36 Pictures of Kitesurfing in San Francisco, CA

36 Views 📷 of Kitesurfing in San Francisco, CA

See what it's like to kitesurf in San Francisco as pictured by local riders, locations, and 5-star conditions


Paulie
May 1st, 2020

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!


36. Front row parking to an ocean kitesurfing paradise


Ocean side parking in San Francisco for kitesurfing beach access

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.


35. Plenty of waves, sand, and kitesurfers at Ocean Beach


Top Kite Surfing Destination, San Francisco

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.


34. Kitesurfing in the natural ocean playground


San Francisco Kitesurfing in the natural ocean playground

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.


33. Views of the epic Northern California coastline


Views of the epic Northern California coastline while kitesurfing

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.


32. Sunset kitesurfing sessions over the Pacific


Sunset kitesurfing sessions over the Pacific OCean in San Fran

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).


31. No shortage of wind and waves to choose from


No shortage of wind and waves to choose from in SF Bay Area

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.


30. 5 miles of coastline within the international city of SF


5 miles of kiteboarding coastline within the international city of SF

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).


29. Strong winds blowing regularly from NW, W, and SW


Strong winds blowing regularly from NW, W, and SW for kitesurfing

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.


28. Downwinders in the ocean for miles


Kite surf downwinders in the ocean for miles

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.


27. Views of Ocean Beach from the waterfront


Views of Ocean Beach from the waterfront kites

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.


26. Looking North to Marin Headlands


Looking North to Marin Headlands during kitesurf sessions

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.


25. San Fran row houses along the beach


San Fran row houses along the kitesurfing beach

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?


24. The Cliff House is a historical landmark


Surfing in front of the Cliff House - historical landmark

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.


23. Plenty of riders to keep you company on the water


Plenty of riders to keep you company on the water in San Francisco

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.


22. Two Dutch windmills inhabit the coast


Two Dutch windmills inhabit the San Francisco coast

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21. Launching against the painted ladies of the beachside


Kiteboarder launching against the painted ladies of the beachside

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20. Sutro heights shows the coast from the forest


Sutro heights shows the coast from the forest

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19. Outer Richmond and Sunset are your neighborhoods


Outer Richmond and Sunset are your neighborhoods for kitesurf sessions

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#18 - #1... Coming soon!







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