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jaco 08-25-2007 07:02 AM

I couldn't decide if Bradenton was in this part of the forum or in SW section. Any how, I have never ridden Bradenton and have spent very little time there. The family's just booked a few nights there just after Christmas. So typically the wind (if it exists) will be coming from the east? Any riding to be had any where on the island or nearby-rather than driving to the skyway or desoto park?


Unimog Bob 08-25-2007 08:15 AM

If we get a cold front approaching there is usally a southren draw before its arrvial. you can ride anna maria then or bradenton beach on anything with west in it.

jaco 08-26-2007 06:37 AM

now that i think, we do get a few south days in the winter. but when it is blowing east...any spots on bradenton or anna maria island? even for windsurfing access only? thanks!

Adam 08-26-2007 03:20 PM

i live 5 minutes from anna meria and there are a few places to ride. Bean point is the furthest point to the north and has the strongeest winds. its also basicly one huge sandbar with nice clear water, then 3 peirs which is to the left of the beach house is a decent spot when there are waves (its a local surf break) you can also do a 9 mile downwinder from one side the the other then ride the trolly back if you want. hope that helps!

KITEBUM 08-28-2007 09:28 PM

Hey Jaco
Actually Jaco there are places to ride on Anna Maria no matter what the wind does. There are lots of sand bars that are exposed allowing you to ride no matter what the wind direction and the nothern and sounthern tips are great with very little wind because of the very strong currents. We've been able to ride about everyday (been stormy) and had times we were able to loft in 9 or so mph of wind because of the strong currents in spots. There are about 3 of us that have been riding out pretty much religiously there for over many years so whenever you visit let us know and we'll hook you up. Two of us take jetskis out and are able to get to places that were otherwise unaccesible. You'll have fun and if you go to Desoto or some of the other places you'll meet a great group of people. It does spoil you on the island since you have any spot to yourself most of the time. Have fun.

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