[East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

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[East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby OliverG » Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:34 pm

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Alameda kiteboarding guidelines can be viewed here. Location and directions can be found at the East Bay Regional Parks page which can be viewed here. Photos showing the hazards can be viewed

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"Alameda is the best location I've seen in the world to learn to kiteboard"
Christo Tasti, kiteboard world champion

Many good things can be said about Alameda as a kite-boarding destination. Generally mild conditions and friendly community spirit await the kite boarder. An array of park facilities are available making Crown Beach a great family getaway. With its location in San Francisco bay, Alameda enjoys nice weather year around.

Crown Beach is a sandy oasis in the rock lined bay area. The launch/land area sits on the point of Crab Cove. A beach shack marks the location of the designated launch area and many kiters congregate during good days. Two miles of down wind beach allow kiteboarders safe haven to come ashore. Few hazards are known in the waters off Alameda, the most prominent have been clearly marked by locals.

Winds vary seasonally and are known as the mildest in the San Francisco Bay Area. The "season" extends from spring to fall with kiteable days to be had year around. Mild thermal winds are generated from cold waters off San Francisco. In peak season fog spills over "The City" drawn by hot conditions in the East Bay. Warm winds in the range of 10 to 15 mph fill in each afternoon when conditions prevail.

Extreme conditions are rare at Alameda and are confined mostly to storm events. During strong storms Alameda's placid waters become roiling white water. South winds cross thirteen miles of bay water generating chop up to three feet. Onshore winds coupled with powerful gusts make for potentially dangerous conditions, leaving only advanced and foolhardy kite boarders on the water. Lots of jumping and spectular wipeouts attract "gawkers" to the mayhem. Easterly winds of great strength are rare, and offshore conditions make them unridable. Hot easterly winds are very turbulent and the few kiters that have attempted these conditions met disastrous results and required rescue.

Considered safe for learning, Crown Beach has been the training ground for many bay area kite boarders. A school operates out of the shack in summer training lots of newbie's. Beginner to intermediate lessons are available, but reservations are a must!

A number of traveling professional kite boarders have visited Alameda beach showing locals the hottest new tricks. Some pros came to Alameda to learn the advanced technical tricks now required in the highly competitive world circuit.

In response to the growing number of kiters using Alameda beach, local riders and the park system developed mutually acceptable kiter guidelines. † The beach can become congested so kiters need to work together to keep things flowing smoothly. Downwind kiters coming ashore often find crowds of beach users and shallow conditions encourage lots of swimmers and waders. Avid kiters encourage strict adherence to the posted guidelines on "The Shack". Irresponsible behavior threatens restrictions on kiting. Please remember "kite boarding is a privilege not a right"!

Contributed by L.M.G., 2004here.
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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby skinnytirez » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:01 pm

Hey everyone! 1st time at Alameda, and actually 1st time kiting in the USA before...
My Fiancé took some pictures of me and others out there last sunday.
Here are the photos- if anyone wants high res. PM me!

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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby g00mbs » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:14 pm

I haven't kited at Alameda with South wind before. Looks like the up coming weather systems will deliver some South wind.

I'm looking for any tips or things to watch out for with that wind direction.

For instance would it be better to rig up further down the beach (south of the shack)?
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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby WindMuch » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:14 am

g00mbs wrote:For instance would it be better to rig up further down the beach (south of the shack)?


Yes, when I kite Alameda on South winds I usually park on the main road (Shoreline Dr) and rig/launch from further to the South (around Shell Gate, Fair Haven or Sand Beach Roads.)

This gives you some extra space downwind (towards the Shack), in case you get blown down wind and/or need a place to land in an emergency. It's also nice because there are (cold) showers at the Shack to rinse your gear off (if it's not raining super hard and rinsing your gear already!)

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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby Ron » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:32 pm

The beach was completely rebuilt this winter (December 2013) and there is now a lot of room to launch in front of the shack. No need to rig on on the grass anymore. However there are a lot of sharks on windy days due to the shallow waters so be careful.
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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby g00mbs » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:13 pm

WindMuch wrote:Yes, when I kite Alameda on South winds I usually park on the main road (Shoreline Dr) and rig/launch from further to the South (around Shell Gate, Fair Haven or Sand Beach Roads.)


That is where I was generally rigging and launching during normal Northern wind patterns, which works out nicely.

Ron wrote:The beach was completely rebuilt this winter (December 2013) and there is now a lot of room to launch in front of the shack. No need to rig on on the grass anymore. However there are a lot of sharks on windy days due to the shallow waters so be careful.


I'm really happy with the new beach and I'll be sure to watch for fins in the whitecaps on windy days. *&HN
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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby le noun » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:03 pm

Just kited Alameda Monday and oh boy! The new beach is AWESOME! _+_+

It's gonna be so much better on a busy day. So much room.
I'm wondering though: the lack of room dictated to launch the opposite of what's supposed to be the "safe way" : the kiter would be in the water and the launcher on sand.
Now that we have room, are we going back to the safe way and launch somebody with the kite towards the water?
I'm sure Jane and Rebecca from Boardsports will have a new guideline ready for the season, but I'm also sure it's gonna take a couple of months to change the habits of people who have been dealing with the small beach for years.
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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby WindMuch » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:15 pm

le noun wrote:Now that we have room, are we going back to the safe way and launch somebody with the kite towards the water?


I always think about that when launching. If you're gonna get dragged somewhere, I *usually* choose water over hard objects such as cars, apartment buildings, trees, etc.

Let's see what Jane and Rebecca have to say. Ladies?

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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby CdoG » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:25 pm

I think they're out of the country right now....
But I to liked the room to launch off shore
And with the new area, runaway kites should go down the beach and not down the street.
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Re: [East Bay] Alameda/Crowne Beach

Postby WindMuch » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:29 pm

I pinged Jessie from Boardsports this morning so they know this is being discussed here. I also believe Jane and Rebecca are out of town, but he may be in touch with them for an idea of how they foresee the launch situation going with the new beach setup.

More news as it's fit to print...

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