Recently opened to windsurfers on an experimental basis, this site is not a wise choice for beginners early intermediates, and those not willing to negotiate many obstacles to the wind quest. It's main value appears to be as an alternative to West Meadow, and Crab Meadow for advanced intermediates to expert sailors, when the other beaches are inaccessible in the summer season.
The current windsurfing area is frequented by many fishermen (and therefore
sharp hooks). The beach is steeply shelving and so is not suited to
beginners at any stage of tide. The chop is similar to Stehli on a NW,
and swell similar to Crab meadow on a NE. A friendly State Park Policeman
alerted us to the presence of more submerged rocks to the NW.
There is a rumor that Field 3 will be open to windsurfers after mid September and this spot could be year-round. (Can't evaluate field 3 prospects at this time.)
Wind-wise this location seems to be plagued by the same "North winds no-touchdown here" phenomenon that plague many North Shore beaches face in warm weather.
The parking area to the West closest to the windsurfing permitted launch zone was closed. This means the walk with gear to the beach is extremely long with all your gear, and if you need to rerig, warm-up or need something in your car, well good luck!
The staff were friendly and relaxed - and we managed negotiate temporary permission to drop off gear etc. rig and then drive back & park in the main area, then walk back to the beach.) But there is no guarantee that that privilege will be available in the future.
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