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I've just moved to the area and am looking to check out Alameda or maybe Crissy Field this weekend. I'm not sure how much to trust the forecast but it looks like there will be good breeze on Saturday and Sunday. I'm 160lb and ride 11m Switchblade and am mostly comfortable going upwind but have read some iffy accounts of Crissy Field. It'd be great to meet some local riders and get out on the water with others. Let me know if you're interested or have any feedback on the areas/conditions!
Probably your best bet for wind this weekend is 3rd Ave on Saturday. Or maybe Sherman Island if you don't mind driving that far. Alameda is pretty iffy and like the other guys said, you're not ready for Crissy Field yet.
Sounds like you are a relatively new kiter. Alameda is the most beginner friendly spot but the wind is not always that great there. 3rd Ave has a lot more wind than Alameda but doesn't have the nice long beach to land on if you get into trouble. Sherman Island can be a lot of fun, especially in the summer, but you need to be able to go upwind immediately when launching or you hit land. Those are the 3 best places to go to for an intermediate kiter in this area.
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Definitely agree with the previous comments, and will add that it is still early in the bay area season, which means that the wind can be gusty, and it can build quickly. In the spring the winds are generated more by strong frontal movement here than by the pressure gradients set up in the summer by temperature differences. If you're at Third you'll meet long-time locals who are friendly and will tell you if there's something to watch out for.
Kudos for asking on here! I plan to make it up to 3rd one of these breezy afternoons if the damned phone stops ringing... (yeah, it pays to answer it, and I need a new 7m... ;).
Pretty much like others said: Alameda if windy otherwise go to 3rd. The launch at Sherman is tricky and well, you won't be comfortable fighting the current amongst container ships at crissy.
Check out boardsportsschool on FB as they post onsite video wind reports for the first two spots (I am not affiliated).
3rd ave and Sherman are def your best bet. Just show up at either of those spots if there is wind and there will be tons of friendly faces there to help you out and show you the ropes.
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I second that. Sonny guided me as well last year, he's very knowledgeable. Look up for him and his foil :D
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