edit - Major Upgrade Planned !
-------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article37410912.html

LocustParking.jpg
LocustParking.jpg (110.52 KiB) Viewed 2739 times


LocustParking2.jpg
LocustParking2.jpg (177.94 KiB) Viewed 2739 times


ParkingAtLocust.gif
ParkingAtLocust.gif (316.93 KiB) Viewed 2739 times
User avatar
PistolPete
 
Posts: 324
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:14 pm

Re: Locust Info Sharing

Postby Jruffing » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:10 am

Spammer!!! above...

John

Image
User avatar
Jruffing
Boardshorts are not legit, bro
 
Posts: 1226
Joined: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:40 am


Return to General Kiteboarding Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests