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  • 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
  • Matt Pritchard Clinic / Demo / BBQ Aug 2-3

    Pro Windsurfer Matt Pritchard is coming to town! Come join us at Boardsports School & Shop @ Coyote Point, San Mateo on August 2-3 from 1pm-6pm. Matt will host a FREE Tips & Tricks Clinic, Tabou 3S DEMO, and Happy Hour BBQ. Matt can help you with your jibes, loops, wave riding, and other freestyle moves.
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    Boardsports School & Shop
  • Beginner SUP Clinic – Mon-Fri – 30% off!

    BEGINNER WEEKDAY GROUP SUP CLINIC – 30% OFF!GroupSUPHave your own private group on a weekday at a discount!Want to have your own group learn on a weekday for a deal? Sign up as one group (one person pays) and have a minimum of 4 people, and receive 30% off our regular weekend SUP Beginner Lesson. Minimum group size 4 people, maximum 10 people. Price per person $49. Available at our Alameda or San Mateo location Monday-Friday only.Ages 12 and upREGISTER HERE
  • 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
  • Summer Kids Camps – Windsurfing

    Are you planning for your kids summer sports camps? How about windsurfing kids camps! We offer kids camps throughout the summer for ages 7-12 at both Alameda and San Mateo. You can also sign up your children for 1 on 1 private lessons. We recommend our private lessons for kids ages 4-6!
  • 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
  • How Not To Kill Your Kite

    Besides the obvious (not crashing your kite, stabbing it with a packing knife, or burning it with a cigarette butt) follow these steps to maintain the life and value of your kite, and prevent expensive repairs…
    1. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR KITE PARKED IN THE SUN OR HOT ENVIRONMENT. If
    you’re not kiting, pack up your kite or move it into the shade. UV rays
    will degrade the fabric, make the canopy weak and prone to blowouts,
    cutting your kite’s life in half. Think about the ways the sun can burn
    and damage your skin. Also, in hot conditions, air inside the LE will
    expand while your kite is baking in the sun can exceed the kite’s
    maximum PSI, causing the LE bladder to explode. If your kite is left in
    a hot car, the valve glue can fail, causing ALL of a kite’s valves to
    delaminate at once. This is an expensive repair. Sometimes this can
    happen if the kite is in the luggage compartment of a plane on a hot
    tarmac. Remove your kite from a hot car/cargo box and if possible try to
    bring your kite as carry on luggage if you’re traveling someplace hot –
    sometimes it’s possible to pack two clean kites into one bag for this
    purpose.
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    2. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR KITE FLAPPING IN THE WIND. If you’re not riding,
    pack up your kite or anchor it in a safe leeward wind shadow. If you
    notice a lot of white cracks forming in the tail edge of your kite, it’s
    the UV coating being beat to death by the wind – think of an old flag
    that’s been flapping in the wind for a while. As this UV coating
    degrades, your kite’s canopy also becomes less water resistant and
    heavier after it lands on the water. This changes the performance of the
    kite, as the material becomes saturated, heavier and less responsive.
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    3. CLEAN YOUR KITE. After being packed up, sand left in the kite will
    act like sand paper against the canopy and LE Dacron, abrading the
    fabric and causing pinholes that will turn into full on blowouts when
    the kite is crashed. ALSO, when sand is packed up with the kite, it will
    work its way inside the LE and struts and can cause pinhole leaks in the
    bladders. A simple tool to use is a small hand-broom, or even a rag.
    Keep it in your kite bag and before you deflate your kite, just take a
    minute to brush off the sand especially from the cracks between the
    canopy and inflatable frame. And when you do pack the kite, try to pack
    it loose instead of tight. Salt crystals can also abrade over time, so
    for long term storage also rinse the salt crystals from the kite with
    fresh water, and DRY COMPLETELY so it won’t mold.
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    4. INSPECT YOUR KITE FOR PINHOLES. Check the canopy, LE and Strut
    materials for small holes and repair them. If unchecked, these WILL turn
    into full blowouts when the kite is crashed on the water or when under
    pressure. Two easy ways to avoid pinholes: don’t pack your kite with
    sand and make sure the neoprene covers for the one pump hose clips are
    actually covering the hard/sharp plastic hose clips. NOTE: Sharp-tipped
    beach grass, sea shells and rocks can also cause pinholes, so try not to
    set your kite on those.
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    This is a great write up from one of our instructors. Use these guidelines to make your kite last longer. The instructor who wrote this article can help you out with bladder replacement, bladder repair, valve repair. Contact us by email to arrange a repair. But honestly, he rather just ride with you, so follow his suggestions so you can maximize your time on the water.We sell repair kits and supplies.We also have a list of local repair services around the SF Bay Area
  • 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
     
