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Old 24th May 2010, 05:32 AM   #1
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Question What gear to take to San Fransisco?

Hi everyone... I am going to San Fran early August for three weeks to visit an old guy. Boring... but then I thought, if I took my WS gear it could be transformed into the greatest holiday of my life!

So my question is,if I can take one board and maybe 2 sails, what should they be?

Board options are:

205 litre Bic Techno (please don't tell me to take this one!)
122 litre 2003 Starboard carve (My most loved board, uphaulable if necessary)
80 litre wave board (very light for travel and great in strong winds for me)

my weight 100kg (but this may balloon to 105kg within a week of eating American portion sizes)

Sails anywhere from 4.1m to 8m


There is one other complication... we will be heading up to the Hood river Gorge for a couple of days too. I guess it is impossible to have one set of gear to cover the Gorge AND SF Bay. But any advice greatly appreciated... bearing in mind my windsurfing will be 90% on SF Bay.

thanks in advance from Ben in New Zealand...
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Old 24th May 2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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In August you will get more days with the 122 then with the 80. An ideal board for you would be around 90-100 liters for most days in August.

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Old 24th May 2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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Having lived in the Bay Area (next to 3:rd Avenue), and being of similar weight, I think that you should be able to do fine with a 6 m (that is 4.7 weather for regular sized guys) and a 7 - 7.5 m sail and the F122.

It will be big at times, but will work just fine at least at Coyote Point, Palo Alto and Candlestick. Up at Sherman Island it is most certainly going to be big. It depends on where you friend lives.
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Old 25th May 2010, 04:33 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, great info...

my friend lives in Mill Valley in Marin county so i will look up those sites on google Earth to see which ones are handiest to get to. A 5.9 is my favourite sail at the moment so it sounds great...
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Old 25th May 2010, 01:38 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, great info...

my friend lives in Mill Valley in Marin county so i will look up those sites on google Earth to see which ones are handiest to get to. A 5.9 is my favourite sail at the moment so it sounds great...
From Mill Valley the closets spot is Larskpur it is a fun and easy place that allows very long runs. I go there in August because it is often the only spot out of the fog line.

Almost as close is Crissy Field, but is August it can be shut down by the same fog, it is a very hard, expert only spot, mostly because of its currents. Than there is Candlestick (reliable), Coyote (bit of a wind-line) and 3rd Ave (great for large swell). August is still quite windy, you might be able to use your 80L board, but the 122L will see quite a lot of use, at 70Kg my most used boards in Aug are 95-74L sails 6.6 to 4.7.

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Old 26th May 2010, 04:55 AM   #6
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thanks guys, I am fully psyched up and ready to go. Let's hope I can avoid the excess baggage costs...
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Old 25th May 2010, 01:15 PM   #7
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Mill Valley sounds like if Lakespur and Rod&Gun would be the most convenient spots. I believe these spots have somewhat lighter winds than spots on the Peninsula, but should be very good regardless.

Check out http://www.sfba.org/sites/sites.php

And weather reports are essential, see for example http://poulton.net/windsurf/
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