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  • Welcome

    Since 2002, the Boardsports team has offered kiteboarding, windsurfing, and stand up paddling instruction, rentals, and retail sales. With exclusive teaching rights at two of the best beach locations, we assure you the best lesson and gear buying experience in the Bay Area.Visit our testimonials to see what accolades we have received from the local Bay Area community.
    • Kiteboarding lessons with IKO certified instructors, Rentals, & Gear• Windsurfing lessons with US Sailing certified instructors, Rentals, & Gear• Stand Up Paddling Lessons, Rentals, and Gear• Full Retail Shop• Equipment Demos & Events•  Online Shop
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  • SUPper Club Launch Tour & BBQ – Ballena Isle

    We are launching our “SUPper Club” with a tour of Ballena Isle in Alameda this Saturday, January 10th. Our paddle tour will depart from our “Shack” on Crown Beach in Alameda. This is a great first time paddle adventure as it’s only about 1 1/2 miles and takes about 45 minutes to complete. We will pass by Crab Cove, a nice sanctuary offering many differnt species of pretty birds. Will make our way into the marina and pass through the canal up through to the north side of Ballena Isle and back around to the beach.
    We will have 2 tour departures, one at 12:30 and one at 2pm. Sign ups required so send us an email or call to sign up. The cost is $29 which includes SUP rental and bbq. If you have your own board, the tour is free and you can join the optional bbq for $10.
    We hope you can join us!
    Jane & Rebecca
  • Jane and the boys! SUPper Club Tour 1/17/09

    Jane and the boys – Brad, Tony, John, Derick, Jane, and Peter. Kurt joined in too…and he and Peter were the only two that had gone stand up paddling before yesterday’s tour. Our paddle spanned 5 miles to and fro the southern end of Crown Beach and the Elsie Roemer Bird Santuary. We turned around at the Bay Farm Island Bridge, the longest drawbridge in the country. The weather was ideal with temperatures in the 70s and clear blue sunny skies. With the warm weather, all the first time SUPpers went sans wetsuit, and they were glad they did as they all had to take their shirts off to stay cool! We spotted 2 leopard sharks on the tour. They are harmless and gorgeous as they swim along in the shallow water. Brad said the one he spotted was nearly 6 feet long. Yikes!More SUPper Club tours to come…be sure to join our SUPper Club on Facebook. Jane
  • Ladies kiteboard social ride day & bbq Alameda

    Ladies kiteboard social ride day & bbq Alameda

    When: SATURDAY 7/9 1pm

    Where: Boardsports Alameda, Crown Beach Park

    What: Ladies social kite ride day & bbq

    Who: anyone can join, it’s free! Just bring your own gear and be ready to have fun riding with local female kiters.

    What: We will ride together and then bbq!

     IMG_6751IMG_6763IMG_6773IMG_6826Ladies
  • North / Fanatic Windsurf DEMO at Coyote Pt Thursday 6/15

    What:

    • Demo ’17 North / Fanatic windsurf gear

    Cost: Free to experienced intermediate to advanced windsurfers that want to come check out and ride 2017 North/Fanatic Gear
    BoardsSailsMastsBoomsExtentionsBases
    Skate TE 93Hero 3.4, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0Plat RDM 370, 400Plat Aero 140-190Pwer.XT Aeroi.Base x6
    Quad 75Volt 3.7, 4.2, 4.7, 5.3Plat SDM 400Plat Race 170-210Power.XT RDM x3Shox base
    Quad 81Idol 4.0, 4.4, 4.8, 5.2Gold RDM 370 x2, 400 x2Gold Race 170-210Power.XT SDM x2
    Triwave 82E-Type 5.4, 5.8, 6.2Gold RDM 430Silver Wave 140-190 x2Uni RDM
    Stubby 77S-Type 6.0, 6.6Gold SDM 430Silver Wave 150-200Shox
    FW STB TE 85Warp 6.3
    FW STB TE 105
    Gecko HRS 112
    Blast LTD 100
    Falcon 99
    Falcon 121
    Fly Air Premium 10’8

    When:

    • Thursday 6/15 – Boardsports Coyote Point San Mateo 2pm-6pm

    Check our FB and TW pages for live updates, pics, and video of the demo event
  • Matt P Windsurfing Clinic a great success…thanks Matt!!!

