Kiteboarding the 520 Slick in Cocoa Beach, FL
Kiteboarding Cocoa Beach: Manatee Park
Manatee Park: Located in Cape Canaveral on the NE end of the Banana River south of 528. There is a massive open field ideal for flying trainer kites and riding land boards on west winds. A large portion of the water access is obstructed by a large boardwalk and mangroves but there are entrances on both sides of the park. There is a deep channel near the beach extending about 50 feet out and then it is really shallow beyond that as far you can go. This is one of the most amazing spots to watch the sunset. Setup south of the parking lot and there is a small place to walk through to the water on the far south end near the water treatment plant. If you edge about 100 yards out toward the 528 Causeway, there is a really shallow bar that creates a really nice slick when the river level is low.
PRECAUTIONS: Intermediate to Avanced level riding without boat assistance. This spot has a very technical launch. Watch out for the mangroves and boardwalk! Use extreme caution entering and exiting the water.
Wind Directions: Best for SW winds. Good for S, SSW, W, and NW.
Kiteboarding Businesses in the area:
Good Breeze Kiteboarding/Ron Jon Kiteboarding
Good Breeze Kiteboarding has teamed up with Ron Jon Surf School to offer safe, certified lessons with boat support in flat shallow water. Equipment is available in the Ron Jon Surf School located in Cocoa Beach just north of main Ron Jon Surf Shop right off of the 520 causeway and A1A. The building is next to 7-11. It is a bright blue and yellow building.
160 E. Cocoa Beach Cswy
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931