San Diego has a lot to offer for a kitesurfer or windsurfer. With miles of wide beaches, calm bays, year-round warm water and gentle Southern California breezes, San Diego is a haven for surfers of all kinds. Small waves and gentle swells, let advanced riders practice jumps, loops and turns. Windy season in San Diego generally runs from March through October with peak times in the spring and fall. The northwest wind has a strength of 12 to 16 knots. The occasional southerly wind can reach 24 knots. June and July can be rather hectic in San Diego.
There are many kitesurfing schools and rentals in San Diego, making it easy for beginners. They are concentrated in popular kitesurf spots such as Silver Strand State Beach, along San Diego Bay and Mission Bay Park. The latter has 27 mi (43 km) of shoreline, specifically, South Mission Beach, Dog Beach, Sail Bay, Enchanted Cove, and a dedicated Kite Beach at Mission Bay Park. Another popular spot is Pacific Beach. Tourmaline Surfing Park at the north end of North Pacific Beach offers plenty of amenities for kitesurfers and windsurfers. Fiesta Island (Mission Bay Park) and Coronado Shores (San Diego Bay) also fly kites on windy days.
San Diego bays are often covered in sails. The local windsurfing community is huge and includes freestylers and surfers. The bays of Oceanside Harbor, Mission Bay Park and the Port of San Diego offer dozens of rental schools. Tourmaline Surfing Park is a great place to start due to its gentle, slow-moving waves.