The recent proliferation of kite surfers at Tourmaline Surfing Park has annoyed traditional surfers wondering whether the wind-driven surfers are legal at the surf-only beach.

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Lots of kite surfers nowadays at Tourmaline Surfing Park in Pacific Beach. Is there a law against it?


ibmike Sept. 1, 2012 @ 11:09 p.m.

I've been surfing for the last 30 years or so and just started kiting 4 years ago. So, I can relate to both sides. First off, surfers are territorial. Why? Because there are only so many waves to go around. Over the last 30 years, I've seen the surfing population in San Diego explode. Now we're just desperados that are willing to sit in the lineup for 2 hours to score a dozen 5-10 second rides. Since everyone in the lineup is pretty much after the same thing, the last thing you want is more guys out. LOCALISM has been around since as long as I can remember and it's only gotten worse. So bad, that even the most beginner break in the San Diego,"Tourmaline," has now been infected.

I just kite with my surfboard mostly nowadays. You can make junky surf really fun with a kite. Like someone mentioned, it's like tow-in surfing. I can catch 30-40 waves in a good session and link together sections with the power of my kite that would otherwise be close outs with my surfboards. Airs are a blast with a kite too. But the best part is, it's just usually me with my good friends, just like surfing was in the early 80's:) Lastly, get your facts right Russell. Do an hour of research before you write about something you know nothing about. No one kites in offshore wind.


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