IKO Kiteboarding Lessons Wasaga Beach Area 6
WASAGA BEACH, Georgian Bay, offers two official “KITEBOARDING ZONES!” One is on the West side at Wasaga Beach Area 6 and the other on the East side at Allenwood Beach.
### IMPORTANT 2022 UPDATE ###
The designated area will be at Beach Area 6 when swim buoys are installed (June). The launch area has been moved a few hundred meters east of the previous area. It is now located at the east end of the parking lot. Our new area should be close to 3 times larger, than the average size of the past years launch zone. Entrance and exit buoys will also increase inline with the setup zone on the beach.
WBPP will be updating their windsports signage. They will also install a type of sports occurrence probability sign at the gatehouse entrance.
Another new positive development will be the introduction of the windsports advocacy program. This is a volunteer venture, where designated local ambassadors will act as a liaison to windsport, and non-windsport participants. They will be identifiable by means of some type of apparel. Their duties are to inform, and answer questions. Enforcement is the responsibility of WBPP staff, windsports advocates do not have authority to enforce any laws or acts.
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At Beach 6, in the water, the kiteboarding zone is demarcated by a couple of buoys. East of the buoys is the SWIMMING ZONE. Kiters must launch and ride UPwind through the buoys BEFORE heading out into the lake. So, if you are a beginner, and have difficulty riding UPwind, then you must enter/exit the water MUCH further North along the beach. Only advanced kiters should be launching and landing next to the swimmer zone (see map).
If your kite comes down around the swimmers be kind, and apologetic, execute your self-rescue right away, get your lines wrapped and your kite out of the water, back up to the kiteboarders area as quickly as possible.
Waves can make water-starts challenging, and the stronger the wind, the bigger the waves. But, if you want to become a proficient kiteboarder sooner or later you’re going to have to enter, water-start and ride in waves.
However, the shore waves at Wasaga Beach 6 are very big and will hit you hard and fast. You must launch, get up on the board and go quickly!
Deeper into the lake, the rolling waves are massive. If you get separated from your board, it is easy to get swept away by the rollers before you can body-drag back to your board.
Downwind from the kite zone the beach gets very tight, lined with shoreside properties, trees, fences.
So, you must be proficient at self-rescue if you want to kite here! Wasaga Beach 6 requires an advanced level to ride.
Because of the advanced level required here. Wasaga Beach 6 is a preferred location for your IKO level 3 Instruction when taking lessons with We Love Kiteboarding.
Challenges aside, Wasaga Beach 6 is an incredible! For waveriders, this may be the best spot near Toronto. And the sunsets are epic.
Paid parking is $15 for the day.
The drive from Toronto to Wasaga Beach Area 6 takes about 2 hours.
Ideal wind directions: NW, N, NE