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Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing in Kelly Ave, Gulfport, Mississippi USA

Rider Ability:
Beginner-Expert
Water type:
Shallow, Chop, Small Wave (< 1m / 3ft)
Wind Type:
Frontal Winds
Hazards:
Wave Breakers / Groynes, Mole
Best Months:
January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Gulfport is the second biggest city in the state of Mississippi. It was founded by William H. Hardy and Joseph T. Jones, who widened the harbor in Gulfport and opened the channel to the sea. In 1902 the harbor became a working seaport that nowadays brings millions of dollars in the Mississippi state. Due to its long, white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and its Coast Casinos, Gulfport is a great tourism destination.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the ideal place to learn kiteboarding, due to the wide beaches and shallow water. It is ideal for all skill levels and supervision is provided to everyone who has completed the lessons of any level. Kelly Ave is a safe, spacious location, where you can take all the help you need to practice what you have learned. 

The wind may be steep to heavy, but the waves won’t reach the shore larger than 0.91 m (3 ft) – 1.21 m (4 ft). The waters are clean, but there might be small storm debris on bottom in some places. You have to keep in mind that there is a big mole to the west. Gulfport has a humid subtropical climate, strongly moderated by the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are short and generally warm and summers are long, humid and hot.

Spring is the best season, as breeze directs from the southeast. The summer is ideal for large kites (16-20 m/53-66 ft), but after September, when the frontal winds start coming, it’s better to use a small kite of 12 m/40 ft. During winter, the waters are a bit cold, but it’s the best time, if you want to have the beach for yourself. So, if you are a kiteboarding enthusiast, Gulfport is worth a visit!

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