>I need a speed slalom thing fast - there is a hellish wind here in
>the mountains. So, a board shop around here offers me a Sputnik,
>claiming it to be the fastest production board ever, for $999,-.
>Do you like the board ?
>Do you like the price ?
>Do you know a good surf shop in the SF Bay area ?
>Do you know another good speed slalom ?
>Cheers, Henrik Klagges
Without knowing your weight and just how much wind you are talking about, I
can't make suggestions. I wouldn't trust advice from anyone unless they
asked those two important questions (14 knots is "hellish" to my boss who
is just learning to sail while I consider >40 knots hellish or at least
Here are some shops to try. You can get semi-custom epoxy production boards
with straps and fin for $999 at several of these shops. If you are over
200 lbs, then I like the 1991 CFX.
9'9" Velocity, 8'8" Challange Flex & 11'6" Malibu
Wt 215#, Ht. 6'0", Home water => Coyote Pt, SF Bay, Cailf.
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San Rafael *Windsports on E. Francisco Drive, small store
Corte Madera *Any Mountain, small store
Sausilito *Sausilito Sailboards on Bridgeway, small store
*City Front Sailboard on Lyon Street, small store
Large selection of good equipment for rent
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.
San Mateo *California Sailboards on Amphlett, large store
Large selection of all types of equipment for rent
Large consignment area
*Helm of Sun Valley on Amphlett
Lessons and rentals, some consignment
Redwood City *B&D Sports on Roosevelt, medium size store
Large consignment area
Mountain View *Spinnaker Sailing in Shoreline Park, small store
New and larger facilities opening this summer
*ASD on San Antonio Circle, small store. Not a full-service
store, specializes in ASD custom boards, Waddell sails,
Cupertino *Any Mountain, medium size store
Good boards can be "demo'd
Santa Cruz: *Santa Cruz Windsurfing
Rio Vista: *Windcraft of Rio Vista
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
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.
Rio Vista -- Intermediate to expert conditions. Glass Beach is a good
choice for first time Delta sailors. Shorty to full wetsuit
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
-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.
-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 WS Santa Cruz
for where to sail to match ability with conditions.
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).