Ever wonder what kitesurfing in San Francisco, CA looks like? You've come to the right place. We know that getting a lay of the land (or water) is helpful in planning kite trips, business trips (with side of kiting), or other. In this article, we've collected 36 views of San Francisco kitesurfing. Inspired by the artwork of Hokusai and the views of Mt. Fuji 🌊. We've taken example and brought it to life here in SF.
Scroll on to check out what it looks like specifically at our favorite SF kitesurfing location, Ocean Beach. Kelly's Cove at Ocean Beach on the northside of the city's western beach is brought to life in images below. The location offers great conditions in any month of the year. Known for great waves, SW, W, and NW winds, and wide open sand for easy rigging and launching. Come check us out in person!
Ocean Beach borders the full length of San Francisco, CA. The beach is very wide, allowing for ample rigging space and safety away from others. There's even front row parking so you don't even have to walk far. Show up, set up, ride. It's that simple. Plenty of space of all.
A closer view of the riding and rigging conditions at Ocean Beach. High and low tides don't significantly effect the amount of beach. All the kitesurfers leave their gear on the beach, such as other boards, kites, bars, etc. while they go ride among the waves.
The northern Pacific ocean is known for big swells and large periods. The periods, or distance in between waves, makes for a natural playground in San Francisco. Large expanses of flat water, that lead into nicely shaped waves, promotes jumping and carving.
The northern California coastline is beyond beautiful. Epic views of cliffs, wildlife, sunsets, and more. You'll be blown away by the size and scale of the landscape as seen from the unique view of the ocean. There's hundreds of miles of coastline to explore, and no shortage of waves and natural wonder.
Sunset sessions on the Pacific Ocean rival the best. Check out the Marin Headlands to the north, and the coastal California hills (and Highway 1) to the south. Every day the sun offers a great golden light over the cresting waves of the great Pacific(when it's not foggy).
NorCal offers up year-round wind and wwaves. Plenty of space to kite and surf without crowds or lack of conditions. On any given day, it's either windy or pumping waves. Take your pick, grab your wetsuit, and get your thrills. San Francisco has a choice of spots for all riding levels.
San Francisco is a world-class city. International food, vibrant business atmosphere, and a beautiful landscape. Did you know that there is 5+ miles of beachline on the western edge to boot? Yes. Name another top-tier city with allstar waves and kitesurfing (comment below).
The winds in San Francisco blow hard. There's a reason why it's always a little chilly in the city. No matter what time of year, you're going to find steady breezes and a marine climate. No snow or freezing temperatures. Just good, clean ocean air blowing out of the W, SW, and NW.
Downwinders for miles. In case you didn't know, we love and recommend oceanside kitesurfing downwinders in San Francisco. San Francisco has 5+ miles of coastline, with wind and waves conditions that are consistent and prevalent. Here you see a group of kitesurfers enjoying a session together.
San Francisco has some incredible views. Twin Peaks, Sutro Baths, Coit Tower, and Golden Gate Park are to name a few. But how many can say they've seen it from within the ocean. Well, we can. And we hope you can. It's an amazing view of the city and penninsula.
North of the bay is the Marin Headlands. Seen in the distance below this kitesurfer, the Headlands offer beauty and majestic views. You can't always see them across the bay due to fog, but on a clear day they offer a reminder of the amazing California coastline that surrounds San Francisco.
There's some funky houses along the beachside in SF. Pictured here is Outer Richmond. Outer Sunset has it's own character as well. Offering up awesome views of the coastline and Pacific within the city limits. Where else can you get this mix of beach and city at these epic proportions?
The Cliff House is a classic institution. Perched on the cliffside of the northwest corner of San Francisco, it provides the best views of kiting and surfing from the dining room. Grab a beer or a 5-star meal and watch your favorite watersports below. We highly recommend the Cliff House for you pre or post-session dining experience.
The kitesurfing scene is growing in San Francisco. On good, windy days you'll see 40-50 kites up and down the coastline. It is really becoming a major riding spot in California for locals, visitors, and wind junkies alike. Come check it out for yourself. No need to be afraid of cold water. Wetsuits do their job well.