by Royce Vaughn
(Oakland, Ca, US)
KGB Kiteboarding, San Francisco, CA
KGB Kiteboarding is an IKO Affiliated Center/Kitesurfing School and Best Kiteboarding Premiere School/Shop. We are located on the Eastern shore of the scenic San Francisco Bay, in Emeryville, CA. Our East Bay location offers some of the most consistent on-shore thermal winds North America has to offer as well as being one of the sunniest spots on the seasonally foggy bay.
During the windy summer season from April-Sept, we are open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm+ (weather permitting). Our team of IKO certified and very experienced instructors are among the best in the world and our shop stocks a full assortment of the Best kiteboarding gear available.
We are located just 20 minutes east of downtown San Francisco and 30-40 minutes from either San Francisco or Oakland airports. We can be easily accessed by bike, car or public transportation. For location and driving directions please see Google Maps / KGB Kiteboarding San Francisco.
Seasonally from April-Sept the San Francisco Bay Area benefits from a daily onshore thermal flow usually ranging from 15kt-30kt.
At our school location these winds usually arrive by late morning and continue until the early evening hours. Close by to us there are also many other world class kite launches to visit. From epic surf breaks on the coast (Waddell Creek/Dillon Creek) to flat fresh water spots inland (Sherman Island). The average temperature at our IKO Center's location during the windy season ranges from 60F-80F. The Bay Area has many micro climates, so you can always find the weather and conditions that you want!
Lessons and Offerings:
During our summer season we offer kiteboarding lessons on a daily basis. From beginner to advanced shallow-water beach lessons as well as open-water Jet ski assisted lessons and downwinders. We offer both Group (1 instructor:4 students max) and Private instruction (1:1). Ages 12yr-88yr. Group discounts are available.
In the winter months we offer IKO certified snowkiting instruction and backcountry snowkiting tours in the Lake Tahoe Area (by appointment only & wind/snow dependent). Lake Tahoe is an awesome world class winter sports destination with over 15 ski resorts and is just a few hours drive east of the bay.
We provide students with the latest and safest Best Kiteboarding gear during their instruction. All equipment and wetsuits rentals are included in the lesson prices.
All water lessons are all done in minimum 2hr blocks and typically follow the IKO lesson plans. IKO Level 1-level 3. For these lessons we will usually start most students on 4-line 3m inflatable kites. Typically the 2-line trainer kite lesson is bypassed in favor of this more progressive teaching method, which we find accelerates the clients ability to lock in first piloting quickly and safely. This allows for much faster progression and better 4-line kite skills right from the very start.
Private lessons are always tailored to meet each students specific needs.
All lesson pricing as well as lesson plan information is available on our website.
Walk-ins appointments are welcome but lesson reservations during peak season are highly recommended.
For kiters traveling without gear and for downwinder clients, short-term gear rentals w/credit card deposits are available for those certified IKO level 3k+, please call for more info.
Lodging and Entertainment:
We have wi-fi and full restroom facilities onsite.
There are also a full range of hotels, restaurants and shopping areas within a very short walk or drive from the school.
If you get tired of kiting everyday and want a day off, you will not be bored. Aside from kiting here are many sites to see as well as outdoor and indoor activities to do in the area.
San Francisco, Oakland & Berkeley have an extensive variety of world class nightlife (bars-lounges-clubs) that will keep you going well after the wind stops for the day.
Please email or phone us with any questions or with assistance making your travel plans.
Please visit our website for more information as well as F.A.Q.'s http://www.kgbswag.com
KGB Kiteboarding, IKO Center and Best School/Pro Shop:
3310 Powell st, Emeryville, Ca 94608 Phone: 888.411.0732 (Toll free U.S. Only)
2721 West St, Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: +001.510.967.8014