Kitesurfing San Francisco

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FOIL SURFING LESSONS

FoilSurfing is a new watersport combining the magic of a foil and energy of a wave.  It's the new craze for both shortboard and SUP surfers alike!  But without foiling experience, it can be a long and difficult learning process.  Take a Foilsurfing course that will give you the confidence to paddle out in the waves and catch your first foiling ride!  In this course, you will ride a foilboard behind a boat in calm waters, giving you the experience to "pop up" and maneuver the foil.              

Meet here on Treasure Island for all lessons

  • 2hr course, 1 day

  • $295

  • All gear included, foilboard, wetsuit

  • Add another person for $185

 
 
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SERVICES

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BEGINNER

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INTERMEDIATE

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ADVANCED

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BOARD SKILLS

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FOILBOARDING

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EXPEDITIONS

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LESSONS

BEGINNER

Welcome the sport of kitesurfing.  There are two components: kite-flying / board riding.  You need to do both proficiently and independently before you are able to do both simultaneously.  This course focuses on flying a full size, 4-line kite.  At first you fly the kite from the boat, then you get in the water and learn to body-drag.  You will have the opportunity to stand up on a board and go for your first ride if you prove you are ready for it.   

You don’t need any experience flying a training kite.  In fact, it’s better you have no experience and thus no bad habits!  It may take a while before you’re flying with confidence but as soon as you are, you’ll go into the water where the real progress begins!  This course will help you build kite-flying skills that are safe and effective habits for future progression that lead towards mastering this sport.   Meet here on Treasure Island for all lessons 

  • 3hr course, 1 day

  • $395

  • all gear included: kite, board, wetsuit, harness

  • add another person for $185

Welcome the sport of kitesurfing.  There are two components: kite-flying / board riding.  You need to do both proficiently and independently before you are able to do both simultaneously.  This course focuses on flying a full size, 4-line kite.  At first you fly the kite from the boat, then you get in the water and learn to body-drag.  You will have the opportunity to stand up on a board and go for your first ride if you prove you are ready for it.   

You don’t need any experience flying a training kite.  In fact, it’s better you have no experience and thus no bad habits!  It may take a while before you’re flying with confidence but as soon as you are, you’ll go into the water where the real progress begins!  This course will help you build kite-flying skills that are safe and effective habits for future progression that lead towards mastering this sport.   Meet here on Treasure Island for all lessons 

  • 3hr course, 1 day

  • $395

  • all gear included: kite, board, wetsuit, harness, radio helmets

  • add another person for $185

INTERMEDIATE

If you have some experience and want to start spending more time up on the water riding on the board (rather than in the water) then this is course for you.  You will spend the majority of the session in the water with the kite hooked up and the board on your feet trying to extend your riding time.  You might find it helpful to start with a little board riding riding using the KitePole.      Board Skills Video  

This is a great refresher course for those that had a previous lesson and are eager to get in the water and get going again.  Meet here on Treasure Island for all lessons  

  • 3hr course, 1 day

  • $395

  • All gear included: kite, board, wetsuit, harness, radio helmets

  • add another person for $185

 
 

ADVANCED

This course is for riders who are looking to add the final touches to their techinque.  Although you are spending most of the time up and riding on the water, you still aren't ready to go out on your own.  Many riders use this course as a confidence builder, knowing boat support is there for them as they discover the freedom to ride long distances.  Upwind riding is a focus point.  Meet here on Treasure Island for all lessons       

  • 3hr course, 1 day

  • $395

  • All gear included: kite, board, wetsuit, harness, radio helmets

  • add another person for $185

BOARD SKILLS

Board skills can be difficult to master, especially when you’re trying to fly a kite at the same time!  Being “hooked-in” and pulled with your harness is awkward at first.  This session with the “KitePole” will give you the opportunity to get comfortable with this connection and develop board handling skills.  Getting up and riding on the board is the main goal, but other helpful things like putting you on your feet and body-dragging are also practiced in this session.  Afterwards, you’ll be more prepared to take on the responsibility of flying a kite while holding a steady course with your board.  See video here

Meet here on Treasure Island for all lessons

 

FOILBOARDING

Foiling Kitesurfing...the new thing!  It's so smooth and feels so good!  But, you must already be advanced kitesurfer to take this on higher level of riding.  There's more balance necessary to handle the board and the speeds you will experience.  You will start to ride with "mini-mast" first behind the boat then later with a kite.  The goal is to build up some balance/technique and graduate to a longer mast as you master the short one.  It's like learning all over again, so be prepared to come back for more sessions!  Foiling Video

Meet here on Treasure Island for all lessons

  • 3hr course

  • $395

  • All gear included: kite, board, wetsuit, harness, 

  • Add another person for $185

Learn to Foilboard behid a boat first

EXPEDITIONS

Come kite the bay and enjoy one of the most spectacular kitesurfing settings in the world!  This Golden Gate Expedition is an experience of a lifetime where you will start kiting near the Golden Gate Bridge and ride downwind to Treasure Island.  Along the way, you will cruise passed the San Francisco cityfront and Alcatraz.  The enitre session is boat supported so you are guaranteed to make it back to land!  This is for advanced riders only and you must be prepared for strong, gusty winds and choppy waters.  See video here

Meet here on Treasure Island for all expeditions.

