Continent
North America
Country
California (USA)
Next Big City
Oakland
Next Town
Alameda
 
Type:
Ocean, Lake
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Shop, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Chop
Hazards:
No information
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Located in the SF bay. Choppy, sometime quite flat. Brackish bay water. The water get some wind chop when it blows steady from the West. During the winter months December through March storms from the South cause decent wind swell and generally gusty challenging conditions.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
Rocks
Beach Users:
July, August

1 mile of soft sand beach. Large regulated kite launch and landing area. Please respect posted rules so that we do not lose access. When in doubt please ask for help. Everyone that kites here is friendly and will offer to help land or launch your kite safely. Quite crowded in summer. Some rocks just downwind of launch (marked). Launch area is compact and congested, but works OK. The beach is narrow and small for the number of kiteboarders that may show up. Adherence to the rules makes this launch safe for all.

Weather

Spring:
Normal
Summer:
Shorty, Normal
Fall:
Normal
Winter:
Normal

Wind

Best Months:
April, May, June, July, August, September
Wind Type:
Thermal, Frontal
Best Direction:
W
Main Direction:
W, WNW, NW



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

From Oakland follow sign to Alameda then find Crowne Beach Park at the intersection of Otis Drive and Westline Drive (8th street). Fly in to Oakland airport. Upon leaving the airport turn left on Doolittle. Go straight for about 5 miles and look for a small sign on your right that prompts you to turn left to the beach. This is the down wind end of the beach. Drive along the beach to the other end is there is plenty of parking.

Extra information

Rules
Zones

Follow kitesurfing guidelines posted on the shack at the beach. Restricted launch area with separate rigging area enforced. Leashes must be used on kites. Very good spot for beginners - long downwinders (2 miles) available with beach-walk or car ride back. Stack up kites out of launch area. Rig up and get out on the water. No flying your kite on the beach.

Nightlife

For epic nightlife head into San Francisco a 10-15 minute car drive. There is also plenty of public transportation to get you there.