INFORMATION ON KITEBOARDING COCOA BEACH
Here are some brief overviews of some the main riding spots in Cocoa Beach. More info is provided on their specific pages.
CHERIE DOWN PARK
520 BOAT RAMP AKA 520 SLICK
This is the Banana River on the South side of the 520 causeway. The park is actually called Bicentennial Park. It is right near the "Cocoa Beach" welcome sign. It is across the road from the hospital. People normally set up and walk through an opening just west of the public boat ramp parking. A water launch is the safest thing to do here. The setup area is right near the causeway and mangroves. A North wind here is straight off-shore which creates an amazing glassy slick. You get Hatteras like conditions here. The water is shallow as far as you can see except for the boat channel which is marked. The bottom is mucky and some people prefer to wear booties. There are some random sharp objects on the bottom. There are tons of dolphins and manatees around here.
Located in Cape Canaveral on the NE end of the Banana River. There are a couple open fields ideal for flying trainer kites and riding land boards in west winds. The water access is obstructed by a large boardwalk. Launching here is very tricky due to the trees and boardwalk close to the waters edge. There is a deep channel near the launch extending about 50 feet out and then it is really shallow beyond that. Once you are up and riding, edge out west to find a sweet slick caused by a shallow sandbar. This is one of the most amazing spots to watch the sunset.
This spot is good on summer days when the Seabreeze kicks in. It can blow about 5 mph more here than on the beach! The windsurfers here are NOT always friendly to kiteboarders. This spot is NOT recommended for kiteboarding. If you do decide you have to kite here, go later in the afternoon when the windsurfing shop is closed and be respectful!!! The beach area is very small and not the best spot to launch. There is a field behind the parking lot which offers an open area to setup and launch. It can be gusty and you must walk with your kite through the parking lot and trees to get to the water. Again, this spot is NOT recommended. You can launch a boat here and go out to the flats just South to launch.
PRECAUTIONS: Advanced or PRO level riding ONLY without boat assistance. This spot has a very technical launch. It usually good when there is an Onshore wind which means you will be pulled into the buildings and trees if something goes wrong! Watch out for windsurfers and other spectators.