Rental Equipment/Windsurfing stores in S.F Bay Area (long)

Rental Equipment/Windsurfing stores in S.F Bay Area (long)

Post by Pond Sc » Fri, 26 Apr 1991 07:01:27


Someone from Australia sent me mail asking about the availabilty of rental
equipment in the S.F. Bay Area.  I lost the senders return address and thought
others might be interested, so I'm posting here.  If you have any additions

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
                (there are others, I just don't know of them)

East Bay:
Berkeley        California Surf & Ski on Gillman, large store
Alameda         Alameda Sailboard Exchange, never been there

Peninsula & South Bay:
South S.F.      Windsurf Warehouse on North Airport Drive (?), large store.
San Mateo       California Sailboards on Amphlett, large store
Burlingame      Sealevel is out of business, I think (anyone know what
                happened?)
Redwood City    B&D Sports on Roosevelt, medium size store
Mountain View   Spinnaker Sailing in Shoreline Park, small store
                ASD on San Antonio Circle, small store.  Not a full-service
                store, specializes in ASD custom boards, Waddell sails,
                Fiberspar masts.
Cupertino       Any Mountain, medium size store

RENTALS:
========

Rentals are available at the following sailing sites:

Berkeley Marina:        Califonia Surf & Ski has a large truck there with
                        rental equipment.  During the normal windsurfing season
                        I think it's there daily, only on weekends at other
                        times and not at all during the off season.  Best to
                        call for more info.
Alameda:                California Surf & Ski has a shack there for rental
                        equipment.  I think the same schedule applies here as
                        for Berkeley Marina, again, best to call first.
Shoreline Park:         Rentals available at the shop which is right next to
                        the sailing lake.

In addition, I know that the following stores have rental equipment, there are
probably others:

California Surf & Ski       -- Large selection of all types of equipment for rent
California Sailboards   -- Large selection of all types of equipment for rent
City Front Sailboards   -- limited selection of high-performance demo equipment
Windsurf Warehouse      -- I heard they have rental equipment, but I don't know
                           what

SAILING SITES:
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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 California
                   sailboards, 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, a slog through a knee deep, mosquito
                   infested swamp is required at other times.  Closest shop is
                   ASD, but they aren't a full service store.  Closest full
                   service store is probably Spinnaker Sailing.  Full wetsuit
                   required, unless you don't mind walking bare-legged through
                   the swamp.  Yuck!
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.

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
about $400 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.


 
 
 

Rental Equipment/Windsurfing stores in S.F Bay Area (long)

Post by Will E Est » Sun, 28 Apr 1991 11:31:50

<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
<about $400 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.

This is a great idea.  The only thing I wanted to add is that the
only sites in the South Bay (south of San Francisco) that
consistently blow at 20mph or above seem to be those around the
San Francisco Airport (Coyote, Candlestick, and Flying Tigers).
The sites to the south of this seem to have more far more
inconsistent winds, and only rarely above 20mph.

Maybe someone from the North Bay could summarize which locations
consistently blow above 20 mph during the summer?  I recently
found out that Bodega Bay has its peak wind conditions between
April and June; it actually averages over 20 mph during April.  I
assume that this would also be true for parts of Tiburon Bay given
their proximity to Bodega.

Thanks,

                  UUCP: apple!cup.portal.com!Will

 
 
 

Rental Equipment/Windsurfing stores in S.F Bay Area (long)

Post by Jim Munro x24 » Sun, 28 Apr 1991 01:43:05

Quote:

>Someone from Australia sent me mail asking about the availabilty of rental
>equipment in the S.F. Bay Area.  I lost the senders return address and thought
>others might be interested, so I'm posting here.  If you have any additions


        I'll add a few for Santa Cruz as we probably count as SF Bay e
        'area'
Quote:

>WINDSURFING SHOPS:
>==================

        Windsurf Santa Cruz     Small shop, good advice, custom
                                equipment.

        Haut Surf Shop          Small surf shop. Excellent quality
                                custom wave and wave/slalom boards
                                Dealer for Northwave sails.

        Freeline Design         Custom wave/wave/slalom boards, variety
                                of accessories. Good wetsuit stock.

        Santa Cruz Ski Shop     Bigger stor with good selection of
                                production boards and sails. Often
                                organizes 'demo days' at San Luis Dam.

Quote:

>RENTALS:
>========

>Rentals are available at the following sailing sites:

        Cowell's beach          Sheltered beach, lessons available.

SAILING SITES

Quote:
>==============

        Cowell's beach          OK for beginners.

        IT's Beach              Good slalom sailing sheltered by kelp beds.
                                Killer shore break. Long slow-breaking wave
                                for begginer wave sailors.

        Natural Bridges State Park      USually more wind than IT's, easier
                                launch and moderate to big chop. Speed
                                zone inside kelp beds.

        Davenport Landing       Stronger winds and big chop. North end of beach
                                is chop-hop. South end, wave sailing.

        Waddell Creek/Scott Creek       Top class wave sailing locations. Mast
                                high waves, huge chop. 30 knot winds.  
                                Frequently sailable by mere mortals.

        O'Neill Forshore, San Luis Reservoir    When its foggy on the beach,
                                it's blowing at this central valley location.
                                Excellent winds, flat water, and location for
                                annual 'Speed Check' competition.

Jim Munro