  • Nobile & Firewire KITE Demo Sunday 7/17 + Felix Pivec!

    Join us to try out all the 2016 kites and boards from Nobile & Firewire!

    When: Sun 7/17 Where: 3rd Ave San Mateo, lower launchForecast is for high teens to low 20s in the channel. Lighter near shore. Max Ebb is 4pmTime: 1pm-6pmCost: Free to experienced kiters that are independent and riding upwindWhat: try out new gear, boards and kites from Nobile & Firewire and see/meet Firewire Pro Rider Felix Pivec!Nobile Boards:SPLIT Boards>NHP SplitInfinity Surf Board SplitNHP Board2HD BoardT5 Board50/50 BoardFirewire Kite Surfboards:Vanguard and VaderFirewire Pro Rider Felix Pevic is in town and will be joining us for the DEMONobile Kites:50/50 Kite hybrid CT5 Kite – Performance Freeride Wavenobile infinity split nobile 2hd 2016 nobile nhp split 2015 Nobile Infinity SplitFirewire
  • Trip to Oregon to test Kite, Wind, and SUP Gear

    Rebecca and I spent last week up in Oregon to test out some ’09 gear and have some fun on the river and at the coast. We had a blast of a week – and got very lucky with the conditions. Here is a bit about our trip…
    Friday, August 8 – fly to Portland from SFO and drive 1 1/2 hrs to Hood River, OR
    We drove straight to Pacific Boardsports (north american distributors for Naish) to meet up with Charlie, Nick and MJ. The crew was unloading a container of ’09 goodies, but had time to stoke us out with windsurf and kite gear, and got us on our way to get a session on the river.
    Rebecca and I dropped by Big Winds to say hi and get the scoop on the forecast. They pointed us slightly east for the best wind, so we hit Doug’s Beach and they were spot on! The wind was pretty gusty and in the high 20s, but it was a perfect warm up session for sailing in the gorge. I was on a 75 ltr Naish Pro Wave and 4.2 Force and Rebecca was on a 65 ltr Naish Pro Wave and 3.7 Session. The gear was sweet and we got it dialed in for the weekend.
    Saturday Aug 9 – get up and go sailing!
    Saturday the forecast dictated we hit the road for Roosevelt (the delta of the gorge – 1 1/2 hrs drive east of Hood River). The drive along the Columbia River was gorgeous. As we got further east, we saw the wind continue to build. By the time we got there, it was gusting into the low 40s and we were wondering if we were going to be able to hang on to our 4.2/3.7 sails. We rigged up, hit the water, and lasted about 45 minutes. It was too windy and super gusty. That day got chalked up to a nice drive along the river. Here is a video clip of the conditions (notice the inside is light so winds were NW and GUSTY at Roosevelt). The little 4 year old had no trouble with his fast tack!!
    Sunday, Aug 10, get up late and go sailing!
    We slept in Sunday and had a big breakfast in our awesome Skamania Lodge room. We once again hit the road and headed to our new gorge favorite spot, Doug’s Beach. Although the launch can be a bit of work (you have to drop your gear at an opening/crossing in the rail tracks, carry it down a hill, walk back up and then go move your car). The sailing spot is sweet and worth the effort with great wind, nice ramps for jumping, and some of the smoothest swell around.
    Once we dropped off and walked down our gear, we went back to move the car and change into our wetsuits. The string of parked cars went back about 20 cars, so we pulled in and gave ourselves several car lengths of space so we could get half naked and change into our suits without being right next to our parked neighbor (who was also changing). While I was half exposed and in the process of pulling on my wetsuit, I started to hear a train approaching behind us (we were in between the road and the rail tracks). With the train approaching and the tracks just adjacent to my half naked state, I was about to be exposed to the driver. I screamed to Rebecca to quickly pass me a towel. I avoided a full flash, but the driver could not resist blowing the horn “whuuuuhhhh wooooooo”. I did not know train horns could do that. Ah, the efforts and adventures we go through to windsurf!
