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San Francisco is one of the world’s greatest cities and can be found in the state of California, USA. As well as the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco has some awesome places to visit and things to do. With a great sporting history in their American Football the San Francisco 49ers and having had arguably the best Quarterback in history with Joe Montana there is no doubt that San Francisco is not a place to be missed. Many people, especially the many of the locals miss the truly beautiful Paddle Boarding spots in and around the bay area of the city. Below are some of our favorite places and where we would recommend you go and visit whether this is your first or hundredth time on a SUP!
Best Places for SUP in the bay area
- Richardson Bay
One of the best spots for beginners to go and improve their skills whilst taking in the fantastic view. You can rent a SUP from the local Sea Trek (link below); they also offer lessons on a Saturday and Sunday morning if you’ve never been on a Paddleboard before. The only problem may be finding a parking space as there are only 6 for the public, make sure you don’t park in spaces which say ‘permit parking only’ or you will get a ticket! https://www.seatrek.com/
- Del Valle Regional Park
A five-mile long lake is the perfect place to go paddle boarding. With a nice beach to have a picnic on once you have tired yourself out this is the ideal place to take a day trip to in the summer! Outback adventures (link below) can be found just next to the beach where you can rent Kayaks, SUP’s as well as camping equipment, so if you wanted to take your adventure to the next level that would be easily possible. http://www.outbackadventures.com/rentals/stand_up/
- Crown Beach
With calm waters and an unforgettable view of the San Francisco skyline Crown Beach is a must see for any SUP enthusiasts and tourists alike. Parking sometimes costs $5 but that is only when the Kiosk is manned which is rarely. However, we must warn you that the water is very shallow and not to go too far out or the current becomes too strong and you might end up being in a bit of bother. Nevertheless, this spot is one of our favorites and with the 2.5-mile beach and local California Boardsports rent shop you can’t go wrong.
- Shoreline Lake
If you’re looking to burn some calories whilst chilling out SUP Yoga might be for you! The Shoreline Lake boathouse (link below) offers SUP Yoga classes as well as lessons for beginners which last an hour 30 minutes of which is on land learning about the Board, balancing techniques, what happens if you stand on different areas etc; the remaining 30 minutes is spent in the water learning other essential skills. The Boathouse also has an American Bistro which can re-energize you once you’ve finished your paddling workout! https://shorelinelake.com/sup.html
We hope this article has helped you find an amazing view near you! If not then don’t lose hope as there are plenty of SUP spots we didn’t cover above. Although our favorite and what we believe to be the best all round Paddle Boarding spots are above so if you have the time we highly recommend choosing one of those destinations!