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  • Josh Woodland
    I m headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June. Has anyone kiteboarded in the area? Any recommendations on location? I ve never kiteboarded
    Message 1 of 9 , Apr 23, 2013
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      I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

      Thanks,
      Josh
    • Will Hise
      Josh-- I ve kited the Bay Area a lot. Due to Cali traffic, where to kite is going to be based on where you are staying. In June all spots should work. Here s a
      Message 2 of 9 , Apr 23, 2013
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        Josh--

        I've kited the Bay Area a lot. Due to Cali traffic, where to kite is going to be based on where you are staying. In June all spots should work. Here's a short list

        Sherman island - this is up the delta towards Sacramento but is an amazing flat water spot if you can get up there. About 45 min from sf. Warm fresh water and good people. Launch and land is challenging but easier than lucky peak. Blows all day except for lunch break. Great after kite party scene. There are a few guys that will take you down river to a cool spot for a downwinder. Removes the sketchy launch but you still have to land at the same spot. Super fun though and that's how my wife learned a lot

        3rd ave - south of sf and in the bay. Another good crop of people. Lots of dot commers. Good wind in the afternoons and a good view of the underbellies of 747s landing at sfo. Flat water. Talk to locals about the best spots to launch and land. You don't really want to end up downwind but the wind is good so this isn't usually an issue. 

        Chrissy field -- if you're up for it, every Kiter should do this once. You can kite under the Golden Gate Bridge and the view is just amazing. That said, it's no place to have gear failure or ignore local currents, tides and wind shadows. Water is cold and spookie and almost every local has been rescued by coast guard at least once. You need to talk to a local about the ins and outs, but if you're up for it and ready, do it, it's worth it. Avoid ebb tides, the south tower shadow and ferries. 

        Waddell creek -- a bit of a drive but can be some of the best wave riding around. It's cold, sharky and very localized. 

        Alameda -- mellow spot on the east side of the bay. Usually quite a bit lighter than the other spots around the bay. Shallow flat water and a small rigging area but easy launch.

        If you're nervous about the spots I'd hit 3rd or alameda. They are the least intimidating but you'll have a blast at Sherman if you have the time. If you can kite lucky peak from Barkley you really have nothing to worry about. Take some booties and if you hit the ocean or Chrissy take a warm wet suit and possibly some floatation. 

        Let me know if you want more details or driving directions to anywhere. The guys at live2kite are awesome sources of info also. 

        Have fun!!

        -Will


        On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Josh Woodland wrote:


        I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

        Thanks,
        Josh


      • Gear Daddy LLC
        Awesome review Will!!! Need to save that posting for future reference. Thanks Eddy
        Message 3 of 9 , Apr 24, 2013
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          Awesome review Will!!! Need to save that posting for future reference. 

          Thanks

          Eddy


          On Apr 24, 2013, at 12:46 AM, Will Hise <will.hise@...> wrote:

           

          Josh--


          I've kited the Bay Area a lot. Due to Cali traffic, where to kite is going to be based on where you are staying. In June all spots should work. Here's a short list

          Sherman island - this is up the delta towards Sacramento but is an amazing flat water spot if you can get up there. About 45 min from sf. Warm fresh water and good people. Launch and land is challenging but easier than lucky peak. Blows all day except for lunch break. Great after kite party scene. There are a few guys that will take you down river to a cool spot for a downwinder. Removes the sketchy launch but you still have to land at the same spot. Super fun though and that's how my wife learned a lot

          3rd ave - south of sf and in the bay. Another good crop of people. Lots of dot commers. Good wind in the afternoons and a good view of the underbellies of 747s landing at sfo. Flat water. Talk to locals about the best spots to launch and land. You don't really want to end up downwind but the wind is good so this isn't usually an issue. 

          Chrissy field -- if you're up for it, every Kiter should do this once. You can kite under the Golden Gate Bridge and the view is just amazing. That said, it's no place to have gear failure or ignore local currents, tides and wind shadows. Water is cold and spookie and almost every local has been rescued by coast guard at least once. You need to talk to a local about the ins and outs, but if you're up for it and ready, do it, it's worth it. Avoid ebb tides, the south tower shadow and ferries. 

