Information for Kiteboarders
In Plymouth, except for Long Beach, kite boarders may set up, launch and kite from any public beach as long as they remain outside designated swim areas.
Kite boarders should follow all state rules and regulations pertaining to the sport and are expected to exhibit common sense.
Long Beach on Warren Avenue has different rules for kiting because rare birds nest on the beach, including the federally threatened piping plover and the state threatened least tern. Restrictions are in effect from April 1 through Sept. 30 to protect them. During this time, kiters are not allowed in or near Management Zones 3 or 4. If there is a plover or tern nest in Zones 1 or 2, kiters must stay at least 200 yards away from it and/or the chicks. You may speak with a Natural Resources Officer at Long Beach to determine exactly where you can go, or, to be safe, avoid landing on or flying your kite over the northwestern two-thirds of the spit.
For a map of the Long Beach Management areas and a list of rules and regulations, visit http://www.plymouth-ma.gov/sites/plymouthma/files/uploads/plbpamphlet2013.pdf or http://www.plymouth-ma.gov/sites/plymouthma/files/uploads/longbeach.pdf
For all information about Long Beach, visit http://www.plymouth-ma.gov/marine-and-environmental-affairs/pages/long-beach-information
For a plover or tern, danger can come from the sea, the land or the air. If a plover or tern sees a kite of any size above it, it will react as if it is a hawk or other bird that might attack it or its chicks and go into defense mode. This may mean running away from eggs or chicks, leaving them vulnerable to overheating, chilling or being eaten by a predator. It also reduces the time birds can feed and they can become weakened from hunger, starve, or in the case of chicks, grow more slowly.
For a good summary by a kiteboarder on why it’s important to protect piping plovers, visit: http://masskiting.com/forum/general-discussion/piping-plovers
Remember that each kite boarder represents all kiteboarders to non-kiters. Following the rules will keep the sport acceptable to the public, beach managers and bird lovers.