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  • Boardsports Wins “Best Surf Shop” Voter Award, Bay Area Ch 7

    We are happy to announce that we received the Bay Area A List “Best Surf Shop” award for 2017!

    Thank you very much to all of our customers who voted for us, we greatly appreciate it!

    Tips from Voters

    fun, quality instruction, and a sense of community. windsurfers and kiters share in the fun; there’s respect, loyalty and community. Jane and Rebecca set the stage for a cohesive environment, fun experience and a Love for life!

    Birgitte Y. ⋅ February 25, 2017

    Hands down the best team to learn kitesurfing from in the Bay Area!

    Tibor M. ⋅ February 24, 2017

    I come from out of town and I can rent all of my gear and wetsuit etc. and just go out and play! I rent in the package- buy four rentals and get the fifth free.

    Karen H. ⋅ February 23, 2017

    Everyone is so nice! Feels more like a school or community than a store and makes everyone feel welcomed as they get into water sports.

    Guillaume D. ⋅ February 22, 2017

    Great service and knowledge of their products, competitive prices, friendly and helpful. My first go to for all my kiteboarding needs, from equipment to lessons.

    Paymon M. ⋅ February 22, 2017

    Rebecca, Jane and Kipps are knowledgeable about all aspects of the sport because they do them all at expert level. They provide personalized service, great prices and the most welcoming shop atmosphere anywhere. Coyote Point and windsurfing in the Bay Area are greatly enhanced by their presence. We all appreciate them!

    Bill M. ⋅ February 22, 2017

    Great equipment, great instructors, beautiful and easy into the water locations! The BEST,

    susanalameda ⋅ February 22, 2017

    Love this shop, they have it all!

    Robin R. ⋅ February 22, 2017

    Awesome community and so welcoming to newcomers!!

    Allison C. ⋅ February 21, 2017

    Amazing customer service, always down to help out. Supported many random last minute requests that made the difference between having the right set up for my kite trips or not

    James D. ⋅ February 21, 2017 

    Wonderful instructors, friendly staff and all around great local business.

    Bonniesteier S. ⋅ February 21, 2017

    Super helpful finding the right gear at a reasonable price. Great on water support when needed.

    Steven R. ⋅ February 21, 2017

    Wonderful wind, even more wonderful people!

    Tony X. ⋅ February 21, 2017

    Great instructors and great sales on selection on water sports gears

    Randolph T. ⋅ February 21, 2017

    Best team of wonderful talented individuals.

    Gabi T. ⋅ February 21, 2017

    Awesome knowledgeable folks who have a great shop. Support local business!

    Steohanie N. ⋅ February 15, 2017

    Helpful and friendly staff.

    Michael H. ⋅ February 14, 2017

    The friendliest shop service!

    Chris C. ⋅ February 6, 2017

    Great personal service. Great knowledge of the sport and the equipment. The BEST experience before, during, and after purchase.

    Brian B. ⋅ February 4, 2017

  • Spring has sprung, OPENING day in Alameda this weekend with great wind!

    Rebecca and I headed over to Alameda on Saturday for some Spring cleaning and enjoyed a gorgeous, warm day. Temps were in the high 60s, and the consistent, gentle breeze beckoned me onto the water on the 14′ Naish Glide Sup and 5.5 Naish Session. I couldn’t quite bring myself to put on a full wetsuit (yes, Barbados and St. Lucia totally spoiled me this winter), so I opted for my 2mil top and shorts…and was plenty warm enough. I cruised around for a while, enjoying the relatively warm water for this time of year. The water was crystal clear as well…perfect for shallow water stand up paddling. After enjoying my leisurely sail, I was happy to be surprised by our kite instructor Benjamin. He dropped in for a visit while in town, and it was just like the old days hanging out at “The Shack”. Rebecca and I decided to open up officially on Sunday…as the forecast predicted good north west winds. We had a beginner windsurf renter come out. He almost got planing on the 12’6 Starboard SUP and 4.5 Hot Sails Maui sail…so once I saw him jamming along, I knew there was hope for some good wind. Around 3:30pm it picked up nicely, and before I knew it there were 25 kites on the water. Wind was averaging around 19 by 4:30pm…and later was gusting into the mid 20s.Jesse headed out to teach our first Intro To Kiteboarding Clinic, and I pumped up my 12m Naish Cult and grabbed my 137 Nobile 555 board. Somehow I ended up putting my 3/2 wetsuit on (not knowing it wasn’t my 4/3) and realized it out on the water. I was actually warm enough…which is a miracle for this time of year. When the Tahoe snow starts to melt, I imagine the water will get chilly, but for now it’s blissfully warm for March.All the usual suspects came out to grab the first great Spring winds. Arde was on his 19m Naish Raven all day and managed to hold it down. Tim was out riding on his 15m Naish Boxer, enjoying some solitude upwind by Ballena Isle. Sven, Tomomi, and Scott came out (Happy Birthday Scott!!!) to ride. Loud Mouth Charlie was out and was hoping his new puppy didn’t eat his car while he was on the water. Thor was out on his new 12m North Rebel (nice kite Thor!!). Kevin came out later and rode his 8m North Rebel and was powered enough. That made me feel silly for riding my 12m. I am just so used to a big kite!All of us are happy to be back out on the water to greet the Spring winds. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that our good fortune continues. Jane
  • BEACH CLEAN UP @ COYOTE PT SAN MATEO Sunday 5/8 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