  • 3hr session

  • $395

  • All gear included: kite, board, wetsuit, harness

  • Add another person for $185

        

 
 
 
 

KITESURFING LA VENTANA, BAJA

Come down to Baja and get your kite on!  La Ventana is the place to go for a west coast winter kitesurfing getaway.  Located 2,5 hrs north of Cabo San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula, La Ventana has warm water, warm winds and a long beach making it a great spot to continue your kitesurfing progression.  

The winds are most consistent November through March. A good, classic La Ventana wind blows 20 to 25mph starting late morning and blowing til 5/6pm. There can be breaking swell that excites the wave-riders but the winds can also blow lighter, 10-15 making for great foiling conditions.    

 

There are many accommodations but Hacienda Del Playa Kite Club is recommended.  It's a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom beachfront mansion that can booked by a group or by separate parties.  It has great views from the various decks and has a pool and hot tub!  You can launch your kite right in front from the below.  CaptainJohn is the resort instructor so be sure to reserve lessons prior to arriving.  Send contact email 

 

  

 

ABOUT US

KiteTheBay is your vanguard to any kitesurfing endeavor.  The 21ft jet boat, named Windseeker, is used for all expeditions and lessons and can hold gear and up to 2 passengers.  Unlike other lesson programs, you will get in the water with a full-size kite on your first day.  Come in off the water and sit in the weather-protected housing of the Windseeker on the ride back to land.  You’ll receive live feedback and guidance through radio helmets. KiteTheBay uses all the top gear a F-One for all lessons.     

 

The bay can be hazardous and conditions can change.  We help people become confident in their abilities to handle a variety of conditions.  We’re here to help you push yourself past the early challenges and realize the freedom of being self-sufficient.  We want you to be able to make good decisions that help you stay stoked on kiting.  Things like

  • what kite size to rig?

  • how will the tidal current effect me?

  • what happens if the wind dies?

  • what to do if I’m over-powered?

Come out for a session or two to see this new-school approach to kiting.  It’s quick and efficient, yet happens at your pace.  It’s about getting totally focused on the wind and water to discover how you can find the harmony.  It’s about hanging on but also letting go.  Come and KiteTheBay!

 

Instructor's Bio

John von Tesmar is the lead instructor/owner of KiteTheBay.  He started the company in 2009.  His love of water activities includes sailing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, surfing, windsurfing and beach-chilling.  When not on his boat teaching on the bay, he is seeking ocean enjoyment somewhere, foiling mostly in wind or waves, with wings or kites.  He has participated in numerous HyrdroFoiling Racing events over the last few years in San Francisco and La Ventana, Baja Mexico where he spends the winter months.       

Originally from Cleveland Ohio, John grew up on Lake Erie, learning to sail with his father and friends.  He later learned how to windsurf and then kitesurf in 2003.  He spent summers working as windsurf instructor in Hatteras North Carolina and the Columbia River Gorge, before moving to the SF Bay Area where he started teaching kitesurfing. KiteTheBay is a product of his diverse experience and desire to provide the kitesufing experience in a more efficient and practical way.               

 

Wing-Foiling / Wing-surfing has recently emerged as a way to get on the water and enjoy a session holding the wing and riding a foilboard.  The simplicity of the gear makes it attractive to new water enthusiasts and also to long-time enthusiasts as a new challenge to take on.  With Wing-surfing, there's potential to get out in waves and ride swells in a downwinder or at proper surf breaks.

In this session you learn how to handle the wing first on land getting a feel for where to position it and get powered by the wind.  You will also get an explanation of how to go from "kneeling" to "stand-up" on a board.  Then we head out on the boat where you will launch onto a stable wingboard and begin see your progress.      

  • 3 hr session

  • $395

  • All Gear included: Wing, board, foil, wetsuit, radio helmets

  • Add another person for $185  

eFoiling is probably the coolest new water toy available today!  It allows you experience the magic of foil riding while controlling your speed with a hand held remote.  While you are able go fast and rip hard-carving turns, you can also take a moderate approach while working achieving the proper upright balance and foil control below the board.  

In this session, you will learn how to control the remote and understand the theory of foil dynamics.  Then your instructor, who will also be riding an eFoil board, will explain and demonstrate the stand up process.

  • 1.5 hr session

  • $295

  • Gear included: eFoil board, wetsuit, radio helmets

  • Add additional person for $295 

 
 

CaptainJohn@KiteTheBay.com

 

Tel: 415-295-5483

OPENING HOURS:

Mon - Sun: 9am - 10pm

 

Stuff to bring:  Sandals, sweatshirt, towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, backpack, water

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