Boardsports California, Alameda
We are a beach-side location. We sit at the end of the parking lot in Crown Beach Memorial Park: Intersection of Westline Dr and Otis Dr, Alameda, 94501. If you are using a GPS enter 600 Westline Drive, Alameda.


Telephone 1:  415.385.1225


Email: info@BoardsportsCalifornia.com
Website: www.BoardsportsCalifornia.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoardsportsCalifornia/
Instagram: boardsportsca


Contact person:  Rebecca Geffert
Owner: Rebecca Geffert


Since (operation start): 2002
Team members: (how many persons works) ~25
 

About the spot:

Boardsports’ Alameda Crown Beach is a beach jewel for Bay Area riders It features a huge and long white sand beach facing the waterfront of San Francisco. Alameda sports a split personality: light to moderate summer winds versus huge spindrift covered rollers whipped by powerful southwest winter winds. Make no mistake about it during storms Alameda is a ride on the wild side as a 16 mile fetch, powerful winds, and shallow water work magic on the big rollers. 

On most summer days, Alameda is a haven for beginners and intermediates who hone their skill in the generally light side-onshore winds. The side-onshore winds, weak current, and long beach downwind inspire confidence. The water is warmer than any site in the Bay. The water is shallow most of the time depending on the tides

Since Alameda is not in the main wind pathway, it rarely gets strong summer wind but it does get swell from the main bay. Still, there are some days when Alameda gets strong winds during the summer -- look for deep fog over San Francisco and reports of high wind at the Altamont Pass. 

Alameda has it all when it comes to recreation for the non-riders tagging along: lawns, tennis, BBQs, restrooms, biking, golf nearby, basket ball, and a great beach for walking. 

 

Wind condition: Spring winds can be as high as 30, but average is 12-17knots

Water condition:  1-2 foot rolling swell

Best time to ride: April-August

Best hours to ride: 1pm-6pm

Rescue boat: Yes/No No, Shallow

 

How to get there:

Crown Beach Memorial Park, Intersection of Westline Dr and Otis Dr, Alameda, 94501*

For GPS, use 600 Westline Dr, Alameda 94501

*We highly recommend our directions below. If you prefer to use Internet directions, use 600 Westline Drive, Alameda 94501 for the location, then follow our directions below for getting to our school on the beach.

From San Francisco and points North…

From San Francisco take the Bay Bridge 80 east. (From Points North take 580 to 80 west)

Then proceed to 880 south towards Alameda / San Jose.

Get off the freeway at the Broadway/Alameda exit.

Make a right at the first traffic light (5th Street). Stay to the right, follow the signs towards Alameda/Broadway. Begin to move over into the left lane.

Follow the sign (Route 61/Alameda), veer left under the overpass into the Webster Street Tube.

While in the tube, move to the left lane and prepare to exit left onto Constitution Way/Marina Village Parkway immediately after the tunnel.

Pass through Atlantic intersection. (Walgreens/Kinkos on the corner).

Pass through Buena Vista intersections. Cross through Lincoln Avenue intersection (Constitution Way changes into 8th Street at this intersection).

Continue on 8th Street. Pass through Central Avenue intersection. Ball park, tennis courts on the right in a grassy park area.

Follow Eighth Street to the third set of traffic lights (at Otis) and turn right into the entrance of Crown Beach Memorial Park.

You will find us at the southern (far) end of the parking lot. We are in the brown building physically on the beach with the Boardsports School sign on it.

From the East…

CA-24 W becomes I-980 W.

Take the 12TH STREET exit. go 0.3 miles

Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto BRUSH ST. go 0.3 miles

Turn LEFT onto 5TH ST. go 0.4 miles

Follow the sign (Route 61/Alameda), veer left under the overpass into the Webster Street Tube.

While in the tube, move to the left lane and prepare to exit left onto Constitution Way/Marina Village Parkway immediately after the tunnel.

Pass through Atlantic intersection. (Walgreens/Kinkos on the corner).

Pass through Buena Vista intersections. Cross through Lincoln Avenue intersection (Constitution Way changes into 8th Street at this intersection).

Continue on 8th Street. Pass through Central Avenue intersection. Ball park, tennis courts on the right in a grassy park area.

Follow Eighth Street to the third set of traffic lights (at Otis) and turn right into the entrance of Crown Beach Memorial Park.

You will find us at the southern (far) end of the parking lot. We are in the brown building physically on the beach with the Boardsports School sign on it.

From the South…

Take 880 to High Street/Alameda onto Coliseum Way, Go .4 miles.

Turn Left on High Street, Go 1.5 miles.

Turn Right on Otis Drive, go 2.1 miles.

Follow Otis until it ends and go straight into Crown Beach Park.

You will find us at the southern (far) end of the parking lot. We are in the brown building physically on the beach with the Boardsports School sign on it.

Via Public Transport

OPTION 1 (takes about 1 1/2 hrs from San Francisco)

Take Bart to the Fruitvale stop in Oakland. Then take AC Transit Bus #20 to Crown Beach in Alameda (intersection Otis and Westline Drive). We are at the south end of the parking lot in the brown building on the beach.

OPTION 2 (ferry/walk or bicycle, takes about 50 minutes from San Francisco) Take the Alameda/Oakland Ferry from the Ferry Building in San Francisco. From the Ferry terminal in Alameda, ride your bike or walk to our beach facility (2.6miles). The entrance to Crown Beach Park is at 600 Westline Drive, then go to the south end of the parking lot and we are the brown building on the beach.

Airport – by plane – where to plan you trip?  San Francisco Airport (SFO)

 

Equipment:  
Full Nobile Demo gear (in the US no one can rent kites for liability reasons).  We will, however, rent to expert kiters.  We also rent windsurfing gear, SUPs and kayaks.

 

Kiteboarding

Boards - yes

Kites - yes

Bar - yes

Wetsuits - yes

 

Interesting facts: 2 mile long, sandy shallow beach, with side-shore winds.

 

Why you, why people should come to you?

The only beginner intermediate friendly spot in the bay area.  We have the exclusive teaching/renting rights at this beach.  We have the best instructors and equipment available with a fun, friendly staff