Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the hottest new craze taking over water sports. It’s ease of learning and great core workout attracts water enthusiasts of all types. SUP is part paddling, part balancing, part surfing. On flat inland water, you can cruise and glide while touring the local sites. On small swells, you can easily paddle into and ride the waves. You can also take your SUP board and put a windsurf sail on it – a multi-sport blast! Come rent a SUP board at one of our demo centers and try it out.
Boardsports School & Shop enjoys exclusive teaching rights at 2 of the best beach locations in the Bay Area – Crown Beach Alameda and Coyote Point Park in San Mateo. We have long sandy beaches, and shallow warm water. Learn at these two ideal beginner locations where you will come back to rent a SUP board on your own. We offer beach side rentals as well as full retail. We can outfit you with all of the gear including SUP board, paddle, leash, and SUP apparel.
Intro to SUP - Your First Glide
I emailed several shops but only this one understood what I was looking for. Rebecca helped me get a good fit on a women's harness. She shipped it to me and followed up a week later just to check in on the fit. Her communication was incredibly fast and informative.Patty H. W. - Boardsports Online Shop Customer, Google Reviews
“Kiteboarding is a tremendous amount of fun, and Crown Beach was the perfect place to learn. I was impressed by how Boardsports places a huge emphasis on safety and learning how to kiteboard properly.”Jim Lumis of Novato, Boardsports Kiteboarding Student, Alameda Magazine
"We had an awesome time paddleboarding for the first time! Our instructor gave a clear and concise explanation on how to paddleboard and good tips for all of us (most of which, were first time users). I would really recommend trying this place out, it has great rates, and Alameda is beautiful on a sunny day!"Tiffany T. - Stand Up Paddle Clinic Student, Yelp Reviewer
"I was very happy [with the beginner windsurfing class]. This was a very effective lesson - very detailed, good communication, very deliberate. I was impressed."Jill, Windsurfing Student, Windsurfing Magazine, Voted "Best School"
“My instructors were top-notch. My sessions were controlled and fun. I will be recommending this lesson to my friends."David, Kitesurfing Student, San Francisco Magazine, Boardsports Voted "Best of the Bay"
“Your instruction was great. You had an awesome balance of great attitude with an ability to push me to move beyond my comfort zone while encouraging me to feel safe and comfortable. I will be recommending Boardsports.”Jonathan, Kitesurf Student, SF Bay Guardian, Boardsports Voted "Best of the Bay"
"Like most people, I looked online for prices and deals on kite equipment. I decided to buy my gear through Boardsports School & Shop and I'm so happy I did. They gave me a free rig and tuning session, and helped me launch my gear for the first time. The info and help I received was invaluable - thank you Boardsports!"Tedd Paff, Boardsports Customer, Customer Feedback
Boardsports' Crown Beach location offers gentle winds, mellow vibes, low traffic, warm(er) water, and a shallow, sandy take-off zone perfect for learning launch and steering maneuvers.Brad, Weekend Sherpa
The owners, Jane and Rebecca, are both so great - both expert kiteboarders, windsurfers and SUPers, know the gear inside and out, truly care about their customers and are easygoing and nice to deal with. Highly recommended!Kirby S., Bay Area A List - Boardsports Voted "Best Surf Shop"
"When the surf is down, and the winds are slight, it's time to walk on water -- or so say an increasing number of Bay Area residents reveling in one of today's hottest sports, stand-up paddle boarding."Susan Hathaway, San Jose Mercury News