nick14 wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:53 am
I'm moving to San Fran at the end of June and I'm looking for as much knowledge as I can get in regards to all things kiting related.
I've been reading up and it seems like the two spots I'll most likely be kiting are Crissy Fields (seems pretty unforgiving) and Ocean Beach but if anyone has any other recommendations that would be great. I'm in for all sorts of kiting (I just had my second session on a foil) but mainly twin tip. Love to boost off wave kickers, flat water, small waves on a directional.
Most of your questons can be answered by perusing bayareakiteboarding.com.
Get an account if you are going to move in The City, here are some short answers:
"San Fran" is a term visitors call San Francisco. We Bay Area locals call it The City. Its a dead giveaway if you visit here and may get mugged by pickpockets.
So I have a few questions
1. How does everyone get around with there gear? Public transport, car, bike, keep it at lockers at the beach, members of the boat clubs......? Looking for comments from people that foil, surf and twintip.
Its difficult to not have a car in San Francisco, but possible. You can get in touch with other kiters and form a ride share group.
I believe most people carry their gear with them all the time.
2. If you do travel with your gear do you normally need to take a few kites to the beach or is it pretty consistent with reliable forecasts?
When I drive to kite, I take two kites and two boards, sizes based on forecast for that day. Winds here during the summer are consistent and forecasts are reliable.
In my home spot (I live three miles away from the Sacramento Delta), I take one kite and one board. Summer winds in the river blows the whole day.
3. Which forecast apps/websites are the best and which stations give the most accurate readings.
4. Where do you guys live in San Fran? Do you live where you do due to been close to the water/wind?
This depends on where you work and how much commute you want to do.
I used to live and work in Santa Cruz, so I primarily kited Waddell Creek.
Now I'm in Contra Costa County, East Bay, so I kite primarily in the San Joaquin river/Suisun Bay areas, and drive to other spots on weekend trips.
5. Which spots do you guys like the most and frequent the most? Which are most reliable for a kite from about 2pm-5pm.
Different spots, different conditions, and that's a loaded question. Wind season here starts early Spring through late Summer, but year round is possible if you don't mind driving and chasing the wind.
We kite before and after a storm, spots vary because of shifting winds. Advanced rider conditons only. Winter season here is more known for its epic surf conditions. Kite at the coast (Waddell, Ocean Beach) if you have balls of steel and not afraid to die. You see people kite out there at the breaks, most of the time they have support from other riders. You will be rewarded with amazing kiteable surf breaks.
You can also go snow kiting, safer, we have epic snow conditions now due to lots of rain and snow last winter.
Alameda, Third Avenue, Berkely, Doran are your safest bets. Coastal kiting gives you epic surfable kiting spots.
Winds are generated by thermal conditions. Hot weather inland, cold winds by the coast creates venturi type winds that blows through the Bay area much of the day.
Sherman, Crissy, 3rd Avenue, Coast, Berkely, Stinson
Winds start becoming unreliable, but still kiteable. Sherman, Crissy, 3rd Avenue, Coast. Watch out for signs of wind shutdown as you will end up swimming.
One last thing. The Bay Area has reliable winds, but a lot of the spots are not beginner friendly. Alameda is the only official beginner beach here, and there are restrictions for teaching there. If you have beginner buddies with you when you first go out. Don't be afraid to ask guidance from the locals whichever beach you end up initially checking out.