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Kiteboarders can now launch from Spanish Banks Extension

May 12 2014

“Kiteboarding is gaining popularity worldwide and the Vancouver Park Board encourages a diverse range of sports,” says Park Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth.

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarders will now be able to enjoy their sport locally as part of a new one-year pilot program at Vancouver’s most westerly beach.

The Vancouver Park Board has created a special launch zone with appropriate signage at the far west end of Spanish Banks to accommodate recreational kiteboarders.

“Kiteboarding is gaining popularity worldwide and the Vancouver Park Board encourages a diverse range of sports,” says Park Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth. “Spanish Banks Extension is one of the best places to go kiteboarding when conditions are optimal, which is about eight or 10 times a summer.”

In the past, local kiteboarders had to go to Howe Sound in Squamish or Boundary Bay in Delta to enjoy their sport.

The Squamish Windsports Society, which had requested the special launch zone be created, is coordinating a public education campaign for both kiteboarders and the public, and will be on site during optimal kiteboarding days.

Kiteboarding supports the Park Board’s Strategic Plan objective for proactive service planning and delivery, as well as the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy, which is being developed as a long-term, integrated plan for healthier people, healthier places, and a healthier planet.

Learn more about Spanish Banks Beach

Spanish Bank East Beach in Vancouver

Spanish Banks Beach

Located on Northwest Marine Dr west of Tolmie St and on the Seaside Seawall, enjoy three distinct beach sections each with free parking, summer lifeguards, and allowing barbeques. Spanish Banks East and West have a concession, washrooms, and picnic tables. Spanish Banks West is a designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound) and also has a dog off-leash area. Spanish Banks Extension has a dog off-leash area.