Best Place to Learn in Bay Area?

Best Place to Learn in Bay Area?

Post by Todd Hof » Fri, 22 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Can anyone recommend a good place to learn
wind surfing in the bay area? I'd prefer individual
instruction rather than a group.

Thanx

 
 
 

Best Place to Learn in Bay Area?

Post by Bill Prinzmeta » Sat, 23 Dec 1995 04:00:00

There are many places to learn windsurfing in the Bay.  Here
are a few:
   Near Mountain View: Shoreline park in Mountain View (near the
        Amplitheater) has a good school and program.  I do not
        know about individual lessons, but one thing that I like
        is that they have intermediate as well as beginner lessons.
   Berkeley Marina has two excellent programs.  Cal Adventures,
        related to UC, as a 2 day lesson sequence.  They also
        go into intermediate lessons.
        Cal Sailing Club (CSC), next door to Cal Adventures, it the best
        sailing deal in the US.  It is a coop sailing club with
        everything from sailboards (beginner to advanced) to
        27 foot yachts.  All for $45 / 3 months!  The only catch
        is that it is a coop and instruction might be uneven.
        (I teach there!)  There is a CSC home page, check it out.
    Berkeley Board Sports gives lesson at Crown Beach in Alameda
        in the summer.  Nice place to learn with a sandy beach.
    Lake Del Val (about 15 miles outside of Livermore) is an excellent
        place for first timers.  The school is good, the water is
        warm.  Also, about twice a summer they do a 4 days windsurfing
        clinic with ABK sports.  An excellent way to get into the sport.
        (Note, Del Val is closed in the winter, no water.)

Finally, subscribe to the Windsurfing Magazine.  There are tips each
month from beginning to advanced sailing.  Also various clinics
are advertised there.  

 
 
 

Best Place to Learn in Bay Area?

Post by Charles Tayl » Sun, 31 Dec 1995 04:00:00

I learned at Foster City Lagoon and thought it was ideal. They also
rent stuff at Candlestick now, which may be even better. Candlestick
would be much less safe though, if no one is keeping an eye on you.

 
 
 

Best Place to Learn in Bay Area?

Post by Sean Wagsta » Tue, 02 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Can anyone recommend a good place to learn
> wind surfing in the bay area?

The sailing center at Shoreline park in Mountain View has lessons, but the
wind's pretty gusty at best.

Probably the best place to learn overall is the windusrfing school at Lake
Del Valle, which is in the east bay. I think one of the shops in Berekeley
also gives lessons our of a van at Larkspur, near San Quentin, which has
ideal beginner conditions. I'd definitely stay away from Crissy Field,
Candlestick and Flying Tigers until you're up to speed - or else you may
find yourself in the middle of the Bay having a bad day...

 
 
 

Best Place to Learn in Bay Area?

Post by Ellen Chandl » Wed, 03 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>> Can anyone recommend a good place to learn
>> wind surfing in the bay area?

>The sailing center at Shoreline park in Mountain View has lessons, but the
>wind's pretty gusty at best.

I think that half the people in the Bay Area learned at Shoreline.  Its a
safe place to sail by yourself, especially when the wind picks up and you
are learning to waterstart.

Quote:
>....... I'd definitely stay away from Crissy Field, Candlestick  
>and Flying Tigers until you're up to speed - or else you may find yourself
in  
>the middle of the Bay having a bad day...

At Candlestick, the San Francisco School of Windsurfing gives lessons to
people who have had at least one day of lessons previously. The school uses
a raft and outboard motor to transport wayward students back up wind or to
shore if they get tired.  Lessons are given early in the morning before it
starts to rip.  The San Francisco School of Windsurfing gives first time
beginner lessons at Lake Merced in San Francisco. They've taught a lot of
people to sail.  
 
 
 

Best Place to Learn in Bay Area?

Post by Jaime Corde » Thu, 04 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:




>>> Can anyone recommend a good place to learn
>>> wind surfing in the bay area?

>>The sailing center at Shoreline park in Mountain View has lessons, but the

>>wind's pretty gusty at best.

>I think that half the people in the Bay Area learned at Shoreline.  Its a
>safe place to sail by yourself, especially when the wind picks up and you
>are learning to waterstart.

Shoreline used to pop about 1000 people a year through there beginner course,
second biggest in the US (I used to teach there). It's best for beginners,
and becomes progressively less good as you get better. Where do all these
people go ? Beats me. The STAFF is adequate for beginners, their experience
and skill level decrease dramatically as you get better.

The location lacks adequate wind for really good waterstart practice.
Additionally, the bottom drops off substantially, making it much harder
to practice waterstarts, especially in the summer, when the beach is crowded
and the tendency is to drift down into the other people launching.

It is however, an excellent winter storms sailing location, when winds can
shift 180 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Quote:

>>....... I'd definitely stay away from Crissy Field, Candlestick  
>>and Flying Tigers until you're up to speed - or else you may find yourself
>in  
>>the middle of the Bay having a bad day...

>At Candlestick, the San Francisco School of Windsurfing gives lessons to
>people who have had at least one day of lessons previously. The school uses
>a raft and outboard motor to transport wayward students back up wind or to
>shore if they get tired.  Lessons are given early in the morning before it
>starts to rip.  The San Francisco School of Windsurfing gives first time
>beginner lessons at Lake Merced in San Francisco. They've taught a lot of
>people to sail.  

On this note, I should say that another windsurfing school is starting this
year with experienced staff, including me, a very good to excellent
location (MUCH better than Shoreline, somewhat better than Candlestick), and
associated with a prime windsurfing store.

I'm not in a position to make an announcement, but stay tuned.

Jaime

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Best Place to Learn in Bay Area?

Post by Carlos Miqu » Fri, 05 Jan 1996 04:00:00


writes:

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>> Can anyone recommend a good place to learn
>> wind surfing in the bay area?

There is a small lake in Foster City (Hillsdale Blv.) They even rent
equipment during the Summer time. it's not the greatest, but it did it for
me.

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