Deano’s answer to: “How do I get windsurfing lessons in the bay area?”

Windsurfing has definitely taken a solid back seat to kiteboarding, so it is actually a bit more of a challenge than it was, say, 10 years ago.

That said, one of the best places to learn is Boardsports School in Alameda, CA: http://boardsportsschool.com/win…

Located in the middle of Alameda's Crown Memorial Beach, Boardsports is a great place to learn a wide variety of surf-related sports (including the aforementioned kiteboarding, and stand-up paddle boarding) – the combination of the enclosed bay, plus a water depth of no greater than 5-6 feet even a few hundred yards from shore makes for an ideal training ground.

The main difficulty, in fact, is the irregularity of available wind power as compared to a coastal launch point. Still, it's a rare weekend that you won't find windsurfers and kiteboarders in abundance here, zipping back and forth, learning various tricks, and just generally having a good time.

Tell them Dean sent you, and watch their puzzled look as they haven't a clue what you mean.

How do I get windsurfing lessons in the bay area?

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