Continent
North America
Country
California (USA)
Next Big City
San Francisco
Next Town
San Francisco
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Shop, Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Parking

Water

Type:
Flat, Chop, Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
Currents, Ships, Bridge
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Low tide, Coming tide, Falling tide

Strong tides. Flood are very hard to ride here. Water condition very greatly even on the same day from flat as a board to psycho chop to large waves near the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Beach

Type:
Grass, Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
Bystanders
Beach Users:
None

Sandy beach with a grassy rigging area. The beach is almost always packed with people with small children and dogs. Rigging on the lawn is OK. The best place to launch is on the west side (GG side) of the lagoon (less people and upwind of the windsurfers). The wind can be very light on the beach. Keeping the kite in the air can be challenging, and luffing into the air is a major concern. Also, your kite can fall out of the sky as winds drop to zero. Hence, be aware of people and get off the beach asap. Stick close to the beach until you are comfortable enough to head out the GG Bridge.

Weather

Spring:
Normal
Summer:
Normal
Fall:
Normal
Winter:
Normal

Wind

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

Season: March to October, 6-7 days a week. West wind. 85% 18-22 mph, 10% 15-18 mph, 3% 22-30 mph, 2% 10-15 mph. Off season: November to February. 6-10 days a month. Storms, north onshore winds around 20 mph. Once you go to the beach, the wind can be very light on the beach but nuking on the outside. Rigging the right kite size is imperative. Think nuking outside rather than mellow inside. Also, the wind can die on the inside, so make sure you are a very good swimmer.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Directions: From Sonoma, Marin and most East Bay locations cross the Golden Gate bridge. Take the second off ramp which goes to Lombard St. As you go down the off ramp make the first right in to the Presidio. Immediately go right again and go several blocks crossing under the freeway. Continue to the beach side parking. From the Peninsula head north on Hwy. 280. Merge with 19th Ave. Continue through Golden Gate Park on Park Presidio. Just before the Golden Gate Bridge take the offramp going towards the Marina District. Then follow the instructions above.

Extra information

Rules
Other

Nightlife

Great nightlife in San Francisco.