First Encounter is a beautiful beach on the bay with shallow water and plenty of space make for a great learning area. Kiteboarders are lucky to have their own designated kite launch area, which is farther away from the main beach. A huge area of this beach is technically the swim zone, which we are not allowed to kite in. So make note of where the buoys are and do not kite around bathers or even people walking out towards the waters at low tides.
No kiting in the river during the Summer.
There is a small kiteboarding launch area south of the main beach. Drive to the end of the road and park there. There is a sign with a map.
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR KITE BOARDING/WINDSURFING No kites/equipment are allowed to be unattended on the beach or in the water. Kite boarders/windsurfers must set-up and launch from the designated area (Identified by signage on beach). Kite boarders/windsurfers in the water must stay 200 feet beyond the inner buoy at all times when not launching or returning to launch area. No KiteBoarding/Windsurfing on Bees River from June 15 to Labor Day. No Kite Boarders/Windsurfers are allowed near people or within restricted areas. All Kite boarders/windsurfers must identify themselves at the Gate House. They will subsequently be directed to the appropriate area and given written regulations. No rigging is allowed nor shall occur within the dunes at any beach, or in the parking area. Kite boarders/windsurfers must yield to beach-goers and swimmers.
Watch out for oyster beds to the south in mid-tides.
$15/day in season
High tide conditions
Choppy, not much beach to launch from
Low tide conditions
at dead-low tide you have to walk over a half mile to get to the water. Mid-tide is best.
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