Dear MASSkiting friends.
We wanted to update you on what has been going on behind the scenes:
The current version of or website is built on a platform that is now out of date and no longer supported. A recent server update has rendered most of our site unviewable. We have had some friends look at it, and are still weighing the options. If we cannot just fix what we have, we will have to migrate our site and at the same time upgrade to a newer platform. This will not be cheap. We thank everyone for your ongoing support and we will let you know if there is a way you can help in the very near future. More soon, with LOVE - Mk admin
Duxbury Do's and Don'ts
Have been kiting a few spots on the cape and HN beach and getting to know the area over the past months.
Duxbury is the closest spot to me but I have yet to explore this area. Before I stump up for a non res' permit I'd like to hear and see more of the area.
Are there any Duxbury locals on here that wouldn't mind meeting up over there and showing me the spots, where to park etc.
Be great to hear from you, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
High Pines is the spot
I've kitted Dux a few times. you can park in the lot before you go over powderpoint bridge. walk over the bridge and hang a right down the dirt rd. walk about a mile or two. hopefully someone will pick you up and bring you back.
I have heard the bridge is closed for repairs. When I drove from the North through Marshfield to get to the beach and avoid the bridge, they had closed the gate, which meant that to reach the spot, you needed 4WD. The harbor master does not like to see kiters near the bridge, I think there have been some incidents. Dux is a good kite spot, but they don't make it easy to get to.
I believe you need a beach sticker to drive down to High Pines. I also believe the beach sticker rule is enforced all 12 months of the year. You may get a pass the first time the harbormaster discovers your car without a beach sticker. They do record license plates for checks if they find your car again.
Has anyone got current info on off season enforcement?
Yes, year around enforcement. And as authorities sometimes do, they lump all us kiters as one group, so whenever a kiter is caught poaching, it is a strike against all of us.
Can you get there on Gurnett road from the north when the bridge is closed? I don't think you need 4WD to drive that way (and not really at all unless you want to drive on the beach side, although there is some soft sand right after you go across the bridge onto the dirt road.)
Just sent in my permit application for this year.
One thing to be aware of is that they put a lot of effort into keeping you away from Plovers from about April-July. You'll be fine launching at the Point of Pines area, but if you can't stay upwind and wind up walking ashore north of the point of pines parking lot they will be quite upset with you.
Also, its best not to kite from the paved lot near the bridge. Its pretty gusty, no good place to launch, and there have been accidents (loftings, broken bones.)
the waves are big, rocky launch and basking sharks have been sighted.
yeah but all they do is bask...
What has happened to me on a number of occasions including last week is that the Harbormaster closes Gurnet Road. You can get around the closure by driving on the sand path next to it. I see plenty of Jeeps that do that. I drove this section in my Golf and the last time, I ended up buried in the soft sand. I don't know why he would block traffic in the off season like that, but their logic has often eluded me.
Skyrocket are the killer or regular basking sharks?
yep, pretty fucked up place that has delivered many epic sessions in spite of its idiosyncrasies.
Thanks Kev for creating this topic. It's a great one. True there are a lot of rules at Dux bay but it really is an incredible unique spot for mass. Definitly worth the cost of the permit. I did ride on the outside of the bay yesterday (winds from the NE, not great for inside but awesome for outside). Managable size waves.
Dux update: the dirt roads are in really good shape right now. They are just finnishing up laying down a new layer of dirt.
Also, I rode inside the bay on Monday Mar4, and the water felt almost warm...might have been my imagination, but riders might wanna look to get out early this season.
See you there soon Kev!
Question: Is the bridge still closed? Were you able to access the beach from the North? Did the harborbastard close the gate?
Bridge is still closed. Repairs are underway and cars should be able to cross soon. Fully repaired by the fall according to the article below.
You've paid the 300 clams, now let us see you get some service around here!
Nice!, I wanted to confirm a few things before I pulled the trigger on a sticker.
1. Did the edge do fine on the sand?
2. Have you been able to get any other sessions in? Pretty much, is it worth it with the HM hassles and what not.
It looks like there is a much bigger lot( maybe 20 cars) a little ways past the High Pine lot. I am considering grabbing a pass also, it will save me from that long drive to the cape on those SW days. I can get to Deluxbury in about 45min from Reading, that would be sweet.
I am unfamiliar with any parking for 20 cars. 6-7 a@ High Pines tops. Maybe ur seeing the harbormaster's/maintenance area which is not in play for parking.
This spot is about a 1/4 mile past High pines lot. Looks like a parking lot from above. I will have to check out in person.
You needed to buy the permit (around 300) and that gives you the right to park somewhere across the bridge. To drive to the kiting spot (another couple of miles) you need 4 wheel drive.
I was cheep so I put a bike on my car, put on my wetsuit across the bridge and biked. The disadvantages of biking are:
1. You feel very poor and pathetic (or I did)
2. You can only bring one kite
3. It tends to be windy when you're biking (guess why)
4. It takes about 20 minutes
5. It takes maybe 20 minutes less than walking
6. It's tiring
I strangely liked it, but I think if it's your main kiting spot, it might be worth paying for the permit depending on how much you mind paying for parking.
What a headache...