          Waddell creek -- a bit of a drive but can be some of the best wave riding around. It's cold, sharky and very localized. 

          Alameda -- mellow spot on the east side of the bay. Usually quite a bit lighter than the other spots around the bay. Shallow flat water and a small rigging area but easy launch.

          If you're nervous about the spots I'd hit 3rd or alameda. They are the least intimidating but you'll have a blast at Sherman if you have the time. If you can kite lucky peak from Barkley you really have nothing to worry about. Take some booties and if you hit the ocean or Chrissy take a warm wet suit and possibly some floatation. 

          Let me know if you want more details or driving directions to anywhere. The guys at live2kite are awesome sources of info also. 

          Have fun!!

          -Will


          On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Josh Woodland wrote:


          I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

          Thanks,
          Josh


        • Jon Bolt
          http://www.bayareakiteboarding.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=23 Only places on this page I ve been to are Sherman Island and the spots just before western entrance
          Message 4 of 9 , Apr 24, 2013
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            Only places on this page I've been to are Sherman Island and the spots just before western entrance of San Mateo bridge.  San Mateo wasn't crowded at all when I was there.
             


            On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Josh Woodland <woodland.josh@...> wrote:
             

            I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

            Thanks,
            Josh


          • Will Hise
            The west side of San Mateo bridge is 3rd ave referenced in my last email and here:
            Message 5 of 9 , Apr 24, 2013
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              The west side of San Mateo bridge is 3rd ave referenced in my last email and here: http://www.bayareakiteboarding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=832&sid=b71006afd890263fe5047bebe40c456a

              It's a sweet spot. I recommend the upper launch for first timers. You can pump your kite on the windsurfing carpets at the end of the parking lot and walk them up the bike path (give way to bikes and pedestrians!) to the upper launch.

              I left out Ocean Beach San Francisco last night. Should probably mention it in case you see it. It's a huge beautiful sandy beach on the west side of the peninsula. Good kiting can be had, but it's really big water and you really need to be comfortable in big surf and very strong currents. Surfing here as a kid was like running on a treadmill just to stay in one place. It's worth driving north or south if you want ocean kiting but aren't ready for this.



              On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 7:14 AM, Jon Bolt <idakiteman@...> wrote:


               
              Only places on this page I've been to are Sherman Island and the spots just before western entrance of San Mateo bridge.  San Mateo wasn't crowded at all when I was there.
               


              On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Josh Woodland <woodland.josh@...> wrote:
               

              I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

              Thanks,
              Josh





            • Josh Woodland
              Wow! This is great information! Hearing it from someone who has been there is a lot better than trying to figure out where to go from all of the blogs out
              Message 6 of 9 , Apr 24, 2013
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                Wow! This is great information! Hearing it from someone who has been there is a lot better than trying to figure out where to go from all of the blogs out there. Looking forward to venturing out of Idaho.

                Thanks again...Josh

                On Apr 24, 2013 9:11 AM, "Will Hise" <will.hise@...> wrote:
                 

                The west side of San Mateo bridge is 3rd ave referenced in my last email and here: http://www.bayareakiteboarding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=832&sid=b71006afd890263fe5047bebe40c456a

                It's a sweet spot. I recommend the upper launch for first timers. You can pump your kite on the windsurfing carpets at the end of the parking lot and walk them up the bike path (give way to bikes and pedestrians!) to the upper launch.

                I left out Ocean Beach San Francisco last night. Should probably mention it in case you see it. It's a huge beautiful sandy beach on the west side of the peninsula. Good kiting can be had, but it's really big water and you really need to be comfortable in big surf and very strong currents. Surfing here as a kid was like running on a treadmill just to stay in one place. It's worth driving north or south if you want ocean kiting but aren't ready for this.



                On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 7:14 AM, Jon Bolt <idakiteman@...> wrote:


                 
                Only places on this page I've been to are Sherman Island and the spots just before western entrance of San Mateo bridge.  San Mateo wasn't crowded at all when I was there.
                 


