Wanted: advice on SanFrancisco

Wanted: advice on SanFrancisco

Post by sandila.. » Wed, 17 Jun 1992 23:38:11


I am going to be in SF at the end of June.  Can people there tell me whether
I should bring my Bare Steamer wetsuit?  Or would that be overkill?  
I am about at the level of an advanced beginner.  What advice can you
give me re rental of boards and maybe lessons on how to waterstart?
Thanks.  Markout  :)
Mark Sandilands, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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Wanted: advice on SanFrancisco

Post by Stewart Chaims » Thu, 18 Jun 1992 23:44:31

    I am going to be in SF at the end of June.  Can people there tell me whether
    I should bring my Bare Steamer wetsuit?  Or would that be overkill?  
    I am about at the level of an advanced beginner.  What advice can you
    give me re rental of boards and maybe lessons on how to waterstart?
    Thanks.  Markout  :)
    Mark Sandilands, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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    Yes, bring your Steamer; it's cold on the bay. Also I would avoid sailing
    at Crissy Field (it's in SF and a great place to sail but knowing how to
    water-start is a serious requirement. I would suggest you sail (rentals
    are available) at Larkspur(north bay) or Berkeley (east bay) or shoreline
    (south bay).

 
 
 

Wanted: advice on SanFrancisco

Post by Kirk Lindstr » Sat, 20 Jun 1992 02:21:39

Quote:
>I am going to be in SF at the end of June.  Can people there tell me whether
>I should bring my Bare Steamer wetsuit?  Or would that be overkill?  

>I am about at the level of an advanced beginner.  What advice can you
>give me re rental of boards and maybe lessons on how to waterstart?
>Thanks.  Markout  :)

>Mark Sandilands, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Most of the shops offer lessons.  I find a 3/2 full suit OK, beginners and
thin people like 4/3s on the Bay.  If you don't waterstart, I wouldn't sail
ANYWHERE without going with someone who knows the area and will watch for \
you.  Coyote is OK for beginners most mornings - just don't go out past the
point until you can waterstart in both directions with 1-2" swells.

If you really want to get on the Bay, get a private lesson from a shop and
they'll match your ability to the conditions and location.  Corolla at Helm
is good - tell her I sent ya and she owes me a dinner!  Roger at Shoreline
is great but $40/hr rather than 25/hr.

Be careful, we've had one death this year (someone sailing alone, slipped on
rocks, tried to breath water, it didn't work....).

Kirk out

Subject: SF_misc

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WINDSURFING SHOPS:
==================
North Bay:

San Rafael      *Windsports on E. Francisco Drive, small store
Corte Madera    *Any Mountain, small store
Sausilito       *Sausilito Sailboards on Bridgeway, small store

San Francisco:
                *City Front Sailboard on Lyon Street, small store
                 Large selection of good equipment for rent

East Bay:

Berkeley       *California Surf & Ski on Gillman, large store
               *Large selection of all types of equipment for rent
Alameda        *Alameda Sailboard Exchange, never been there

Peninsula & South Bay:

South S.F.     *Windsurf Warehouse on North Airport Drive (?), large store.
                415)588-1714
San Mateo      *Helm of Sun Valley on Amphlett
                Lessons and rentals, some consignment
                415)344-2711
Redwood City   *B&D Sports on Roosevelt, medium size store
                Large consignment area
                415)364-5995
Mountain View  *Spinnaker Sailing in Shoreline Park, small store
                New and larger facilities opening this summer
                415)965-7474
               *ASD on San Antonio Circle, small store.  Not a full-service
                store, specializes in ASD custom boards, Waddell sails,
                Fiberspar masts.
                415)
Cupertino      *Any Mountain, good sized store
                Good boards can be "demo'd
                408)255-6162
Santa Cruz:    *Ski Shop SAnta CRuz for a decent line in production boards,
                sails, and accessories.
               *Haut Surfboards on Swift Street sells Haut Custom Boards and
                have a deservedly good reputation for their 'Chophopper'.
               *Freeline Design on 41st Ave offers some good deals on used
                sailboards and will build good quality custom boards for local
                conditions.
               *Fiberglass Santa CRuz on Capitola Ave offers North Sails and
                extremely low-cost custome glass boards. Brand new 8'8" boards
                for as low as $399.

