Sunset Beach Park
Wind Direction: N, NW, W
Hazards: Beachgoers, small launch on high tide, rocks to the west, deep channel 50 yards west
Sunset Beach Park is a public park that offers excellent flat water kiteboarding for the Tarpon Springs area. The water is shallow making it a beginner friendly place for new kiteboarders. If you are new, stay to the east of the launch because to the west is a channel and no place to get back to shore. On a north or northwest wind its fun to kite up to the south end of Fred Howard Park. You’ll be able to enjoy butter flat water with the offshore wind from the causeway. Another fun adventure is kiteboarding out to Three Rooker Island, but be sure there will be a strong enough breeze to get you back home.
***The picture above was created by Steve Visnage to promote safety and maintain kite access.
Sunset Beach Park is a state park so it is super important to abide by the rules. Kiteboarding here is a privilege that we want to protect. If you’re very new to kiteboarding or don’t feel comfortable riding then please take more lessons. Here’s a list of the kiteboarding rules at Sunset Beach Park:
- Kiters must yield right of way to all beachgoers and water users
- Always launch kites towards the water when wind permits
- Do not launch kites near obstacles or pedestrians within your wind window
- All kiters must use proper leashes
- Kiters on land and leaving the beach have right of way
- Starboard tack or right hand forward has right of way
- Stay away from the swim zone
Here are some more basic Right Of Way rules that apply to kiteboarding anywhere
Sunset Beach Park is located in Tarpon Springs by Tarpon Springs High School. From US 19 head west on E Klosterman Rd. Turn right on Carlton Rd, then left on Curlew Pl. Take a right on S Florida Ave until you reach Gulf Rd. Take a left on Gulf Rd which will lead you straight to the park.