BayAreaKite wrote:Welcome to bayareakiteboarding.com STAY A MINIMUM OF 200FT. AWAY FROM THE BEACHES AND SHORE AREAS
No jumping and doing tricks close to shore - there is no room for recovery if anything goes wrong. Everyone can see just fine and will appreciate it that you are acting safely. If you are working your way upwind make your turn and head back out.
Please be considerate and watchful of others. Help make this a great area and a great sport.
I was just there today, I feel like some people forgot about that rule. But hey, nothing got wrong and those boosted back roll were beautiful to watch from the beach and I definitely learned from it.
Watched a guy back roll less than 20 feet from the sand. Looked pretty cool as he walked up the beach smirking at his admirers then stumbled into a deep hole some dog had dug and nearly ditched his kite. Ya just never know when something can go wrong no matter how mad ur skills r!
Hence the rule
As to showing off ur tricks of course we want people to see us....
"Look mom no hands" "Look mom no teeth"
Admin TY for your posting. Might print this and post on site.
Hi guys, thank you for guidelines. I've just joined bayareakiteboarding to find more info about spots in North California.
I'll visit Folsom in one week, will be for 2-3 weeks and definitely want to try some of your spots. Will the Sherman Island work in the middle of April (chance of wind, direction, locals on spot)? What other spots do you recommend? Folsom lake?
The other thing: do you know where can I rent just a board? Can be old one. Maybe somebody from you has a spare one and can share? I can pay of course. And can take my straps&fins:-). Unfortunately cost of taking a board in a luggage is bigger than its value:-/ I'm int-adv rider, using the gears responsibly.
Anyway, can't wait to meet some of you:-).
BTW, if you want to know anything about spots in Poland especially Pucka Bay feel free to contact me. We have great and safe spots for beginners and advanced riders if you like flat water.
You should sign up for an ikitesurf.com (or windalert.com, same site/company) free 2-week trial. You can check wind in real time, set alerts to smart phone/email, etc.
You can also check out the historical data. April in aggregate doesn't look bad at first glance but it looks skewed by N(NNW) winds. You want W, WSW, WNW. I've seen Sherman pop-up on my site list with decent winds but it will start getting more consistent toward May.
Hey Folks, I see this guide was changed in 2004. Any changes since then ? I'm planning to hit Sherman this weekend if winds are favorable. Perhaps someone could update this post if there are many changes ?
Talk to the people there. There's always someone standing around waiting for you to hand them a beer and willing to share the rules.
Stand back and watch for a few minutes before you pump up and lay out your lines.
Dont be a dick (not saying you are, but everyone has a "dick" button that can be pushed.)
If you are not proficient at staying up wind, pay attention to the tides. Ebb tide is good for staying upwind and for swell. Flood tide is good for flatter water and for getting washed downwind if you suck. Ebb is starting from sunup until about 1pm on 6/28/14 and 6/29/14.
Once you are in the water, get away from the launch.
Watch out for other beachgoers and fisherman and polehuggers.
Dont hog the flatwater by the islands by dropping your kite every pass.
Do bring beer.
Do have fun.
If everyone is rushing to get to shore...might be a good idea if the wind is dying.
There is Little Baja if you get washed downwind...look for a wind meter, carpet and a couple couches on the levee.
Dont ride in the playpen where the polehuggers launch.
Be careful when riding through the polehugger lane.
Right hand forward has right of way.
Pass on downwind side if possible.
When passing by a kiter, downwind kiter keep kite low, upwind kiter keep kite high.
Pay your park use fee.
Double check your rigging before you launch.
If someone tells you that you are putting up way to much kite and that's your smallest kite, drink beer and watch.
If someone yells punch out or pull your release, dont hesitate....just pull it. Your hide and your ass will thank you.
One path goes out to the beach/water, one path comes back to the rigging area.
Help others launch and land if you have a moment.
Keep kites stored outside or at the edge of the rigging area.