Beach/Lesson Update: Unfortunately, we haven't received the golden phone call, but I will check back in with the city on Tuesday. On the upside, we are able to provide rental equipment. We plan on heading out this weekend if conditions call for wind. We will update here on the blog when and if we go to setup.
OTH Vlog Update: As we are beginning to get back on to the beach my free time is starting to dwindle in terms of video editing. To ensure that you get all the OTH Vlog fun, and I keep my sanity, the vlog will be moved to Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Sorry I've been all over the place for posting this week. As information flows in I find myself being attached to my phone awaiting updates. I'm hoping dropping down to 2 vlogs a week will allow timely and quality uploads. I will begin doing the weather updates again with tomorrows post as well. Hope you all have a great start to your holiday weekend! Happy kiting!
The city of Long Beach is now allowing us to setup and provide rental services. Although we still do not have an opening date for lessons, this is a push in the right direction! We will be setting up in Belmont Shore over the weekend with our line up of Duotone gear available for rental. To review our rental terms and available equipment please see our Rental tab under lessons. Stoked to see everyone out there this weekend! Keep checking back for more updates! Happy kiting!
I am hoping to add to this later this afternoon, but I wanted to get something out to all of you to keep you in the loop. Since Monday, I've been trying to get a solid update for a timeline of when we can reopen. Unfortunately the city has been very sparing about releasing information. What I do know is lessons are the next step in reopening, but no date has been set. I've been told that we could get this information in a day or a week, and when we do receive the green light it will be at a moments notice with no prior notification. I want to make sure you all have the same information that I have so that you don't feel that you are missing out. To ensure that you all stay up to date I am going to be posting daily updates here in the blog and on Facebook. Be sure to check back here daily or follow us on facebook at OTH Kiteboarding to be notified when we post new blogs. Thank you all for your patience! Happy kiting!
BELMONT SHORE OPEN TO INDEPENDENT KITERS!
Please make sure to practice safe social distancing while out on the beach!
Below is our OTH Health Action Plan for our reopening. We will be following Long Beach's Physical Distancing Protocol and implementing the following procedures.
Tent/Beach kiosk will only be used to store equipment, instructor/students personal items, and provide sun protection for Off The Hook's students only. We will not provide seating for lounging or create a space for the gathering of outside users.
At the time of opening lessons will be limited to one on one private instruction. No group or semi private lessons will be provided until further notice. We will be implementing a 15 minute down time between scheduled lessons. This will allow the student who is finishing their lesson to return to the tent to retrieve personal items and leave without coming into contact with the next student. Instructors during land based training will be wearing full face covering, and have it readily available during water based training.
We strongly recommend students bring their own wetsuits. For those students who do not have their own wetsuit we will provide a freshly washed suit. All other necessary kite equipment will be cleaned before and after each individual lesson.
To further prevent contact between students we have gone paperless with an online waiver system students can fill out on their own phone without the need to share pens, clipboards, or the tent iPad.
We are beyond excited for the opening of Belmont Shore this Friday! Today's video I talk about the reopening, and provide advice on how to keep our beaches safe and open! The regular weather blog will start back up on Friday for those who want the inside scoop on our weather forecast. The Vlog will continue to be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! Can't wait to see everyone very soon!
In today's vlog I discuss the personal connections we make with our kite brands, and how these connections come from more than the gear itself!
In today's vlog I talk with our head instructor Carter Thomas. Not only is Carter an instructor for OTH, but is also my brother in law. This awesome human being has been kiting for 18 years and teaching for 16. His wealth of knowledge coupled with his amazing attitude makes learning with him an incredible time. Get to know Carter, and book him for you next lesson!
Today was supposed to be part of the international Duotone beach clean up. We were planning on hosting the beach clean in Belmont to kick off the Belmont Shore Demo that would have been this weekend. Due to our current world situation this put a damper on getting a group of us together to clean our beaches. We may not be able to gather, but we can still put forward an effort to clean our beaches! This morning I went out to my home beach and swept the shoreline for trash. I swept down from tower 15 to the Huntington pier and only collected half a bag of trash! I'm proud of HB and our ability to keep our beaches so clean!
When we are able to get back out there we should all make an effort to put a trash bag and gloves in our kite bags. Do your part and take responsibility of the beaches you use by keeping them clean! We will be keeping trash bags and gloves at the tent all summer for anyone who wants to do a little tidying before their session. Enjoy today's video and happy kiting!