So what is it like to kiteboard St Petersburg, Florida on a January day? The average air temperature for January is 62 degrees. This will fluctuate based on if its before or after a cold front. Before a cold front occurs we’ll experience warm southerly winds. After a cold front is when you get the cold northerly winds.
Here is a video from a couple of days after a cold front. Temperatures started off cool, 58 degrees in the morning, and quickly warmed up to 80 degrees.
For those really cold mornings you will want a 4/3mm wetsuit. The majority of the time a 3/2mm is perfect. If you go on a warm southerly wind day, a 2mm shorty or neoprene top is perfect.
Choosing the right size kite for January depends on your weight and wind speed. On average a 12m or 14m kite for a 160lb to 200lb person is perfect. Winds are typically 14-20 kts.
The video above was at the east side of Skyway Bridge. Another good location is Fort Desoto East Beach. Another common wind direction for January is NW winds. For a NW wind you’ll want to check out the west side of Skyway Bridge.
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