Wind direction refers to anything with an East i.e. NE, E or SE. Free is Freeride/Freestyle and Wings. Foiling means deep water available. These aren’t hard and fast rules but these are the prefered wind directions for these locations. Please refer to the links (click on location) for additional information.
The Gulf of Mexico is best on a west wind with multiple locations for put in but be aware of restricted areas for swimmers at all the beaches.
Remember to contact North Beach Windsurfing for all your Windsurfing needs when in the area or if you have any questions.
More details and locations coming soon!
- East Wind
- Scenic Skyway Overlook NE/E/SE – Free/Foiling
- Tierra Verde (Temporarily closed due to Bridge construction)
- South Wind
- 75¢ (Shell Key Preserve) S/SW – Free/Foiling in channel
- Palma Sola S/SE/SW – Free/Foiling
South West FL and Tampa Bay – What to watch out for!
* Weed fin highly recommended
If you plan to take advantage of this wonderful resource you might want to purchase a weed fin. The Bay and surrounding waters support natural sea grass beds and as the water can be pretty shallow a weed fin is often required. Weed Fins
Sea Grass – Tampa Bay and the surrounding waters are shallow, sandy and a wonderful place for Sea Grass growth but these grasses support an abundance of critters from small Sharks (mostly Bonnet Heads), Rays, Crabs, Sea Urchins, Conchs, Scallops, Oysters … you get the point. Sharp spins, claws, shells etc. In addition Humans liter our beaches with sharp objects so I recommend water shoes!
In the Winter months (December – March) the water temperatures average around 65F/18C. You will probably want a wet suit. A 3/2 is a good choice for most folks. Contact North Beach Windsurfing for all your Windsurfing needs when in the area.