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  • 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!
  • Kiteboarding Demo Weekend – Fri 5/13, Sat 5/14 & Sun 5/15

    We are hosting a multi-brand DEMO WEEKEND!

    F-OneLogo  NorthlogoCabrinhaLogo


    Friday 5/13, Boardsports Coyote Pt San Mateo, F-ONE Kiteboarding DEMO 2pm-6pm

    Saturday 5/14 3rd Ave, Foster City, Upper Launch, NORTH & CABRINHA 3pm-6:30pm

    Sunday 5/15 Boardsports Alameda, NORTH & CABRINHA  2pm-6pm

    Cost: Free to experienced kiters that are independent and riding upwind What: try out new gear, boards and kites from F-ONE, North, & Cabrinha DemoWeekend NorthDemoTour 2016 CabrinhaAction2  
  • Naish Crissy SUP Rec Race Series Saturdays in August, 10am

    NAISH 2009 SUP CHAMPIONSHIPS for AUGUST Every Saturday (Aug 8 start) 10am at Crissy Field (in photo, MJ from Pacific Boardsports (Naish), Rebecca (Boardsports Owner), Nick (Naish) Naish is pleased to introduce a weekly Recreational Race Series that will be held in 10 to 15 Cities across the US and Canada between now and August 31st. The series will include both men’s and women’s classes, and boards will be restricted to 12’6” and under to provide a level playing field, and keep the event centered around the surf culture. Boardsports School & Shop will be hosting the San Francisco Series every Saturday morning at Crissy Field. The top 3 men and women from each city will be invited to compete with racers from across North America for the Championship race in San Diego, CA on September 13th, 2009. The races are designed to be fun for paddlers of all levels, with the goal of increasing the visibility of the sport. The general format is as follows: Series Length: 4 Weeks total duration, Every Sat (Aug 8 start) in August 10am at Crissy Course: Course Race around Anita Rock and western buoy Length: Races will typically last 30 to 45 Minutes Divisions: Men, Women Entry Fee: $20 Series, $5 Race Equipment: Race entrants bring their own SUP boards. Board rentals are available with advance reservation from Boardsports School & Shop. Contact info below to sign up. Jane — Boardsports School & Shop Alameda – San Mateo – San Francisco Voted “Best of the Bay” 415.385.1224
  • Great wind for North Kite Demo 4/25 in Alameda

