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Kitesurfing - San Francisco Bay



True adventure and exploration lies just outside one of the greatest and most 'colourful' cities on the planet. Yes, the wild west is still wild. This was the last true conquest of the early explorers. Those brave enough to take the journey returned with tales of unbelievable beauty and adventure... and now today's travellers can share reports from the stands of a 49ers, Raiders, Giants, Oakland A's game! The climate on the north coast not only produces fabulous wines, it also offers the greatest of sailing conditions for all levels. The riding options are immense and a willingness to travel a little will see you riding six days a week in a variety of conditions


You may have already heard of classic spots, such as Waddell Creek, Half Moon Bay and Stinson Beach, but inland there are also fantastic flat water options as well as channel swells. Sherman Island in the San Francisco Bay area is a good place to start at the beginning of fall/autumn for all levels with flat water areas and as well as regular chop. But this coast is huge and there are loads of great spots up and down it, featuring everything from flat water bays and inlets to ocean waves. The downwinders range from four to eight miles, taking in glassy flat waters and sand bars as well as coastal swells. North coast trips to Eureka take the scenic routes for example, heading through the redwoods and into some unexplored territory with options of flat water or waves every day. There are several rivers, bays, lagoons, and some pretty extreme wave conditions. Great options for all levels.


In spring and summer the dominant wind direction on the coast is from the NW. Inland areas can be good on west winds but to be sure of the best conditions, hit it in spring and summer. Wind stats for the spring/summer average 15-28 knots on most days, with the occasional 35-40+ knot days (though these are more often in the spring). As well as cooler coastal spots, there are plenty of warm water inland locations, where the temperatures can get up to 32C / 90F and water temperatures of 21C / 70F.

On the coast you're looking at water temperature ranges of 10 - 14C / 50 - 57F. You could wake up to 25 knots, go ride in your shorts in the morning and then head out to the coast and be riding flat water and waves in the afternoon. Bring everything, from sun glasses and flip-flops to wetsuit booties!


Flying into San Francisco airport (SFO) is your best bet. This is the San Francisco area, so anything goes. Go from rustic retreat to raving in the city all in the same day. Dine five star or eat with your fingers off the barbeque up the coast. There's just too much fun to be had on one trip here. Mykitetrip.com run weekend trips or camps over seven to 12 days, staying in various beach houses or camp sites up and down the coast, all with your own kite guide helping you hit new and exciting spots each day. If you stay with them you won't need a car, otherwise they are between $30 and $60 per day.


San Francisco is the fourth most populated city in California, so if you can't do it here, it's not worth doing. There's everything from forest walks to city tours and visits to the infamous Acatraz prison. Choose something and do it, or you'll spend your whole trip trying to decide!

Added: 2009-06-24

Region: USA

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