                On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Josh Woodland <woodland.josh@...> wrote:
                 

                I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

                Thanks,
                Josh





              • Bill Binegar
                That is a copy and paste email. Hope I get to use it someday. Thanks Will. Sent from my iPhone
                Message 7 of 9 , Apr 24, 2013
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                  That is a copy and paste email. Hope I get to use it someday. Thanks Will.

                  Sent from my iPhone

                  On Apr 24, 2013, at 12:46 AM, Will Hise <will.hise@...> wrote:

                   

                  Josh--


                  I've kited the Bay Area a lot. Due to Cali traffic, where to kite is going to be based on where you are staying. In June all spots should work. Here's a short list

                  Sherman island - this is up the delta towards Sacramento but is an amazing flat water spot if you can get up there. About 45 min from sf. Warm fresh water and good people. Launch and land is challenging but easier than lucky peak. Blows all day except for lunch break. Great after kite party scene. There are a few guys that will take you down river to a cool spot for a downwinder. Removes the sketchy launch but you still have to land at the same spot. Super fun though and that's how my wife learned a lot

                  3rd ave - south of sf and in the bay. Another good crop of people. Lots of dot commers. Good wind in the afternoons and a good view of the underbellies of 747s landing at sfo. Flat water. Talk to locals about the best spots to launch and land. You don't really want to end up downwind but the wind is good so this isn't usually an issue. 

                  Chrissy field -- if you're up for it, every Kiter should do this once. You can kite under the Golden Gate Bridge and the view is just amazing. That said, it's no place to have gear failure or ignore local currents, tides and wind shadows. Water is cold and spookie and almost every local has been rescued by coast guard at least once. You need to talk to a local about the ins and outs, but if you're up for it and ready, do it, it's worth it. Avoid ebb tides, the south tower shadow and ferries. 

                  Waddell creek -- a bit of a drive but can be some of the best wave riding around. It's cold, sharky and very localized. 

                  Alameda -- mellow spot on the east side of the bay. Usually quite a bit lighter than the other spots around the bay. Shallow flat water and a small rigging area but easy launch.

                  If you're nervous about the spots I'd hit 3rd or alameda. They are the least intimidating but you'll have a blast at Sherman if you have the time. If you can kite lucky peak from Barkley you really have nothing to worry about. Take some booties and if you hit the ocean or Chrissy take a warm wet suit and possibly some floatation. 

                  Let me know if you want more details or driving directions to anywhere. The guys at live2kite are awesome sources of info also. 

                  Have fun!!

                  -Will


                  On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Josh Woodland wrote:


                  I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

                  Thanks,
                  Josh


                • Josh Woodland
                  Hey Will, For my own reference, I put all of the places you mentioned (and your comments) into a Google Map format. Does it look like I got the locations
                  Message 8 of 9 , Apr 24, 2013
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                    Hey Will,

                    For my own reference, I put all of the places you mentioned (and your comments) into a Google Map format.  Does it look like I got the locations right?



                    Thanks,
                    Josh


                    On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM, Bill Binegar <billyg2477@...> wrote:
                     

                    That is a copy and paste email. Hope I get to use it someday. Thanks Will.

                    Sent from my iPhone

                    On Apr 24, 2013, at 12:46 AM, Will Hise <will.hise@...> wrote:

                     

                    Josh--


                    I've kited the Bay Area a lot. Due to Cali traffic, where to kite is going to be based on where you are staying. In June all spots should work. Here's a short list

                    Sherman island - this is up the delta towards Sacramento but is an amazing flat water spot if you can get up there. About 45 min from sf. Warm fresh water and good people. Launch and land is challenging but easier than lucky peak. Blows all day except for lunch break. Great after kite party scene. There are a few guys that will take you down river to a cool spot for a downwinder. Removes the sketchy launch but you still have to land at the same spot. Super fun though and that's how my wife learned a lot

                    3rd ave - south of sf and in the bay. Another good crop of people. Lots of dot commers. Good wind in the afternoons and a good view of the underbellies of 747s landing at sfo. Flat water. Talk to locals about the best spots to launch and land. You don't really want to end up downwind but the wind is good so this isn't usually an issue. 

