1. Only PASA Level II (or similar IKO) kitesurfers may ride Montrose Beach.
2. You must have a city-issued kite streamer attached to your kite.
3. Safety Equipment must be used including an attached Kite Safety Leash.
4. 100 foot minimum Safety Zone from kite. Remain clear of people, piers etc.
5. Kiteboarding allowed upwind the swimming area only.
6. Teaching is not allowed at any time.
The Park District Website:
Kiteboarding/Windsurfing Rules and Protocol
1. Only PASA Level II (Intermediate) or IKO Level 3‐L Certified Kiteboarders will be
allowed to kite at Montrose Beach. This prohibits teaching kiteboarding or flying
“traction” kites with students on Montrose Beach. All local Kiteboarders must
obtain a Kite Streamer which identifies them as certified. Visitors will be able to
exchange their certification cards for a day use streamer (subject to CPD
2. All Kiteboarders will follow generally accepted Kiteboarding Safety Practices
and use attached Kite Safety Leashes. (No grab handles) 100 Foot Safety Zone
from Occupied Beaches, Piers, and other Facilities while riding.
3. Kiteboarding allowed when bathing/swimming areas are closed due to high
wind and wave conditions.
4. Kiteboarding may be allowed by the Captain of the Guards at other times.
(Cool Weather, low beach attendance, etc)
Kiteboarders wishing to use Montrose Beach will obtain a kite streamer fromwww.chicagokitesurfing.com
or, if available, at the lifeguard house at Montrose.
The streamer will be flown from the kite or pigtail. The Streamer will identify the
Kiteboarder as a Certified Rider who meets the minimum certification standard
for Montrose Beach.
GOLD‐ Friends of the Beach. 5 Gold streamers were issued to Kiteboarders
willing to assist others in the use of Montrose Beach. They will also be available
to assist the Guards and answer their questions or concerns about Kiteboarding.
RED‐ IKO Certified and Insured Kiteboarder. Certified to IKO Level 3‐L or better.
BLUE‐ PASA or IKO Certified as has always been required. PASA Level II or IKO
IMPORTANT NOTE: WINDSURFERS WISHING TO ACCESS THE LAKE MICHIGAN WATER
TRAIL MAY DO SO AT ANY TIME. PLEASE SEE “LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TRAIL (PADDLE
SPORTS)” ON THIS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING INFORMATION
AND SAFETY FOR THE LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TRAIL.
It is important that you follow these general guidelines while kiteboarding/windsurfing:
Kiteboarding and windsurfing require strong swimming abilities, training, and common
sense. Don’t forget that you could be seriously injured or killed after hitting any surface
(including water and sand) while participating on this sport. So before you launch, look
into the distance for potential problems before it’s too late. Never go airborne near
shallow water or near fixed or floating objects because it is dangerous. Once you get
into the air it will be difficult to control exactly where you go, and strong winds can
always force you into a direction that you did not anticipate.
First, to help maximize safety you should always check the weather forecast, color
radar, real‐time wind reports on‐line for storms and excessively gusty winds, wind
direction changes and lightning hazards because all of these can mean big trouble if they
happen while you’re airborne. Do not kiteboard or windsurf when storms are
approaching. Remember that storm fronts are very dangerous because they are often
preceded by strong, variable wind gusts and lightening. If you feel a static shock from
the kite bar, you must land the kite immediately and seek shelter (don’t forget that you
can get electrocuted).
Second, kite surfing must be done in wide‐open areas. Never kite surf in crowded areas,
near rocks, trees, or power lines. In general there should be a minimum of 100 yards of
safe distance from all hazards.
Finally, using the right gear is essential for safe kite surfing. Helmets and impact vests
save lives. You should also wear appropriate exposure clothing for conditions because
you could become disabled and be stuck there for a while. Never remove or disable
factory‐installed safety equipment or releases – it’s there for a reason. Read all
instructions and warnings that accompanies your gear. Using too large a kite for the
wind conditions or your experience level is extremely dangerous, so underpowered
riding is preferable to overpowered riding. When in doubt, go to a smaller kite and see
how it goes. Always stay within the wind range specified by the manufacturer for the
kite. Carry a safety knife attached to the harness for cutting tangled lines. This could
save your life if you become disabled in Lake Michigan.
And remember that most accidents happen when landing or launching, so keep your
eyes open and stay alert!
SEE MORE INFORMATION AThttp://www.chicagokitesurfing.com