Rio Vista:     *Windcraft of Rio Vista
                707)374-2744

SAILING SITES:
==============
Crissy Field    -- advanced to expert sailing on the bay, moderate to high
                   winds, medium to large chop, strong tides, spectacular
                   views of S.F. and Golden Gate Bridge, lots of boat/ship
                   traffic.  Closest shop is City Front, about 1 mile away.
                   Full wetsuit or drysuit required.
Coyote Point    -- intermediate to advanced sailing in the bay, moderate to high
                   winds, medium to large chop.  Closest shop is Helm of Sun
                   Valley, about 2 miles away.  Shorty to full wetsuit
                   required.
Berkeley Marina -- beginner to advanced sailing in the bay, moderate winds,
                   small to medium chop.  Rentals available on site, closest
                   shop is California Surf & Ski, about 3 miles away.  Shorty
                   to full wetsuit required.
Alameda         -- beginner to intermediate sailing in the bay, light to
                   moderate winds, flat water to small chop.  Nice long sandy
                   beach, warm water.  Rentals available on site, nearest shop
                   is Alameda Sailboard Exchange, I dunno where it is.  Wetsuit
                   not neccessary, though some might want to wear a shorty.
Candlestick     -- advanced sailing in the bay in strong offshore winds, flat
                   water speed sailing.  Closest shop is Windsurf Warehouse,
                   maybe 4-5 miles away.  Shorty to full wetsuit required.
Ocean Beach     -- advanced to expert sailing in waves, onshore winds.  Full
                   wetsuit or drysuit required.  I dunno what the closest shop
                   is, I think there's something closer than City Front.
Palo Alto       -- intermediate to advanced sailing in the bay, moderate wind,
                   moderate chop.  Getting to the water at low-tide is just
                   about impossible as a slog through knee deep mud is
                   required.  Closest shop is ASD and Spinnaker Sailing.
                   Full wetsuit advisable.
Shoreline Park  -- beginner to intermediate sailing on a small man-made lake.
                   Rentals available on site at Spinnaker Sailing.  Shorty to
                   full wetsuit required.  PFDs mandatory.
Larkspur        -- intermediate sailing in the bay, moderate wind, flat to
                   small chop.  Sail in the shadows of San Quentin Prison!
                   To get to the water you have to carry your equipment down
                   a steep and narrow trail (not worth it!).  Closest shop is
                   Windsports.  Shorty to full wetsuit required.
Inland:

Lake Del Valle  -- beginner to intermediate sailing in a reservoir.  Rentals
                   and lessons available on site.  Warm, flat water.  Light
                   (morning) to moderate winds.  Scenic setting.  No wetsuit
                   necessary in the summer.  Fishing.
Rio Vista       -- Intermediate to expert conditions.  Glass Beach is a good
                   choice for first time Delta sailors.  Shorty to full wetsuit
                   required.
San Luis Res'r  -- Intermediate to expert speed sailing conditions. Most
                   sailing is done on the O'Neil Forebay.  Wind can vary from
                   70 to 0 in a single day.  Full wetsuit required as the water
                   comes from the bottom of the Reservoir.

Central Calif. Coast

NOTE:
-Sailing the coast without using the buddy system is like sky diving without a
 back-up parachute.  If you don't have it when you need it, you will probably
 die.  If you must sail alone, at least go where other windsurfers are.
-Swimming is DANGEROUS.  Watch for rip tides.  Be careful climbing rocks  and
 tidepools as we lose a few people every year to those freak big waves.
-Great White Sharks on the coast add to the danger/fun.  "They" say that you
 have a very good chance of surviving a shark attack if you have a buddy to
 save you (stop the *** flow, then get help).
-The scenery olong HWY 1 is gorgeous either N or S of San Francisco.
-Due to upwelling in the summer, the water is colder in the summer than in the
 winter.  I am quite comfortable in a full 4/3 steamer in Dec. at Pillar Point
 while I've been cold the one nice day I sailed the waves in August!

