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Our mission is to preserve access to the Charleston SC area beaches by encouraging and promoting safe and respectful kitesurfing and kiteboarding.   
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Sullivans Island:  WaterCraft Ordinance

  • Launch: Station 28 - 30  year round

  • Launch: Stations 12 and 19  (off season, only between Sept and April)

  • Restriction:  Do not ride in the tide pool at Station 28.5

  • You may ride up or downwind anywhere on the island but you must stay at LEAST 100 yards from the edge of the water and 3 kite lengths (at least) from any swimmers.

Isle Of Palms

  • Between stations 1 and 4 (between Memorial Day to Labor Day)

  • Restriction:  Do not launch at the county park or anywhere near the pier

  • You may ride up or downwind anywhere on the island but you must stay at LEAST 100 yards from the edge of the water and 2 kite lengths (at least) from any swimmers.

NOTE:  Check the Air Companies interactive map page for more details on local launches: Ride Guide

Other Rules:

  • Stay at least 100+ feet from swimmers or persons near edge of water !!!
    (about 2+ kite line lengths)

  • Ride at least 300 feet offshore June - September.  Only come in to launch/land

  • Don't set up in front of beach access points (emergency vehicles and pedestrians need clear access)

  • No Jumping on or near beach.

  • Everyone has right of way over kites. 
    Walkers, swimmers, sitters, standers, boats, stupid people 2000 yards off shore in a tube, etc.

Suggested Practices:

Remember PERCEPTION is everything.  It doesn't matter who is 'right', it matters what people think and what they report to the town.


  • ‘Halve’ your lines on beach, (place bar on kite) for a quick break, roll you lines up completely for a long break.

  • Do not teach, practice or learn on a crowded beach.

  • Do not self-launch or self-land on a crowded beach.

  • Find someone to land your kite, help others.

  • If beach is super crowded with families go elsewhere.

  • Be Polite, Be Friendly, move over for walkers.

Beginners

  • Do not attempt to kite without lessons.


  • Need help? Just ask.

  • Body drag away from shore before board start.

  • Seek professional instruction.

  • You can’t learn on a crowded beach, it’s not safe.

Recent Announcements

  • Kiteboarders save distressed swimmers https://www.postandcourier.com/news/kiteboarders-saving-distressed-swimmers-while-warning-of-sandbar-dangers-on/article_3d24be1c-5b61-11e7-a311-9bce50e51627.html
    Posted Aug 9, 2019, 9:07 AM by Thomas DeMille
  • So.. it's been 5 years between posts... Wow...  I can't believe that I started kiteboarding ~20 years ago.   My first kite was a 1998 Wipika.  That was a great kite (NOT).   If you flew it over ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2019, 10:55 AM by Thomas DeMille
  • Local riding spots with wind roses superimposed Ever wondering if 56 NE is good for riding on IOP.  Or if NW winds work in the harbor?  I dropped compass roses on top of local beaches using a ...
    Posted May 1, 2015, 8:32 AM by Thomas DeMille
  • Welcome to 2015 So... life gets in the way and then one day you look up and notice you have not updated a website in 4 years!Here is my annual (except for ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2015, 6:39 AM by Thomas DeMille
  • Flyers have arrived Bright yellow tyvec, put one on your harness!    Help keep kiteboarding alive on Sullivans and IOP!If you want a stack so you can 'tag' people on the beach let ...
    Posted May 21, 2010, 4:19 PM by Thomas DeMille
  • Flyers ordered and on the way I'll be handing them out to stores and interested kiting individuals, please take the time to take a stack and hand them out to persons on the beach who ...
    Posted May 12, 2010, 7:26 AM by Thomas DeMille
  • New flyers posted posted the new tyvek flyers, please comment and critique by may 8th
    Posted May 6, 2010, 7:15 AM by Thomas DeMille
  • 2010 Spring meeting with Sullivan's Island and new Discussion Forum We now have a discussion forum for local access and rules discussions:  You can access it here:  DISCUSSIONDetails about the 2010 meeting our on the first thread in the ...
    Posted May 6, 2010, 6:24 AM by Thomas DeMille
  • Don't be 'The one' Don't be the one thatgets kiting banned! Stay away from people, be extra polite to everyone, wait a few minutes for that slow swimming person to clear the ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2010, 2:56 PM by Thomas DeMille
  • Spring around the corner, working on safety flyers With spring and summer around the corner we are intensifying our efforts to print up a safety flyer and put them into distribution points with key kiters and shops, and ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2010, 2:41 PM by Thomas DeMille
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