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There are three ways to kite Larkspur. If you have a surf board or a kayak you can paddle from the prison side over to the marsh on the west side of the bay. There is a Wipika flag out there and that's where you want to setup. You can also park over on the west side at the Lucky Drive exit of hwy 101 and walk to the same location. There are some empty water jugs out there you can fill with water and use to self launch. It is tricky though and I recommend having a partner. The third way to kite larkspur is from the south side out by the Montessori school. You can park pretty close and setup in the marsh. It is usually side offshore so be careful on your launch. There also tends to be a bit of a wind hole right there so expect the wind to pick up once you make it a couple hundred yards offshore. On the same note don't count on being able to make it all the way back up wind. It is safest to kite Larkspur with a partner that way you can park a car on each side of the bay.
If you should wind up down wind on the prison side you really only have two choices as to how to land. You can have someone waiting to catch your kite on the west beach (that would be preferable) or you can land your kite in the water and wrap up your lines before you get out. Either way you are going to wind up with some cuts on your feet as it is very rocky. I like to take a pair of booties and put a caribeaner on my harness. I use them to launch and land and clip them to my harness while I'm riding. Good luck!
Feel free to contact the local shop right in front of the parking lot in Larkspur (http://www.live2kite.com) for more details.
There is great Stand Up Paddleboarding right from the same spot, for some of the best flat water cruising with beautiful open Bay Views around.
44 Industrial Way
Greenbrae, CA 94904
Last edited by Live2KITE on Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Not really sure why this is posting now, no consistent wind in Larkspur until March. Just to clarify since Ollie's post WAY back in 2004 - it is verbotten to launch from the south shores of Larkspur/Corte Madera (Montessori school, triangle marsh). This is Audobohn protected marsh these days. Anyway, that shoreline (if you can call it that) is either direct up or downwind.
I was checking out the traffic before my morning commute in satellite view and something caught my eye - the telltale signs of kites! I don't know when the sat image was taken... 2014?
So- is that an okay spot to launch from? (its the tiny spit next to a channel into the marsh) I like the idea of having a car over by the prison to end with a downwinder a SSW day. Otherwise how is this area ridden?
As the location is an old old post, can someone who has ridden there do an update? (ignoring the first rule)
Hello, I am sure a local rider would have more info, and the people at live2kite shop.
I have only kited there before it was discovered so to speak.
What ever you do, you do not want to end up on prison grounds, you will not be welcome.
As for a down winder to San quenton village beach, it is wind shadowed and after that is the richmond/san rafael bridge, you do not want to be anywhere near that.
The little spit is it for launching. It is surrounded by protected marsh for the california clapper rail bird.You are being monitored by the Audobon Society and the DFG.
I suggest hooking up with the local crew and not venture out without watching how the locals launch and sail there.
Like Jeff said.
Just get in touch with live 2 kite, and take your ID with you...
...just in case you end up on prison ground.
Kites: 2014 F-One Bandit VII: 12m, 10m and 8m. All pink/blue.
Board: 2014 F-One Spicy & 5'6 Fish.
Harness: Manera Exoharness.
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