    Matt gave us an overview of the Tabou 87 and 97 3S boards that we had everyone demo out at the event. The boards are great all around freeride shapes,  super smooth in chop, and great for bump and jump. If you didn’t get to demo on at the event, stop by any time and we’ll get you out on one!
    We had a great turnout for Matt Pritchard’s Tips & Tricks Clinic. Thanks to
    Matt for coming out to Coyote and teaching us some new moves! Matt covered everything from fast tacks, haas tacks, carving jibes, duck jibes, looping, and wave sailing. The wind and weather were awesome both days – WNW 18-25… and Coyote was so crowded Saturday that it looked like the 80s again! The parking lot was full and the clinic was standing room only.
    Matt takes to the water at Coyote and busts a nice jump!
    Rebecca and I loved the whole weekend and hope everyone had a great time.
    Jane & Rebecca
  • 2017 Cabrinha Kite Demos May 12-14

    When:

    • Friday 5/12 – Boardsports Coyote Point San Mateo
    • Saturday 5/13 – Boardsports Crown Beach Alameda
    • Sunday 5/143rd Avenue Foster City
    Check our FB and TW pages for live updates, pics, and video of the demo events

    Cost: Free to experienced kiters that are independent and riding upwind

    What: try out new ’17 kites and boards from Cabrinha

    Kites:

    – Fireball bars both recoil and trim lite
    – Quick loop bars both recoil and trim lite
    – 17m, 13m Contra
    – 6, 8, 10, 12 Switchblade
    -7, 9, 12m FX
    – 5.5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13m Drifter

    Boards:

    135 X-caliber, 145 Tronic, 135 Ace, 139 CBL, 5’6 Spade, 5’2 Squid Launcher, Double Agent
     
  • Perfect Conditions for our 1st SUPper Club Tour

    Our 1st “SUPper Club” Tour was a total blast this past Saturday in Alameda! We had perfect weather…clear blue skies and temps in the mid 60s.Here are some of the highlights>The day started out with a private lesson for Sabastian and his dad George. They were going to join the tour, but his dad wanted to try stand up paddling before making a commitment to paddle for the tour route of 2 1/2 miles. Since George has taught downhill skiing, he was being quite modest as he picked stand up paddling up quickly and kept his hair dry! We paddled down to Crab Cove and back and they both got a great workout. Good job George! I think Sabastian is hooked too – he really liked the vantage point of standing up on the board so he could view the gorgeous beach, the East Bay hills, and see deeper into the water. We then pulled out all of our stand up paddle (a.k.a. SUP) boards to prepare for the crew departing at 12:30. This was our co-ed crew and included 12 of us in total. Mike and Sally joined in on their own SUP boards, and we had a few join by kayak as well. Jesse brought along his GPS so he tracked our paddle tour at 2.3 miles. The tide was ebbing so we got a nice pull through the canal…then had to paddle against the wind and tide to make it back to the beach. That was the section that kicked in the core workout! My arms and legs felt it that night!! Group photo opp before we depart….many in the group were first time SUPpers so we included an intro lesson on paddle stroke technique and body stance. Despite a bunch of newbie rookies, the group stayed dry the entire way! Crab Cove in the backdrop. Crab Cove was a major beach amusement area from the 1880s through the 1930s (called Neptune Beach and thought of as the Coney Island of the west). It included a roller coaster, salt water spa baths, baseball competitions, and the invention of the snow cone! Once WWII rolled around, the military took over the land for training purposes (the current Crab Cove visitor’s center was the infirmary). After being turned into a state beach in the 60s, it’s now a marine sanctuary and there is some fine bird watching. Two of our tour paddlers, Bob and Mike, were able to point out some Grebes, Buffleheads, Sandpipers, and Oyster Diggers. The Oyster Digger is my favorite – please dig some oysters up for us! Oyster Digger Bufflehead. Very adorable! I wish I could take this little one home! Is my bathtub big enough?You know you are getting old when bird watching starts to get really appealing! Here is a site for identifying some of the birds you can spot in and around Crab Cove.Making our way into Ballena Isle Marina…sun is shining, the weather is sweet!! The boats and houses along the canal are pretty lux. How about walking out your back door and jumping onto your SUP board…or better yet your 30 ft sailboat! Check out this condo for sale…one of the homes we passed on our paddle.At high tide, we have to duck under this bridge to make it through. The tide has a 10 foot range…going from a negative 2 ft low tide up to a postitive 8 ft high tide. We had the ebb tide pulling us out of the canal…making for an easy glide…we didn’t even need to paddle through this part! San Francisco in the backdrop…and Tim as our tour SAG (support and gear) paddling in a kayak at the rear to make sure everyone was safe and sound!Thanks again Tim! He was even giving out paddle tips when needed 🙂Will and Aliza pausing for a photo opp…is this January in California? We’re rounding the bend and paddling back to the shack, against the tide….just before the wind kicked up and gave us a run for our money! That is where most of our calories were earned! Good thing we had the bbq to return to…I was ready for that cheeseburger in paradise!Our 2pm tour was SOLD OUT and turned out to be all LADIES! Are those bikinis?Jesse helps all of the ladies launch their boards. Rebecca (far left) guided the ladie’s tour. Aparently this group was not really into the bird watching…they were all a bit younger! Hey, which way is the canal? Carrying the board is really easy alone, but effortless with an inchworm troop! Rebecca and Susan basking in the sun at dusk….returning just in time for our summer in January BBQ complete with burgers, dogs, veggie burgers, and chicken. We can’t wait til our next SUP tour…stay tuned for dates and times.Join our “SUPper Club” on facebookJane
  • August Naish SUP Race Series August 8, 15, 22, 29