    Dan Schwarz (new North rep as of this Spring) and the North pro team rider John Van Malsen paid us a visit on their West Coast North Kiteboarding Tour this past weekend. We got very lucky with the wind Saturday in Alameda. Around 4pm, the winds kicked up to 25+ and we got a lot of people out on the new 2009 line of North kites and boards. Dan said it was his most successful demo over the two week tour – with lots of riders hungry to try all of the North goodies. With such a nice setup in Alameda – good wind, sunshine, and a great crowd, we were pleased to have another successful demo event. The highlight of the demo was of course the 2009 North Rebel. The kites were great last year, but have some significant improvements in 09. We’re not sure what else they can do to this kite as it seems to be near perfect. Here is a description of its’ riding characteristics> “The 2009 Rebel is bashing down the barriers of free-riding and surfing! The clean, simple 5 line design delivers smooth, reactive steering, extreme resistance to back-stalling when over-sheeted and the most direct bar feedback yet. Our unique quad strut configuration produces a light weight kite with quick turning and a snappy feel which makes the bigger sizes feel more crispy and lively than ever! The quad strut also helps create a very clean center profile that delivers constant, predictable power for free-ride comfort. The Rebel is heavily reinforced with Dacron to take some severe thrashings in the surf and come out in one piece. The combination of decreased weight and a rounder arch helps prevent the Rebel from falling quickly when the lines go slack while surfing making it easier to recover from steering errors. One pump inflation for added simplicity.” I got a chance to ride the 10m Rebel last week in Alameda…and was very impressed by the “snappy feel” and stability of the canopy through turns. The 10m had quite a bit of power, and I was able to crank upwind on a light day. The massive depower also makes it a very forgiving kite that will please beginners…just sheet out when that gust comes and the kite lets go of the power. I have been watching Yuri play on his Rebel in Alameda for some time…now I can see why looping the kite is so easy on a Rebel. Lots of response, quick turning, and a steady smooth ride. We have the 09 Rebels available for demo (and new ones in stock if you know you already want one) at Alameda and San Mateo. Come by anytime to try one out if you are in the market for a great new kite! Dan invited me out with his crazy buddies Saturday night as well. Even though Dan is now 30 something…I am guessing his very cute and lively friends were in their 20s. I was hoping I could keep up with them and I did my best for a few rounds at Mas Sake on Lombard. I had my first experience with Sake Bombs…where you fill a glass with beer, place 2 chopsticks on top of the glass, rest your sake on the chopsticks, bang on the table to drop the sake into the beer, and shoot it back pronto! Drinking with the boys reminded me of my days back on the east coast with my financial buddies at Merrill Lynch…taking me to crazy clubs in Manhattan and trying new fangled concoctions. Oh to be young again! I had to head home early Saturday night so I could wake up Sunday morning and teach the stand up paddle clinic in San Mateo at 9am. That is what saved me in the end… After teaching a great SUP clinic in San Mateo with sunshine and perfect flat water conditions, I made my way to Crissy for some more North demos and / or sailing. We got a few more people to try out the Rebels…but it was a bit holey and gusty, so I opted to take a maiden voyage on my new windsurf board and sail…the Tabou 76 3S and bright orange Hot Super Freak. I had a total blast and got to sail with Abigail, Rigapasta, Mary, and the regular Crissy crew. I miss hanging out there and will make time this year to get in some great sessions there. We have some more great demo weekends coming ahead over the next month. Stay tuned on our website for dates/times/locations. Bye for now. Jane
  • F-One Kiteboarding Demo Sat/Sun 4/28-29 @ 3rd Ave

    We will be out at 3rd Avenue this coming weekend to demo all the 2010 F-One Bandit III kites and F-One Boards. Come ride some new stuff and check it out!
  • Rent the Starboard TANDEM Windsurf Board in Alameda

