East Bay Summer Fun
Whether you want to sail, paddle, or float, the East Bay is the perfect place to catch the last wave of summer.
There’s only one month left until summer is officially over, but there’s still time to take advantage of the warm rays and master—or remaster—a new water sport.
Set sail across the seven seas—or the Bay, at least. In Oakland, Afterguard Sailing Academy helps people learn how to safely sail in a low-stress environment. The school offers professional boating and sailing lessons for sailors of all levels, as well as boat rentals and tours. Once you’ve gained some nautical experience, Berkeley’s OCSC Sailing offers you a chance to utilize your new skills during its Seamanship Under Sail class. You can improve your confidence and skill by practicing technical and “out of the box” maneuvers, such as sailing blindfolded, steering by sails alone, getting in and out of irons, and sailing backwards at speed. afterguard.net, ocscsailing.com.
Push off in a smaller boat with Westwind Adventures’ kayak tours. These guided trips take off from both the Martinez Marina and Benicia’s Ninth Street Park or First Street Park. The tours vary in difficulty, so both beginners and experts can enjoy smooth sailing. If you’re looking for more variety, Kite Naked’s Benicia Kite and Paddle Sports offers private and group lessons on a range of water sports, including kite surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. westwindadventures.com, kiteskatepaddle.com.
Go With the Flow
In Alameda, you can truly test your water-sport skills at Mike’s Paddle’s SUPAsana yoga classes. Instructors take students out onto Ballena Bay, where they practice yoga while balancing on paddleboards. While this activity is not for beginners, Mike’s offers an introductory half-day yoga retreat, which is required before you can attempt a floating downward dog. Once you’ve mastered your technique, you’ll be all set for some serious yoga flow. mikespaddle.com.