St Pete Beach
Wind Direction: NW, W, SW
Hazards: Beachgoers, deep water
St Pete Beach is a fun place to kiteboard in the St Petersburg area if you’re looking to get away from the kiteboard crowd. Most kiters will go to the Skyway on a windy day, so head towards the beach to find your own escape. It’ll be rare to find clean waves in St Pete Beach when the wind is up. If you can time the tide right you will be able to find some clean waves and flatter water.
The most common wind you’ll find at the beach is a NW sea breeze. Every afternoon a sea breeze tries to form because of the heating of the land. Stronger sea breezes are more predominant during the fall and spring seasons. During the summer months there’s an 8mph to 13mph sea breeze that happens almost every afternoon in the gulf. If you have a foilboard setup you can ride the beach almost every afternoon.
Theres two ways to get to St Pete Beach, from Pinellas Bayway (682) or Pasadena Ave S. If you’re traveling from I-275, the quickest way is to take the exit towards Eckerd College, Fort Desoto and St Pete Beach. When you get off the exit you’ll be on 54th Ave S or Pinellas Bayway so head west until you reach the Don Cesar Hotel. Turn right and look out for the Undertow Beach Bar. There’s more open beach in this general area so less beachgoers to avoid.