    BEACH CLEAN UP @ COYOTE PT SAN MATEO Sunday 5/8 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

    what: Coyote Point San Mateo Beach Clean Up / Access Improvementdate: Sunday 5/8time: 9am (get there on time for low tide!)where: meet at Boardsports Shop, 1603 Coyote Pt Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401FREE PARKING – volunteers gain free access to Coyote Pt Park for the beach clean upRECEIVE 2 VERY COOL BENEFITS by coming to clean up this sunday at our coyote pt shop San Mateo, 9am sharp:1) $20 off any purchase of $100 or more at shop on sunday (San Mateo, non-sale items only).2) get a free 1 year PRO membership to ikitesurf/iwindsurf real time wind and weather forecast service, value $120 (new members only)CoyoteRocks3_17_2016What to Wear/Bring: wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty. we will walk along shoreline and pick up small debris rocks. rocks will go onto an electric wheel barrel cart, and then we will drive those rocks up above water line to stash above the water line. bring work gloves if you have them.Background: The Coyote Pt Shoreline has had a significant rebuild and improvement over the last two years. The shoreline was reinforced with large rocks, a new pedestrian/bike path was put in, 3 large access ramps down to the beach were installed, and the old pilings were removed. This is now a world class windsurf/kitesurf/stand up paddle spot! We just need help removing small rocks at the shoreline that interfere with smooth footing. We need as many helpers as possible to make it easier! Please come out and join us if you are able! Remember free parking for all volunteers.
  • 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!
  • 2016 Nobile NHP Snowkite Board Test Review – Downhill Conditions

    NOBILE NHP SNOWKITE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION & BOARD TEST

    The NHP Snowkite is a board dedicated to be used in the snow with a kite. It’s not just a regular snowboard with a kiteboarding brand logo. When designing this model, we used all our experience and passion to develop the best performing board on the market, whether for snow or ice. You’re looking at massive pop, a versatile flex pattern and unique 20-meters progressive sidecut radius. This is the weapon of choice for all snowkiters. Our unique construction results in an insanely comfortable ride without being forced to upwind all the time, while the Nobile Snowkite provides extraordinary grip, both on toe and heel-side edge, allowing you to hold more speed, especially when going upwind. Our patented Snake Transition offers tons of control and response, even on icy and hardpack conditions, while still maintaining a fun flex. This board is also just as happy being used as a regular snowboard for those days when the wind isn’t playing ball.nobile nhp snowkiteFEATURES: * Snowkiting dedicated twin-tip * 20m side-cut * Maximum carving performance and edge-to-edge response * Massive POP and extraordinary controlSizes: 148 157 164

    Nick’s Review:

    Here is a review from one of our customers in Colorado who was curious to try the Nobile NHP Snowkite board in regular snowboarding / downhill conditions. His review reveals that the Nobile is a great board not just for snowkiting, but also for regular snowboarding!snowkiteNobile

    1st: Nick inspects the board’s shape and describes unique attributes: 

    The Nobile has a reduced side cut angle to help keep it from edging upwind too much when kiting. The more dramatic the side cut angle, the easier it is to initiate and make sharper turns on the slopes.  So you would think a reduced sidecut would be harder to turn. Another feature that I noticed and had not seen advertised much was a wavy edge profile on the bottom of the board towards the center where the riders feet are. I think they call it the Snake Transition, but its not given much explanation on the site. You can’t see it looking directly over the board from the top, but if you look at it from the side you can see the wave pattern and you can definitely feel it when you run your hand along the bottom.  I believe this wave pattern helps grip the hardpack snow, frozen lake ice when kiting and groomed slopes. There are two other companies who use the same type of concept except their bottoms are smooth and the waves edge flares out on the sides, so you can see it looking strait down over the board. They call it “magna-traction” and its used on Lib-Tech and GNU snowboards.