    Windsurfing just got to be twice as much fun! Come out to our Alameda facility and rent the 2009 Starboard Gemini. This is a wide style tandem board that allows you to have twice the fun! Now you can have those conversations with someone else while sailing (as opposed to talking to yourself all day!). Rebecca and I tried sailing tandem while down in Mexico, and had a blast. Jibing is a trip without luggage! This is great form of entertainment for beginners, advanced sailors, and families with kids. I plan to sail it with Rebecca and my dog Zoe! I get the back seat Rebecca!!! (we recommend you put the shorter more durable sailor in front). Here is the review from Windsurfing Magazine> Test date: 9/18 Location: Merritt Island, Florida Wind: 4-9 mph, 8-14 mph Water conditions: Mild wind chop Tester(s): Josh Sampiero, with Eddy Patricelli and Sean Sullivan Level: Advanced, expert, advanced Weights: 220 lbs., 180 lbs., 140 lbs. Yes, it really is that big – the Starboard Gemini tandem board. Starboard Gemini Volume: 350 liters Length: 372 cm Width: 101 cm Fin: 70 cm Sail size: 2.0-10.0 m First take • It’s big. Real big. It dwarfs any other windsurfing board I’ve ever seen – and takes up as much floor space as a small sailboat. There’s no question it’s going to be stable – but can something that big actually be fun to sail? • It’s a good thing the board is designed for two people – because it almost takes two people just to carry the thing. • Long Formula-type fin, with a relatively normal-size centerboard. The Gemini has three mast tracks – two for tandem and one in the middle for solo sailors. Full EVA deck is soft and easy on the feet or knees – good for beginners. First sesh – light winds I climbed on for my first tandem experience with veteran tandem windsurfer Eddy Patricelli. The first rule of tandem sailing is that the heavier guy always goes in back, so I got in the pilot’s position and Eddy took shotgun. The 70 cm fin made getting away from shore a little tricky, but once we were going, it was easy sailing. • The board floated our combined 400 pounds of weight with ease – I’m betting it could take more if needed. If there was ever a board made for an NFL offensive lineman, this is it. • Sailing – In light winds it’s stable, but not a particularly fast light-air cruiser. Just sailing along is no difficult feat, but synchronized pumping definitely requires some practice. We tried kicking the centerboard up to get planing but no luck – there just wasn’t enough wind. • Headed upwind, then downwind, with no problem. The board turns slowly, as expected, but steering is fairly intuitive – it works just like any other board you’ve ever sailed. Tacking and jibing is a dance that requires communication and timing. The sailor in front leads, and the sailor in back follows. It’s a little tricky at first, but once you’ve got the timing down, it’s a breeze. Remember to duck! Second sesh – more wind, less weight When the wind came up later in the afternoon, I grabbed WindSurfing’s featherweight board tester Sean Sullivan to introduce him to the thrills of tandem sailing. With some bigger sails and our reduced combined weight, would we get the big board on a plane? You bet! • Getting onto a plane is fairly simple. Bear off, kick up the centerboard and away you go. Though the Gemini has Formula board width, its length means it slowly climbs onto a plane, rather than popping up quickly like a shortboard. • As far as I know, there’s no tonnage rule in windsurfing – but this board might inspire one. Once you’re up and planing, steering is certainly possible, but it didn’t happen fast. Fortunately, other sailors tended to give the Gemini a pretty wide berth. • After a few runs, Sean and I are in perfect harmony. We bear off onto a plane, then move into the straps at the same time. Transitions are initiated with a simple “1, 2, 3” countdown. Since I’m using a 10-meter sail in the back, we stick mostly to tacks, though jibes – slow, not planing – were possible, too. We’d definitely want some more time sailing the board, preferably with smaller sails, before going for a full-speed jibe. Although I didn’t have a GPS, we were able to attain some pretty impressive speeds, almost keeping up with other sailors on normal windsurfing gear. Boujmaa Guillol (front) and Eric Girard enjoy having room for two on the Starboard Gemini. Conclusions This is serious fun! The best part of sailing a tandem isn’t the actual windsurfing – it’s having company while you’re doing it. Windsurfing can be such a lonely sport when you’re out on the water, you forget how much fun it is to enjoy the company of others. Plus, there’s a thrill to working in concert with another windsurfer – and getting the massive board powered up on a plane is a blast. Starboard is marketing the Gemini as bringing a wide-board, early planing shape to tandem windsurfing boards – and I think it’s succeeded. With enough sail power and moderately skilled riders, the Gemini will get going in a relatively light breeze – it had Sean and me planing in 10-14 knots. The biggest drawback to the Gemini is that its sheer size isn’t very practical – it’s not going to fit in most vans, and probably isn’t very easy to get on the roof racks, so it’s not something you just bring along for a day at the beach. Its long fin might be limiting for some locations, but it is offered with a shallow-water fin (we did not have a chance to test the board with it). But as a board for windsurfing schools, or as something to keep at the family lake house, it’s pretty tough to beat – a tandem board will provide hours of endless fun no matter the wind conditions. The coolest aspect of the Gemini? How quickly it will create new windsurfers. A tandem board allows complete newbies to experience the thrill of sailing without the common frustrations of learning. They can watch and imitate you while getting instant feedback from the board – minus the shouting.
  • 4th of July Wetsuit SALE – 15% OFF


    Come on in and get a new wetsuit!

    15% off (non-sale items)

    In-store purchases only

    Alameda & San Mateo

    We are open all weekend at both shops.

    4th of July weekend hours & directions
  • 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
  • North Kite Demo May 18

    Come check out all of the new 2012 North Kites/Boards with rep Dan Schwarz. He is in town for the weekend and will be hosting a full demo with the entire 2012 lineup. Locations will be confirmed based on best wind/weather as we get closer to the date but for now we are planning> Friday May 18th at COYOTE POINT San Mateo 2pm – 7pm w/ BBQ (Alternate location Alameda if wind looks better there) Saturday May 19th at 3rd AVENUE Foster City 1pm-6pm Sunday May 20th at ALAMEDA 2pm-6pm
  • 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…
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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