    BOARDSPORTS SCHOOL & SHOP LAUNCHES THE FIRST OF FOUR AUGUST STAND UP PADDLE RACES AT CRISSY FIELD.The race course was a trip to the yellow buoy shy of the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, around Blackaller buoy, around Anita Rock buoy, and back to the beach. We had 10 racers in all, paddling on everything from an 11′ Uli inflatable SUP (Michael came in 4th!) to the Laird 12′ (Jean came in 1st!). The weather was gorgeous – sunshine and warm. No wetsuits needed! See videos and pics below. Race results are noW posted on our Boardsports School & Shop website.Jesse from the Coast Guard and our beloved staff member, knows racing logistics so he helped plan the event. Pre-race group shot. Tried to get the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, fog interfering… The START! The dog definately wanted to join the race…next time! Jean approaching the beach finish in a time of approximately 25 minutes….riding a Laird 12′ and using a Powerex Sean Ordonex Paddle (visit our gear page to check it out and buy one!) Jean, leisurely walking across the finish line…he had a significant lead.Jean is no stranger to wining…check out his US Windsurfing National Championships race results from last week! Joe was not too far behind…congrats to our Boardsports Team Member for finishing 2nd!! He paddled the Naish 12′ Glide (winner of the final of the race series wins a 14′ Naish Glide and trip to Maui) and the Powerex Sean Ordonez Carbon Paddle. We have both in stock at our retail shops if you want to come demo or purchase them! Fred and Jesse at the finish. Congrats to the TOP 3 Finishers…Jean Rathle (Laird 12′), Joe Miller (Naish Glide 12′), Fred Anderson (Jimmy Lewis 11′). 4th place to Mike Acquino on the inflatable Uli 11′In 5th place, Joe’s friend Jesse from out of town…he had paddled just a couple of times before today.After the race they were going to head up to Bolinas and paddle the waves on their SUP boards.AJ, way to bring it up from the rear to finish 6th..and you didn’t even fall in! He said that he had only paddled once before today. Dean on his nice 11’2 Starboard. Karen from San Diego, on a Naish 12′ Glide…and super cool adjustable telescoping Sawyer paddle. Looking cool, calm and collect after about a 2 mile race…good job Sam! And Allen with a big smile…glad to be in to the finish line and ready for the next race.All in all a great time and lots of fun. Can’t wait for next week!! Call 415.385.1224 or visit our website to sign up.Jane
  • Sandy & Donny from Kitopia teach kitesurfing Surf Board Clinic at Coyote Point 5/3/2013

    Sandy and Donny, owners of Delta based Kitopia kitesurfing school, teamed up with Boardsports School and Shop to offer an intro to riding a surf board clinic. Turn out was fantastic, we had 20 people join the clinic! The focus was to get first timers up and riding on a surfboard, but also included how to jibe and tack a surfboard.
    Sandy and Donny from Kitopia Kiteboarding School in Rio Vista (the Delta)
    Sandy, Donny, Bruce (F-One), Rebecca and Jane
    Bruce came out to show us the full 2013 lineup of bamboo F-One surf boards
    We have a full line of directionals in our demo fleet, including Naish, Nobile, North, F-One, and Jimmy Lewis. You can rent/demo these boards at our Alameda or San Mateo locations. We have a fully stocked retail shop with new boards too!
    Donny teaches attendees how to ride a directional surf style kiteboard
    Attendees watch Donny make it all look too easy
    Donny’s jibes, tacks, and roll tacks were all butter smooth. He’s my inspiration!
    We had light wind, but enough to demonstrate the key skills and get everyone on the water
    After the clinic we enjoyed burgers and beers til the park closed! Thank you Sandy and Donny for teaching an awesome clinic!