KGB Kiteboarding Locations
Come learn to kite at one of our great lesson locations.
Kite Shop & IKO Lesson Center-Emeryville Marina, Emeryville CA
Our scenic & sunny Emeryville Marina location enjoys some of the most consistant winds in the SF bay. Our Kite Shop & IKO Affiliated Kiteboarding Center is open for lessons & gear sales seasonally from April-September. Land Lessons are conducted in the park adjacent to our shop & school trailer. When the winds are light at our shallow beach locations we use Waverunners (PWC) for deep water lessons allowing us access to more reliable winds and a large, wide open learning area which are very beneficial while learning how to kiteboard.
There are full facilities including showers. as well as restaurants, stores and other amenities adjacent. For lessons please pre schedule online. Walk-ins are welcome for the shop. Click on the map link below for directions and more info.
KGB Westside-Sierra Point Marina, Brisbane CA
Located in the Sierra Point Marina, KGB Westside by Jason Reyes offers our clients from the SF peninsula the opportunity to learn with KGB closer to home or work on the westside of the San Francisco Bay. This Brisbane, CA location enjoys very consistent thermal winds from April-Sep and is open for land & Jet ski assisted lessons by appointment only from 1pm-6pm daily April-Sep.
Jason Reyes is the primary instructor at this location. Jason has been teaching kitesurfing locally since 2010 and he absolutely loves it. His experienced approach is simple, focusing on safety & fun with patience & intuition.
“Most of my adult life has been spent working in outdoor leadership and hospitality management. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges and rewards of instruction. Every students experience and satisfaction drives me to grow as an instructor and ambassador of this sport.” Jason Reyes, Manager/Instructor KGB Westside
Parking is free
Lesson Location-Toll Plaza Beach, Oakland CA
Toll Plaza Beach is an awesome East Bay spot for Kiteboarding. It is well suited and safe for beginners-advanced. A smaller beach at 200 yds, it benefits from shallow water with a solid sandy bottom, side onshore winds, easy access and safe downwind egress.
This beach is good in the Spring and Summer months. Use a combination of real time wind readings from Port of Oakland or Oakland Berth 12mph+, Berkeley 20mph+ and Treasure Island 20mph+ to assure that you will have rideable winds near the shoreline. For all Levels the beach is best when the tide is between 1-4.5ft.
Tips: If when kiting you are caught without wind downwind of the beach and in the bird refuge then no worries, simply stand up when possible. You will be very surprised at how shallow the water actually is. Flag out and recover your kite and bar and walk in via the short path to the access road where it turns from the freeway offramp.
Beware of submerged rocks on North and South ends of the beach. Beware of the power lines near the parking area and rig/launch your kites a ways down the beach to avoid them. Do not leave any valuables in your car, this is urban kiteboarding. Do not kite here alone if you can avoid it. Some days you may need to walk or body drag out to the wind line as the wind may tend to be lighter near the shore making water starts from the beach somewhat challenging at times.
Lesson clients should always come to the Powell St Emeryville Marina location before a scheduled beach lesson time unless otherwise notified. This spot is accessible by motorized vehicles only. Have fun when kiting here and please feel free to contact us for more information and conditions.
Here are some driving directions.
- From the North head towards San Francisco.
- From the South or East you need to go to Emeryville first.
- Go towards Sacramento on the 80 East.
- Take the Powell street exit and make a Left at the ramp light
- Immediately make the first right and get back on 580/80 West.
- Go towards San Francisco stay towards the right.
- Take the W Grand Ave/Maritime exit 8A.
- Immediately slow down as you are going to want to make a right turn before the road starts going up over the over pass.
- Slow down since you can’t see this until the last second as you approach. If you do miss it you’ll go over overpass and have to circle around back through Emeryville
- When you leave TP you have only one option – turn right at the end of the by road and continue on the West Grand exit overpass that you originally got off at.
- To hit 580 West Bay Bridge or 580 East (and optionally to 24 or 980) simply make a u-turn at the first light. No need to go to 80, exit and backtrack.
- To hit 80 East Berkeley, continue straight, follow the signs and turn left and the second light.
- To hit 880 South, continue straight, follow signs and turn right at the second light also.
Lesson Location-Roberts Landing Beach, San Leandro CA
Scenic & secluded Roberts Landing beach has both shallow warm water and on shore thermal winds, seasonally from May-Aug. This tiny & little used public beach offers students the opportunity to learn in a safe and quiet beach environment, free from distractions. You will really appreciate the serenity of the spot and some clients have equated the experience of learning here with that of being on a vacation. Lessons at this location are by appointment only and very dependent on weather tide conditions lining up. Use the San Leandro offshore sensor for best real time wind readings, best on a west with some north. Safe and shallow as far as you can see, best on 3-6ft tide.
Roberts Landing beach is located along private Neptune Drive at the western end of Lewelling Blvd in San Leandro, CA. Access to this beach requires a 15 min walk from the lesson parking area in the mall, located at 2050 Lewelling Boulevard. We will usually meet students at this parking area.
Please arrive at the parking area 20 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson time. Do not park in the subdivision at the end of Lewelling, you may be towed! Toilet facilities, restaurants and stores are available but are limited to the lesson parking area only. For Roberts Landing launch site info, parking maps & directions view KGB Kiteboarding Schools in a larger Google map.