    2nd: Nick chooses boards to ride side by side with the Nobile, based on it’s unique attributes:

    So given those two features that seemed to be the most dominant things affecting the Nobiles performance. I chose two boards to ride side by side that would help me get a feel for differences in the features on the slopes. Both boards were shorter than the Nobile, but they were all the same width at 26.5 mm. The first was an old Lamar XWide 159 Directional twintip. This board has a very deep side cut so I chose it to compare to the Nobile reduced sidecut. The second was a 2016 GNU Smart Pickle 159 Wide twintip with Magna-Traction edge. The MT edge has a pretty strong following in snowkiting here because of the grip it has on the ice with the kite. It’s not designed for kiting so the sidecut is more pronounced than the Nobile. I thought it would be good to compare the MT edge to the Nobile wave bottom.

    3rd: Nick’s Board Test & Review:

    I was at Eldora, it’s 30 minutes outside Boulder and is known for less than ideal conditions because it’s so close to the foothills.  The conditions were mostly packed powder and 70% of the runs were groomed. We had a big snow several days before so some of the less traveled blacks were still somewhat powdery.
    Here’s what I thought:
    Turning: The Lamar with the increased sidecut did turn better and sharper but I feel the Nobile felt more stable and grippy than the GNU with the MT edge.  On the Nobile I was able to carve easily on hardpack groomed surfaces as well as what powder was left. I think that wavy bottom really made a difference on the hardpack.
    Stability: The Nobile felt more stable at higher speeds than either of the other boards. It might have been the extra 5 cm of length but it was noticeably more stable.
    Speed: This was the only area that the Nobile fell a little short.  Both the other boards were faster. I had another guy with me testing them so we were able to compare speeds on the different boards. I gave him an extra pair of my boots and was running the same bindings on all boards.  I had freshly waxed and tuned the other two boards, the Nobile was fresh out of the box so if it’s not pre waxed at the factory that could have been the reason.  I’m going to wax and tune it before the next time out and see if it makes a difference.
    Overall: So far, I’m really surprised by the Nobile. I’ve known we were moving the shop out here for a while and had been looking at it online since then. On their website they threw in that last sentence stating that it could be used on the slopes too and I wondered if that was just something they were saying to sell boards.  The day we tested it, the Nobile was the one I had the most fun on.
    Thanks to Nick for sending us your test ride experience! Check out the board on our online store.
  • Best wind season in years in Alameda!

    We have had one of the best seasons ever for wind this year.  We have seen more solid wind days than in any year since we started managing the school (2002). This has helped us get more beginners up and riding and stoked on their new gear!
    Come out and get some of the good wind. The forecast for the 4th of July weekend is more of the same…and we are open all weekend (including the holiday tomorrow).
  • Adding Jetskis to our fleet for 2010….kite lessons in San Mateo

    I had some fun going jetski shopping today. We are adding 2 jetskis to our fleet for our kiteboarding lesson program in San Mateo. We will continue to offer our full kiteboarding lesson program from both our Alameda and our San Mateo facilities. Come learn how to kiteboard with us!
  • Top 10 reason’s to BUY LOCAL

    Support your local shop - we/they appreciate it!

    Support your local shop – we/they appreciate it!

