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Surf Report from White Ave, Holmes Beach

Live beach cam: http://amipost.com/surf-cam-holmes-beach/

  • Surf from Hurricane Ida August 29, 2021
Hurricane Ida passing by August 28th, 2021.
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida. Small surf as Tropical Storm Marco crosses Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana.
Tropical Storm Marco crossing western Gulf of Mexico, August 23, 2020.
Tropical Storm Marco, August 24, 2020, pushing out some swells.
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Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing and Kitefoiling on Anna Maria Island

A compilation of videos and info for kiteboarding on Anna Maria Island gulf beach and Tampa Bay waters.

Anna Maria City beach Gulf of Mexico 12m² bow kite and foilboard
Light air kiteboarding with 18m² airfoil kite and carbon foilboard
Kiteboarding during Tropical Storm Alberto Memorial Day weekend 2018 Rider: Dimitri Maramenides
Anna Maria City bayside beach launch and boosting

Gulf beach live cam http://amipost.com/surf-cam-holmes-beach/

Bay live cam Rod & Reel Pier http://www.annamariaislandrentals.com

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Stand Up Paddle SUP Surfing on Anna Maria Island

Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) is a great alternative board sport for the conditions we have on Anna Maria Island. Introduced to the mainland United States from Hawaii less than ten years ago, this form of surfing involves standing on a long board, ranging from seven to twelve feet, and using a long paddle.

The reason this increasingly popular sport makes sense for Anna Maria Island is that it doesn’t require waves for surfing or wind for sailboards and kite-boarding. It can be done on still waters, or it can be done in the surf. There are plenty of protected areas around the island where standup paddle boarding can be learned and practiced in relatively easy, safe conditions.


On flat water, touring or just poking around the waterways, longer boards in the 10 to 14 foot range have more glide than shorter boards from 9 down to 7 feet, that are better for turning in surf. Either way SUP is a great core workout and an excellent means of maintaining balance skills. A friend tells me it is not hard on his bad back. This makes it a good alternative to kayaking for people who have back problems when they sit for long periods in a kayak. Standup paddle boarding has the added advantage of offering an aerobic workout when aiming for speed. Serious athletes are taking it up for that reason and competitive events are becoming more popular.

Longtime local Shawn Duytschaver, known for the kayak rentals he has offered on the island for years, now offers standup paddleboard rentals and instruction at Palma Sola Causeway. He also sells the equipment. For more information he can be reached at 941-527-6355.

The local store in Holmes Beach, adjacent to the  West Coast Surf Shop  has been serving surfers’ needs since 1964, and stocks the best selection of surf wear and gear.

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Holmes Beach Surfs Hurricane Ike Surge

Anna Maria Island beaches felt the effects of Hurricane Ike this week with several days of high surf and high water.

Every day this past week brought a good swell and copious waves as Ike passed 300 miles away to the south west of Anna Maria Island.

Hurricane Ike waves Anna Maria Island

The storm emerged off the coast of Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico with Tropical Storm strength winds and soon intensified into a Category 2-3 hurricane heading northwest.

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Surfing Hurricane Gustav At Holmes Beach

Gustav sent a few waves to Anna Maria Island, Sunday, and brought out a crowd of surfers and onlookers. A high tide and offshore wind meant the waves broke close to shore but some good rides were possible.

Some gusty showers were about the only impact Gustav had on Anna Maria Island but the rain and possibly a raised sea level from the effects of surge caused an above average high tide.