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!
In today's vlog I give new riders tips for getting into kite foiling in Long Beach. I talk about what gear beginners should look for and basic tips for riding. Enjoy and happy kiting!
Yesterday I woke up with a travel bug inside me. With no wind in the forecast here in Huntington I decided to head North up the coast. With kite equipment loaded up I began my search for wind. I was prepared to go as far as San Francisco if I needed to. Luckily I found some very strong wind just at the beginning of the central coast at a spot that I have wanted to ride for a while. Jalama Beach is a part of a small campground right on the coast line. It provides amazing views with strong wind and great waves. I was beyond excited when I pulled up seeing two kiters already out on 6M kites. Fired up and ready to go I hit the water with my 7m Neo and 5'9 Pro Wam. It was pretty gusty conditions, but I couldn't help but have a blast on the water. Nearing the end of my session I could feel the wind increasing significantly. The gusts and lulls were very intense, with spikes to 44 mph and then dropping to 14 mph. Coming off the water I could barley walk my kite up the beach. Fully depowered and bar all the way out I kept getting picked up of the shore. I decided to just take a seat on the sand and wait until a fellow kiter could give me a land. It has been a while since I've played around with wind that strong, but it was totally worth the drive. Today's vlog is a fun recap of my drive and session in Jalama. Hope you enjoy and happy kiting!