    • We will do our best to MATCH or BEAT ANY ONLINE PRICE!
    • NO SALES TAX on out of state orders
    • 3 Retail Locations Alameda  San Francisco San Mateo
    • Validated parking at our Coyote Point Park / San Mateo location (when coming into shop)
    CALL: 415.385.1224 or email [email protected]Top 10 Reasons to Support Your Local Shop (hopefully Boardsports in the SF Bay Area)
    1. Equipment Expertise & Service: Kiting and Windsurfing are complex sports from an equipment standpoint. We can help you with product knowledge , gear reviews, and local knowledge (what size kite/sail/board works best for each local spot). We will also show you how to set it up and rig it properly.
    2. Gear Demos: We demo equipment at all of our locations. This allows you to really know what you are getting and know how much you like it!
    3. Have Somewhere to Buy Accessories When You Need Them Most: When something breaks when you are out sailing or kiting, you can’t buy a quick replacement online. If everyone shops online, the local shops go out of business and you have no where to go when the wind rocks, but you’re missing a part. We will do our best to match online prices, so you get a good deal too!
    4. Instant Gratification: When you are psyched to buy gear, why wait to receive it? Buy from us so you can walk away with gear in hand.
    5. Buying Power Discounts: The more you buy from us, the more of a discount we can give you.
    6. Warranty Support: If you have any issues with your gear, we shop can help support your warranty. That saves you the trouble of dealing with shipping your gear off to some far away place, and waiting for it to be fixed.
    7. Safety Knowledge: Any local shop is a great resource for helping you to stay safe. Most kite shops will not let people even buy kite equipment without the customer having taken lessons. Your local shop knows the local conditions and can outfit you with the right safety gear (knife, strobe light, whistle, spare line, etc.). Do you know how to perform a self rescue in the middle of the Bay? Let us help keep you informed and outfitted for safety.
    8. Swap Meets: We host swap meets every season. This is a great way to buy inexpensive used gear. We usually have a special sale going on at the same time.
    9. Repair Services: We can help you with all of your gear repair needs. Support your local shop so you have somewhere to go to fix what breaks!
    10. Feel Good Supporting Businesses That You Like: Find a shop you like and support them. Buying online can be an impersonal experience. Getting to know your local shop owners and shop employees can not only help your equipment buying needs, you may make new friends. Supporting your local community just feels good!
    BOARDSPORTS CUSTOMER REVIEWS:“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 session including how to rig my new kite, how to tune it, and how to care for it. They also showed me how to be comfortable launching and landing at the crowded beach. The info and help I received was invaluable. Thank you Boardsports!” – Tedd Paff, Boardsports School & Shop Customer“I live over 4 hours away from this shop…..but I was searching for a new stand up paddle board and was a having a difficult time tracking one down or getting any help. I was calling shops from So-cal up to the Bay. These shops wouldn’t even return my calls and one guy didn’t even seem like he wanted to sell me a board and kept calling me “Bro” and “Dude” (I think he got hit on the head too many times by a longboard). I searched and found Jane at Boardsports. I called her up to see if they had the board I wanted in stock. They did not but she called the company and got one shipped to me in four days! Excellent service, very friendly, highly recommended! I hope to one day make it down and visit Jane and Rebecca and catch a few waves. Excellent Service!”‎ – Stephen, Boardsports School & Shop CustomerMore customer accolades on our Testimonials page
  • 3 Day Progression Windsurfing CAMPS – NEW!

    Join us for a 3 day windsurfing progression camp! Get immersed in your progression and put 3 days on the water improving your skills.Prerequisite: * Our 2 day beginner lesson or equivalent (you can windsurf in both directions)Goals: * Improve your fundamentals * Learn new skills such as tack/jibe, harness, beachstart, waterstart * Have fun with peers and maximize your learning with 3 days in a row of land based simulator instruction, water time, and video feedback analysisSkills covered: * Mastering stance, turning (tacks/jibes), harness, beachstart. Topics driven by participant backgrounds, goalsP3What is included: *Gear rental, instruction, and video analysis.What to bring: *Towel, sunblock, warm clothes, bag lunch, water, snacks.Dates: July 17-19 Aug 7-9 Aug 14-16Cost: $399 includes all gear, instruction, and video analysisRegisterProgressionLayer
  • SUP Tours – explore the Bay Area with us!

    STAND UP PADDLE TOURS:

    One of the nicest ways to tour and take in the sites around the Bay is by Stand Up Paddle Board

    One of the nicest ways to see the sites around the Bay is by Stand Up Paddle Board Touring. Boardsports has a full Tour schedule for you to see the sites!

    Jesse (right with orange cap) is our SUP Tour Manager and has 10 years of US Coast Guard experience to help you have a fun and safe tour!

    Jesse (right with orange cap) is our SUP Tour Manager and has 10 years of US Coast Guard experience to help you have a fun and safe tour!

    We offer diverse SUP tours as a great way to explore the wondrous waterways of the San Francisco Bay Area! We chose some of our favorite paddle spots, and our tours will give you a unique perspective of the gorgeous landscapes that surround us. Wether it’s a casual social paddle you are after, an ECO educational tour in a marine sanctuary, or a longer fitness paddle, we have all the options for you!

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