I lived in S.B. a little over 20 years ago. I used to live on the Mesa, across from the City College. I used to walk down to the beach and fly a stack of Rainbow stunt kites on the beach all the time.
Since then I've visited a few times and I found the winds quite nice with a Rev.
According to the gadget on the web page, it's a 2091 mile drive for me now. Guess I wont be making the festival.