                    Chrissy field -- if you're up for it, every Kiter should do this once. You can kite under the Golden Gate Bridge and the view is just amazing. That said, it's no place to have gear failure or ignore local currents, tides and wind shadows. Water is cold and spookie and almost every local has been rescued by coast guard at least once. You need to talk to a local about the ins and outs, but if you're up for it and ready, do it, it's worth it. Avoid ebb tides, the south tower shadow and ferries. 

                    Waddell creek -- a bit of a drive but can be some of the best wave riding around. It's cold, sharky and very localized. 

                    Alameda -- mellow spot on the east side of the bay. Usually quite a bit lighter than the other spots around the bay. Shallow flat water and a small rigging area but easy launch.

                    If you're nervous about the spots I'd hit 3rd or alameda. They are the least intimidating but you'll have a blast at Sherman if you have the time. If you can kite lucky peak from Barkley you really have nothing to worry about. Take some booties and if you hit the ocean or Chrissy take a warm wet suit and possibly some floatation. 

                    Let me know if you want more details or driving directions to anywhere. The guys at live2kite are awesome sources of info also. 

                    Have fun!!

                    -Will


                    On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Josh Woodland wrote:


                    I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

                    Thanks,
                    Josh



                  • Gear Daddy LLC
                    That s awesome. Make sure you post that final document to group Eddy
                    Message 9 of 9 , Apr 25, 2013
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                      That's awesome.  Make sure you post that final document to group

                      Eddy


                      On Apr 25, 2013, at 12:58 AM, Josh Woodland <woodland.josh@...> wrote:

                       

                      Hey Will,

                      For my own reference, I put all of the places you mentioned (and your comments) into a Google Map format.  Does it look like I got the locations right?



                      Thanks,
                      Josh


                      On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM, Bill Binegar <billyg2477@...> wrote:
                       

                      That is a copy and paste email. Hope I get to use it someday. Thanks Will.

                      Sent from my iPhone

                      On Apr 24, 2013, at 12:46 AM, Will Hise <will.hise@...> wrote:

                       

                      Josh--


                      I've kited the Bay Area a lot. Due to Cali traffic, where to kite is going to be based on where you are staying. In June all spots should work. Here's a short list

                      Sherman island - this is up the delta towards Sacramento but is an amazing flat water spot if you can get up there. About 45 min from sf. Warm fresh water and good people. Launch and land is challenging but easier than lucky peak. Blows all day except for lunch break. Great after kite party scene. There are a few guys that will take you down river to a cool spot for a downwinder. Removes the sketchy launch but you still have to land at the same spot. Super fun though and that's how my wife learned a lot

                      3rd ave - south of sf and in the bay. Another good crop of people. Lots of dot commers. Good wind in the afternoons and a good view of the underbellies of 747s landing at sfo. Flat water. Talk to locals about the best spots to launch and land. You don't really want to end up downwind but the wind is good so this isn't usually an issue. 

                      Chrissy field -- if you're up for it, every Kiter should do this once. You can kite under the Golden Gate Bridge and the view is just amazing. That said, it's no place to have gear failure or ignore local currents, tides and wind shadows. Water is cold and spookie and almost every local has been rescued by coast guard at least once. You need to talk to a local about the ins and outs, but if you're up for it and ready, do it, it's worth it. Avoid ebb tides, the south tower shadow and ferries. 

                      Waddell creek -- a bit of a drive but can be some of the best wave riding around. It's cold, sharky and very localized. 

                      Alameda -- mellow spot on the east side of the bay. Usually quite a bit lighter than the other spots around the bay. Shallow flat water and a small rigging area but easy launch.

                      If you're nervous about the spots I'd hit 3rd or alameda. They are the least intimidating but you'll have a blast at Sherman if you have the time. If you can kite lucky peak from Barkley you really have nothing to worry about. Take some booties and if you hit the ocean or Chrissy take a warm wet suit and possibly some floatation. 

                      Let me know if you want more details or driving directions to anywhere. The guys at live2kite are awesome sources of info also. 

                      Have fun!!

                      -Will


                      On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Josh Woodland wrote:


                      I'm headed to San Francisco for 4 days the first part of June.  Has anyone kiteboarded in the area?  Any recommendations on location?  I've never kiteboarded on big water with lots of people around, so any tips or recommendations with that in mind would be helpful.

                      Thanks,
                      Josh



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