District closes watersports beach at oceanfront to kites while accident investigation is underway

The District of Squamish has temporarily closed the watersports beach at Sp’akw’us Feather Park on the oceanfront to kites and kiteboarders. An investigation is underway to understand the details of what contributed to Monday’s fatal accident where a kiteboarder was blown onto the rocky headland.

While the investigation is underway, kites are being restricted out of caution to ensure public safety. Wingfoiling and windsurfing continue to be permitted.

“Public safety is paramount and so we must take this cautionary step while we work to understand the contributing factors to the accident,” says Bill Stoner, the District’s General Manager of Corporate Services. “We urge kiters to adhere to the closure. The results of the investigation will guide our next steps.”

Access to Pepahím̓ (Spit Island) for kiteboarding is continuing as normal through the seasonal shuttle service operated by the Squamish Windsports Society. Shuttles take place daily between noon and 7 p.m. with access to the shuttle launch a short walk from the Sp’akw’us Feather parking lot. Visit squamishwindsports.com for information and current weather conditions.

July 5, 2024

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