Pillar Point    -- Harbor in Half Moon Bay.  Wave sailing outside breakwater.
                   Advanced speed sailing inside breakwater during winter
                   storms where 30-40 Knot winds are common (I love it!)
                   Watch out for boats, moorings, lines etc.  Full wetsuit or
                   dry suit required.

Bodega Bay     -- BIG wind, nice camping, advanced sailing

Santa Cruz     -- Good int to expert wave sailing.  Check with Haut or the
                  ski shop for where to sail to match ability with conditions.

ITs Beach    Just arount the corner from the lighthouse at Steamer Lane.
             Good slalom sailing with some ocean chop. Oftem a killer
             beach break to braek your gear.

Natural Bridges (NB's) At the end of West Cliff Dr, this State Beach offers
             good sailing which averages 4.7 conditions. Easier launch than
             ITs, but it costs to go in.

Davenport Landing  Just NOrth of Davenport, this 'secret' spot is now
            notorious for shark attacks. Nevertheless, the sailing is great
            with both slalom and wave conditions.

Scotts Creek A few miles north of Davenport, the scene of the latest shark
            attack. Good wave sailing, not much parking. FRee.

Waddel Creek Legendary wave sailing conditions. Good parking and rigging area
            operated by State Park System. Often has strong winds and big waves.            A good Bay Sailor sould give it a try, its good fun when
            conditions are not 'epic'.  Parking is $5!!!

If I was going to visit the area for a few months and was expecting to sail
for a dozen or more days, I would probably buy a used shortboard & mast for
$400-$600 total, and bring along a couple sails and booms.  Before I left I
would sell the board and mast.  I think this would cost a lot less than
renting.  The consignment areas at many shops make this easy to do (i.e. buy
a used board at shop A and sell it again at shop B).

 
 
 

Wanted: advice on SanFrancisco

Post by Alan Samu » Thu, 02 Jul 1992 02:32:22

Quote:

> I am going to be in SF at the end of June.  Can people there tell me whether
> I should bring my Bare Steamer wetsuit?  Or would that be overkill?  
> I am about at the level of an advanced beginner.  What advice can you
> give me re rental of boards and maybe lessons on how to waterstart?
> Thanks.  Markout  :)
> Mark Sandilands, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

You can rent new F2 and BIC equipment at CandleStick park.  The rentals are by
the San Francisco School of Windsurfing (415) 753-3235.  They normally have a
huge white truck with all 92 F2, BIC, Neil Pryde, and Gastra Stuff.  Give Jeff
a call!!!

******************************************************************************
These comments in no way reflect the views of Apple.  They are my own thoughts,
beliefs, quandary's, bad dreams and real life experiences all wrapped into one!

De Blukemeister
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Wanted: advice on SanFrancisco

Post by sandila.. » Sun, 05 Jul 1992 08:09:46


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>> Mark Sandilands, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

>You can rent new F2 and BIC equipment at CandleStick park.  The rentals are by
>the San Francisco School of Windsurfing (415) 753-3235.  They normally have a
>huge white truck with all 92 F2, BIC, Neil Pryde, and Gastra Stuff.  Give Jeff
>a call!!!

My first night in SF, I went to Chevvy's for great fresh Mexican food and the
waiter there also recommended Jeff (Craft or Kraft--I forget which).  Great
guy.  He gave me a ride to Candlestick and a harness lesson and a waterstart
lesson (both on dryland) and rented a great board.  Also, although I took my
wetsuit, I thought that my booties would be overdoing it, thinking of cold
water, not sharp rocks which are in abundance at Candlestick.  So I had to buy
a pair from Jeff--good price--$25.  Had a good time even tho' the wind was a
not typical for SF.  It was almost too light for anything for a while and then
it was really gusting.  Thanks again to everyone who sent advice.
Mark Sandilands, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
P.S. We have some great winds up here if anyone is up this way.
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University of Lethbridge                           / __       [_>   -
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