Fort Pickens FL report

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Fort Pickens FL report

For those who are into camping, I highly recommend this place.
I had 2 great afternoons of windfoiling and hoping for more today. Flattest water I have foiled at with very steady winds - forget whitecaps, hardly rippling most of the time, yet I was on the foil 95% of the time for 20+ miles each day (limited by my energy). Granted large wing & sail (thus getting tired fast) and I lost some weight but I probably could have gone with smaller sail (might try today) - so hard to read the conditions given how calm the water looks.
Best bayside launch is about 1-1.5 miles from the campsites. Parking along the road next to the beach - with grass across the road where I rigged. Super deep - above my height in ~3 yards from shore. No sand dunes anywhere. Probably best for anything with N in it but I have been sailing with SE just great, with ocean on the east side practically a stone throw away (narrow peninsula).
Check it out if you’re into camping. 350miles from Roswell, 5.5 hrs towing my trailer (not speeding).

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Re: Fort Pickens FL report

Great report - if you get the chance, get a GPS coordinate or similar so we can mark it on the wiki.

Must have been cool foiling on that flat water.

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Looks like Pensacola Beach area

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I just got back home as we are heading to Vogel state park tomorrow for most of the week. So unfortunately late for gps coordinates but I suspect I will make more trips there - loved the location for foiling. It’s Pensacola beach/bay, Fort Pickens State Park. I camped at their campground and foiled on the bay side, about 1.5miles from campground, right where the Fort and fishing pier are. Water was amazingly flat, only complained being how hard it was to read the wind. I foiled with 5.7 yesterday, again practically with no white caps and only small ripples.

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