So who hasn’t heard of the Spit before?!
It’s a man-made breakwater/ sandbar built at the mouth of the Squamish River on the west-side of the Squamish deep-sea terminal and it’s smack-dab in the middle of a wind-funnel that turns on with thermic winds when the sun comes out.
Google maps location: Squamish Spit
AND these winds are generally STRONG and CONSISTENT while the sun shines (18-24 its). The season here lasts from May through September where July and August are most consistent. The water can be cold with thawed freshet ice-water flowing out of the river mouth and the spring and fall ocean surface temperatures aren’t too warm either.
Riding conditions: The spit will protect inside the breakwater providing calmer to calm water conditions from wind directions ranging from southwest to south. Waves out in Howe Sound can get big (2 -3 ft.) -generally not too choppy. The Squamish River flow produces a fun conveyor to surf on and it will get you out in lighter winds.
The Spit is operated by the Squamish Wind Sports Society, which provides kiters with an abundance of services. Check out their website: Squamish Windsports Society
Some services there provide:
- staff on watch & retrieval service
- site familiarization
- on-site wind & weather conditions
- carpeted launch with weight bags
- free air from air-compressor
- Floating jump ramp
- the list goes on… check out their website…
The site has a $20/ day user fee or an annual membership fee ($165 in 2018).
For the best current weather information go to their website: Wind | Squamish Windsports Society
The site is beginner friendly (they have a retrieval service!), however you may find both the location and number of people intimidating. The society recommends beginners take lessons. Most of the lessons entail being taken way-up wind in a zodiac away form the crowded spit. The instructors boat-launch you and let you practice downwinders for hours free of people and any dangers.
There are a number of kite-schools at the Spit itself, in town-Squamsih or out of Vancouver. You can also rent gear in Vancouver, Squamish or off a bus parked at the Spit.
The Spit is a bit out of town on a bumpy gravel road and there is free parking on site. However, there are kiting schools that you can walk to from town another kiting spot right in town - Nexen Beach.
For more FAQs - go to their website!