    Here is Rebecca enjoying our favorite session of the trip – 3 hours of solid sailing on Sunday afternoon in 28mph winds that were relatively steady.
    Monday, Aug 11, get a quick ride on the ’09 Naish Cult, then head to the coast
    Monday the forecast was for light winds, so we decided to test out the ’09 Naish Cult and then head to the Coast for our Starboard dealer meeting. We went to the Event Site and rigged up a 10.5m and a 12m. Kiting at the Gorge is a bit intimidating, especially with the crowds and the normally gusty high winds. The Event Site proved to be quite welcoming and friendly, and due to the light winds, we managed to enjoy a nice session before heading out. The new kites turned super fast and are even easier to water relaunch, so we know the “Cult” will continue to be an easy kite to love.
    We picked up Kipps, one of our windsurfing instructors, at the Portland airport Monday evening, and headed west of Portland 1 1/2 hrs. to the little town of Netart’s Bay. After a gorgeous drive, we arrived in time to catch sunset and dinner at the local Schooner Restaurant. Tuesday, Aug 12 thur Friday Aug 15 Staboard Dealer Meeting and Product DemosThe rest of the week was made up product meetings and demos. The crew at Trident Sports hosted a top notch week of fun and our hosts included Declan and Tracy (organizers extrodornaire), Scott Mckercher (2004 World Wavesailing Champion), Svein Rasmussen (owner of Starboard), Ekolu Kalama (3x champion of Molokai to Oahu SUP race), and Jim Drake (inventor of windsurfing). We all stayed in a cozy little cabins and condos at the Edgewater Inn, complete with a wood burning fireplaces and views of the breathtakingly beautiful Oregon coast. We didn’t have to get in the car all week so we got much needed respite from the trappings of city life. The most exciting stuff we heard at the meetings was about Stand Up Paddle boarding’s new explosive growth around the world. The SUP growth is bringing many of our memories back to the early days of windsurfing… when everyone was getting into it and you could see it everywhere (1 in 3 Europeans owned a windsurfer in the 80s). The promise of this new craze is to bring lots of newbies into a very easy to access sport. SUP has many cool features including a built-in awesome core workout, super easy for anyone to learn, tons of fun to cruise/tour on flat water/lakes/bays/open ocean, and easier to catch waves than regular surfing as you have that nice big paddle to help out.The new ’09 12’6″ Starboard SUP (“The Cruiser and fastest, nicest one to take out with a windsurf sail) features an optional retractable centerboard – so we can help beginner windsurfers easily make the crossover….as well as easliy get SUP entrants into windsurfing. Netart’s Bay was a perfect setting for for testing all the Starboard SUPs. I woke up early one morning, and caught a nice paddle all through the bay, complete with views of bright orange starfish and sensational bird watching (oh golly, I am getting old!). The best part of our coastal stint was catching up with other schools and shops around the country and sharing ideas for promoting windsurfing and SUP. We had a lot of fun hanging with Mark from “East of Maui” in Annapolis, MD, Mark & Steve from Big Winds, Captain Kirk from LA and Baja, Jim Ballantyne from Sailworld Cape Cod, Randy & Angela from Worldwinds Corpus Christi, TX, Simon from Toronto, Wardog from Santa Barbara/surfingsports, Pete DeKay from Windport Mag….and many others! Thanks to Naish and Starboard for such an awesome week! We’ll be back next year 🙂 Jane